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Growing in Place with Mark Nepo — Unearthed Again

Transforming - Is it ever done?

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During this holiday time, I want to talk a bit about transformation and rebirth and share my poem “Unearthed Again” from The Way Under the Way. Many blessings to you!

During this holiday time, I want to talk a bit about transformation and rebirth and share my poem “Unearthed Again” from The Way Under the Way.


Unearthed Again

It starts out simple,

gets complicated and, by

burning what is not real,

gets simple again.

But it’s never done.

No matter if we’re tired,

spring comes and some undying

impulse breaks ground.

It’s the same with denial. Or pain. 

Or love. One day, if blessed, the tulip 

coated with soil is again a tulip, 

and with an urgency we thought 

we left behind, 

we must wake.

I think we could forget

all the ways to study in school

and just wait for this moment.

Those who wake are the students.

Those who stay awake are the teachers.

How we take turns.

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