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Poem: A Deeper Existence

from our poet of the month, Deborah Anne Quibell

Winding Road


"Follow your fatigue. / It will lead you on a winding road / towards the truth you've been avoiding."


Follow your fatigue.

It will lead you on a winding road
towards the truth you’ve been avoiding.

Busy is not a way to be.

It is a condition that strips you
of meaningful pauses.

It whips you around
in a bowl of self-importance
and pours you out
as a thin layer
upon the surface of your life.

But you seek a much deeper existence.

You seek the substance of silence,
and a slow, simmering awareness.

So please, my darling,
Put down your knife,
Pick up your spoon.

And give your heart the apron.

Listen to Deborah read A Deeper Existence:

Quibell explained her approach to poetry to Spirituality & Health:

God, to me, never felt like a single, fatherly entity in the sky. Perhaps, the concept began that way, but it didn’t stick for very long. I grew up in the Catholic tradition, and would close my eyes a lot during mass on Sundays. Someone would usually nudge me thinking I was falling asleep, but I wasn’t. I was simply trying to tune in to some mysterious, holy presence that seemed to pervade everything, and never felt far away.

It wasn’t long before I stumbled upon the poetry and writing of the mystics, and fell in love. 

There was a casual intimacy with which they spoke to God, and with which God spoke to them. And when I read the exchange, I felt as if their words were slowly inscribed onto the walls of my heart. I wondered if they had been there as etchings all along—simply needing to be more deeply carved, noticed, and cared for. 

I began writing poetry—around the age of five but much more seriously in my teens—because I couldn’t not. It became my way of fostering a complex and often tumultuous relationship to some Voice within me. The V is capitalized here because it felt other-worldly and undeniably sacred.

Read more poems:

Deborah Anne Quibell's A Thousand Ways

Amanda Torroni's Little Lion, Roaming the Cold Golden

Tyler Knott Gregson's chase the light

Select poems from Soul Bird: Poems for Flying by Deborah Anne Quibell. Copyright © 2019 by Deborah Anne Quibell. Reprinted with permission of Mandorla Books. 

About the Author

Deborah Anne Quibell

Deborah started writing poetry at the age of five. She fell in love with the mystics in her teens, and began a life of insatiable spiritual inquiry. She lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and son, and is constantly searching for the magic and meaning amidst the beautiful mess of modern day life. She is the author of Deep Creativity : Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit and can often be found with a cappuccino in one hand and a green juice in the other. 

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