'Belonging' - a poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

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22 Nov 2023

How do you belong to yourself? How do you belong in nature? How do you belong in community? As one? As many? Alone? United? Part of the collective? Enjoy this beautiful reflection from poet, teacher and storyteller, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

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And if it’s true we are alone,

we are alone together,

the way blades of grass are alone,

but exist as a field.

Sometimes I feel it,

the green fuse that ignites us,

the wild thrum that unites us,

an inner hum that reminds us of our shared humanity.

Just as thirty-five trillion red blood cells join in one body to become one blood.

Just as one hundred thirty-six thousand notes make up one symphony.

Alone as we are, our small voices weave into the one big conversation.

Our actions are essential to the one infinite story of what it is to be alive.

When we feel alone,

we belong to the grand communion of those who sometimes feel alone— we are the dust,

the dust that hopes,

a rising of dust,

a thrill of dust,

the dust that dances in the light with all other dust,

the dust that makes the world.

With thanks to author, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

Originally published by https://grateful.org/

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