"portal" from Magistra Veriditas painting, 2013

“portal” from Magistra Veriditas painting, 2013

Dear Friends,

I can’t resist inviting you to transcribe and to respond to another of Mary Oliver’s exquisite poems, Extending the Airport Runway.  Though the word “soul” is not in the poem, for me, the poem is completely about “soul”.  What do you make of it?



The good citizens of the commission

cast their votes

for more of everything.

Very early in the morning


I go out

to the pale dunes, to look over

the empty spaces

of the wilderness.


For something is there,

something is there when nothing is there but itself,

that is not there when anything else is.



the good citizens of the commission

have never seen it,


whatever it is,

formless, yet palpable.

Very shining, very delicate.


Very rare.


With love,


Day 34 of a series of daily prompts for written, visual, or art journalling, or just for pondering.  For more background information, see the Intro pagehttps://catcharissage.com/2014/10/29/announcing-sixty-days-of-visual-journalling-prompts/, or this post on visual journalling: https://catcharissage.com/2014/07/12/talking-about-journals/.