breaking surface (mark nepo)

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013

Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won’t let one life be enough
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can’t be done.

Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.

You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.


“Breaking Surface” by Mark Nepo

feature image, Nalini-cinnamon and saffron



  1. Thanks for this reminder, Jessica. It crossed my phone just in time.

    • Andrea, so glad it arrived at just the right time!

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