Everything shifts with the push
and pull of tides.
Wood, stones, glass get sucked
out, and the waves give back sticks
of smooth-edged driftwood,
pebbles to hold in our hands,
rounded pieces of colored glass.
Like the sea, I want to be open
for the world to pull me in.
What can be made softer
will be revealed
with love and attention.
What cannot be changed,
I will learn to release,
let it sink steadily
to my ocean’s deepest ridges,
where the resilient things live.

(originally published by The Mindful Word)

:: Carolyn Chilton Casas