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Grand Lake Missive: Ginny Hoyle

Editor’s note: We asked our 36 Grand Lake retreaters to consider contributing to the  blog so we could have virtual trips there. Our first is a prose poem from the wonderful Ginny Hoyle. Thanks, Ginny, and bring on the rest!

A poet's paradise: Grand Lake 2010



Today I meet the meadow half-way. It is holding still. It is green and gold, warmed by a gentle sun. Once I might have chased it, seized it, worried it the way a dog makes a rag doll of a downed bird. Once I might have tried to take it apart, my tool kit stocked with mesmerizing weapons of distraction. Then I was a match in a falling forest, a keyboard chewing up the land. Now I let the meadow come to me. I roost on a rail fence as five sleek horses ingest the green-gold hour, turning sweet grass into muscle and bone. If I hold still enough long enough, maybe I will see how the thing is done.

 –Ginny Hoyle

11 comments on “Grand Lake Missive: Ginny Hoyle

  1. JD
    July 20, 2010

    Ohhhh, Ginny. Thank you for turning me into sweet grass.
    I’ll just wait here for a horse to come along and turn me into muscle and bone.

    You’re a fine, fine poet, Sister.


  2. Marie
    July 20, 2010

    Beautiful words for a beautiful moment. I think the meadow has found a home in you.


  3. mjhenry
    July 24, 2010

    Lovely, Ginny. Just lovely.

  4. fourdaysaweek
    July 26, 2010

    Ginny, thank you for sharing your beautiful words, for showing how to slow down, hold still, and “let the meadow come to me.” -Mia

  5. Deb
    July 26, 2010

    Ahhh, so beautiful, Ginny. I hope I can someday learn to meet the meadow halfway… And such a lovely photo of you, too.

  6. allyn
    July 28, 2010

    Could you be any cooler? You wow me!

  7. Ginny Hoyle
    July 29, 2010

    Oh my gosh, Mia just sent me a link and I found all these lovely lovely notes. Thank you so much, sweetest people in my world. Does this mean I am twittering?? Will get daughter Allyn to explain finer points of all this…

  8. Dale McDonell
    August 13, 2010

    A parable for our times.

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  10. Catherine Wallace Hope
    April 2, 2012

    Oh, Ginny! How gorgeous! xoxox, c.

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