Don’t Worry





Don’t worry
If you are not
Where you want
To go.

If I say ‘‘empathy’’
Does your heart
A few old scales?

If a dog
Happens to dance
A prayer for food
Do your eyes gleam?

I don’t know
My multiplication tables
But I can remind you
If you lost your song.

No longer do I ask
“Am I good enough?”
I AM which is
Indeed all there is.

I saw two black birds
Dipping and veering.
I gave them my attention.

That’s as good
As it gets I think;
Pay attention.
No expectation.

There is
No wrong road
You follow someone else’s.

Dipping and veering
In the hall of mirrors
Is the cost
Of character.

I’ve paid my dues
And then some
For the privilege
To know nothing.


-Cathy Aten


5 Responses to “Don’t Worry”

  1. Dominique Mazeaud on January 20th, 2019

    I am relieved to hear from you, I had missed you.

  2. Paul on January 20th, 2019

    Wonderful poem with both heart and irony, wisdom and inspiration. You (and your poetry) are not just “good enough”, Cathy… you’re great!

  3. Jenny Simpson on January 20th, 2019

    I can remind you
    If you have lost your song.

    I love this poem, it is so clear , so translucent, like a thin place where the veil is briefly gone and you glimpse farther.
    Xxx to the little dog who makes you gleam .

  4. Debra Moody on January 20th, 2019

    My spirit id dipping and veering on the wings of your words. Oh, how you soar, Cathy dear! XO

  5. Jann Tenenbaum on January 21st, 2019

    This is a dream, it is painfully beautiful, your writing is astounding.
    “But I can remind you
    If you lost your song.”
    This transports me, I see you and your smile spreading. I feel my love for you in my heart. You are a great writer. You are a great dog mother, you are a great friend, you are a great warrior. The order varies.

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