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On the Brink of Everything by Parker J. Palmer

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Postlude

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Why Should I Ever Be Sad

Why should I ever be sad,

knowing the aspens are

always here dancing along

this trail, slim as willowy

girls, swinging their arms,

tossing their hair, swaying

their hips in rhythm with

the mountain wind. Above

the aspens, intensified sky,

a dream of blue seen only as

cities fade from view. Below

them a rocky slope covered

with clotted clumps of leaves

and fallen, rotted branches,

laying down a love bed where

Indian Paintbrush and white

violets grow amid a flourish

of green. All of the tumbled

boulders and rocks have found

their angle of perfect repose,

so why should I ever be sad?

All of this waits for me when ...

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