Free to Fly

Jane, Carol and me in NYC, October, 2013

Friends – Jane, Carol and me in NYC, October, 2013

I BOW TO IT ALL

I keep telling strangers that
to be in the presence of those
with whom  you can both share
pain and just celebrate waking
is the answer to loneliness.

Such friendship makes the sharing
of pizza in a noisy pub and the
standing in silence as the old oak
creeks all that one could ask for.

In truth, this process of being 
worn to only what is raw
and essential never ends.

It’s as if a great bird lives inside
the stone of our days and since
no sculptor can free it, it has to
wait for the elements to wear us
down until it’s free to fly.

~Mark Nepo~

Carol at Smith Canteen, Brooklyn, NY

Carol at Smith Canteen, Brooklyn, NY

Where would we be in this “process of being worn to only what is raw and essential” without our friends?  Carol and Jane have been friends since they were 12 years old, and since we were in NYC celebrating their 60th birthdays, that is  48 years!  Carol and I have been friends for 38 years, so added together that is a whopping 86 years of friendship, and that doesn’t include the years of my friendship with Jane.  It is through friendships like these that we get a glimpse of who we really are, and over time, what isn’t essential wears away until we are free to fly.

Beautiful Jane, and adorable Penny Lane

Beautiful Jane, and adorable Penny Lane

These photos were pilfered from an email Carol sent me the other day, which was serendipitous because this poem was sitting in draft form on my dashboard waiting for completion.  Thanks Carol.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Free to Fly

  1. A lovely ode to friendship Suellen. Cute photos too!

  2. janemacdonald2010@gmail.com says:

    Thanks, girlfriend. I miss you! Love to follow your beautiful blog. It makes me feel like you are next door! Xo Jane

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s