Poetry Friday: “To You”


In her “Note from the Author” at the beginning of This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort (Candlewick, 2002), Georgia Heard writes:

“During any difficult time, we all need a place where, as Faiz Ahmed Faiz writes in his poem “Song,” ‘the heart [can] rest.'”

No matter where one falls on the political spectrum, no one can deny this is a “difficult time.” This poem, by Karla Kuskin, gives my heart a place to rest.

“To You”

I think I could walk
through the simmering sand
if I held your hand.
I think I could swim
the skin shivering sea
if you would accompany me.
And run on ragged, windy heights,
climb rugged rocks
and walk on air:

I think I could do anything at all,
if you were there.

by Josh Boot via Unsplash.com
by Josh Boot via Unsplash.com

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16 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “To You”

  1. Thank you. Beautiful and a place for my heart to rest. I was listening to Maya Angelou’s talk about inviting all the people who care about you, who have ever loved you to come, walk with you.

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  2. Thank you for this love poem this morning! Sharing an experience with others, remembering we are “we” and not alone makes all the difference. xo


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