Author Archives: Songlines Pilgrim

The Calm Amidst the Storm: A Note from Melville On Surviving Ourselves

“It may seem strange that of all men sailors should be tinkering at their last wills and testaments, but there are no people in the world more fond of that diversion. This was the fourth time in my nautical life … Continue reading

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Impressions of Manchester and the Songs of the Street, or, ‘Keep Calm and Busk On’

The news out of Manchester really got to me. Having dealt with loss in my personal life of late, I suppose I’m especially raw right now, but, upon reading the news yesterday morning, I found my eyes watering up and … Continue reading

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Doing Our Bewildered Best: Dispatches from the Pilgrim’s Path to Notoriety

“Bewilderment” There are many guises for intelligence. One part of you is gliding in a high windstream, while your more ordinary notions take little steps and peck at the ground. Conventional knowledge is death to our souls, and it is … Continue reading

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Making the Most of the Time Together: A Mother’s Day in Remembrance

“Wanderer’s Song” The thread in the hand of a kind mother Is the coat on the wanderer’s back. Before he left she stitched it close In secret fear that he would be slow to return. Who will say that the … Continue reading

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‘Be grateful for whatever comes’

The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd … Continue reading

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Come On Down, or ‘All the Roots Grow Deeper When It’s Dry’

Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go … Continue reading

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When Death Comes

When Death Comes by Mary Oliver When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the … Continue reading

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