Quiet: desert

The quiet of the desert
isn’t harsh or punishing,
not lonely or lacking, but pure,

the quiet of everything to be said
having been said
and now there is the sitting with it,

the quiet of stones and their stories,
and even the storms, who bear witness
without words, and then pass,

the quiet when all has been sanded away,
the removal of everything but this,
and the presence that fills the silence

with silence, the stillness of this,
and its being enough,
as are you.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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