Editor’s Note: In honor of Door County’s rich literary and photography communities, the editorial staff at Door County Living decided to highlight both in this issue’s literature section. Following is a poem written by Door County Poet Laureate Sharon Auberle, inspired by a springtime image captured by our photography director Len Villano.
ALONG THE WAY
With beauty before me, I walk.
With beauty behind me, I walk.
With beauty above me, I walk.
With beauty all around me, I walk.
~ Navajo Blessingway Ceremony
Amid the rubble and blossom
of our lives, we strive to find
a path, that ever-elusive road
that will show us the way.
Some days the path is clear
other days we struggle along,
potholes, detours, mudslides —
and then comes a day
when we find, for a little while,
a way. A place. A moment or two.
You can walk freely here,
leave behind what needs to be.
A friend beside you, or not – either
is fine, for there are trees touching you,
and skies the hue of the Virgin’s cloak
in crumbling old paintings and prayer books.
Or it’s a soft day, as the Irish say,
muted colors, air that caresses, kisses
your face like an old lover long forgotten.
Or the way you once loved yourself.
Sharon Auberle is the author of seven books, four of which are collaborations with other poets. Most recent is Dovetail, art and ekphrastic poetry with Jeanie Tomasko. A Pushcart Prize Nominee, Auberle is currently honored to be serving as Door County’s Poet Laureate.