Resource 5 The Layers by Stanley Kunitz (Tapestry of Faith)
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“The Layers”. Copyright (C) 1978 by Stanley Kunitz, from THE COLLECTED POEMS by Stanley Kunitz. Used by permission of W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.
Stanley Kunitz was a 20th/21st- century American poet, named American Poet Laureate in 2000.
I have walked through many lives,
Some of them my own,
And I am not who I was,
Though some principle of being
Abides, from which I struggle
Not to stray.
When I look behind,
As I am compelled to look,
Before I can gather strength
To proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
Toward the horizon
And the slow fires trailing
From the abandoned campsites
Over which scavenger angels
Wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
Out of my true affections
And my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
To its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
The manic dust of my friends,
Those who fell along the way
Bitterly sting my face.
Yet I turn, I turn,
With my will intact to go
Wherever I need to go,
And every stone on the road
Precious to me.
In my darkest night,
When the moon was covered and I
Roamed through wreckage,
A nimbus-clouded voice
“Live in the layers,
not the litter.”
Though I lack the art to decipher it,
No doubt the next chapter
In my book of transformations
Is already written.
I am not done with my changes.
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- Principled Commitment
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- From The High Hill
- About the Author(s)
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- Chapter 6 - Glimpses of Stories from the First High Hill Group
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Resource 2: Sample Participant Letter for Your Packet
- Resource 3 Sample Order of Service for Celebration of Elders
- Resource 4 Sample Order of Service for Celebration of Elders
- Resource 5 The Layers by Stanley Kunitz
- Resource 6 Things to not Leave Undone
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