Dorland at Night

Dorland at Night

Today’s blog is a poem from Dorland, CA and a couple of quotes from:

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and The Art of Living by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman. The “quotes” from Marcus Aurelius, who was an early Roman emperor and a Stoic, return as old friends I first met in a throwaway book at a retreat at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula, California. First the poem:

Dorland at Night

It is all I can do on those

cold coming-up-on-full moon nights

in the mountains to get myself

in my cabin. Jack rabbits come

to play in new mown yellow bands.

California quail stand nervous

head plumes following their eyes.

Whispers of baby chirps and sounds

I could sleep to, or perhaps die.

Pink in the West fades pale as sin

leaving the wind to moan all night

on its own. I’m ready to throw

myself into this desert of

mountains, flowering mesquite. I could

become moon and moon and me gone

into the whispering shadows.

    <h3> <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Jo Ann Lordahl, Collected Poems</a>, p 48 </h3>

Quotes from, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and The Art of Living, from Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman.

The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. p 9

This morning, remind yourself of what is in your control and what’s not in your control. Remind yourself to focus on the former and not the latter. p 20 Jo Ann Lordahl, 9-29-23

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