Nancy's best friend, John Eastham, passed away this month. Some of his last words were, "I have had such a wonderful life." John was a sunbeam for all who knew him.
Gathering Sunbeams, from Dancing Moons, Delacorte Press, 1995, by Nancy Wood
The way to gather sunbeams is carefully, making sure
they do not break or become
mere shadows of your uncertainty.
The way to gather sunbeams is hopefully, bending
to catch the light between your fingers
before storm clouds devour opportunity.
The way to gather sunbeams is crazily, putting
them in your pocket if you catch any,
laughing at their feeling of mobility.
The way to gather sunbeams is joyfully, keeping
step with the dance they do across the earth,
drawing you into their world of fragility.