One thing that remains 10 years on

I heard this poem read the day after September 11, 2001. Like many, I was trying to make sense of what had just happened, and was about to happen. 10 years on, I still associate this writing with that lonesome day ... for me, it still speaks to our very human journeys, how we move forward through the great uncertainties, it speaks to the path we all travel, knowingly or unknowingly. Thinking of my son, in his dress blues, uncertain where our futures will take us; only knowing that our family has a gravity that holds and deepens as we pull each other closer through the turns. -Brian
Waltzing the Spheres

"We pulled each other closer in the turn
around a center we could not see -
This holding on is what I had to learn.

The sun can hold the planets, earth the moon,
but we had to create our gravity,
by always pulling closer in the turn.

Each revolution caused my head to whirl
so dizzily I wanted to break free,
but holding on is what I had to learn.

I fixed my eyes on something out there firm,
and then our orbits steadied so that we
could pull each other closer in the turn.

The joy that circles with us round the curve
is joy that passes surely as a peace,
and holding on is what we have to learn.

And, if our feet should briefly leave the earth,
no matter, earth was made for us to leave,
and arms for pulling closer in the turn,
This holding on is what we have to learn."

- Susan Scott Thompson, 1946-2007