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a poem for a snowy day

January 28, 2011

Spouse saw the following writing on tumblr, possibly written in prose. I was intrigued enough to track down where it came from, and discovered it was a poem, and his excerpt did not include the first stanza.

I had never heard of the poet, James Kavanaugh, before, but he sounds like he was a very interesting person. I was sorry to learn that he died at the end of 2009.

I haven’t been able to find a title for the work, so it’s presented here without one.


Some people do not have to search –

they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly content

and resigned.

They do not seem to ask much of life,

sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously.

At times I envy them,

but usually I do not understand them –

seldom do they understand me.


I am one of the searchers.

There are, I believe, millions of us.

We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue

to explore life,

hoping to uncover its ultimate secret.

We continue to explore ourselves,

hoping to understand.


We like to walk along the beach –

we are drawn by the ocean,

taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and

unspeakable beauty.

We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the

lonely cities as well.


Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter.

To share our sadness with the one we love is perhaps as great a

joy as we can know –

unless it is to share our laughter.


We searchers are ambitious only for life itself,

for everything beautiful it can provide.

Most of all we want to love and be loved.

We want to live in a relationship that will not impede

our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls.


We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

We are wanderers, dreamers and lovers,

lonely souls who dare ask of life everything good and


~James Kavanaugh, from There Are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves



One Comment leave one →
  1. Julezyme permalink
    May 26, 2011 04:35

    Love love love love love

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