Losing Yourself. Today’s post is easy to read. Yet it might prove surprisingly sticky.
For me, what follows here was heart-heating, soul-sticky. And for you? You’ll be the judge.
Definitely, I loved, just loved, the following poem from Beth Spencer’s latest book. “Vagabondage” is a spiritual memoir, highly personal, absolutely eloquent. And Beth had the courage to shape it through a series of interconnected poems.
By contrast, my memoir just had some poems. Noteworthy: Like me, Beth Spencer cares a lot about truth when she writes.
What else do both of us share? A passion for personal growth and spiritual awakening.
- For me, that involves getting “Bigger than All the Night Sky.”
- For Beth, the journey may be far more down to earth.
- But two very compatible journeys, seems to me.
Sure, it’s happened to us all sometimes, hasn’t it? But Beth has given one of the ultimate, cheeky, descriptions of accidental self-losing.
Incidentally, “Losing Yourself” is my favorite theme in her book. Within that theme, “Lost Woman Looks for Herself” is my favorite poem. Of course, the following is excerpted with permission from the author.
Lost Woman Looks for Herself
by Beth Spencer
A foreign tourist is reported missing
in the volcanic canyon Eldgjá in the southern
highlands of Iceland on a Saturday afternoon
when she fails to return to her tour bus.
The driver waits
one hour before he notifies police.
Fifty people search
in vehicles, by foot.
Even a helicopter is prepared
but is delayed by fog.
And then at 3 in the morning
the search is called off.
The missing woman
has been on the bus all along.
The woman, the Chief of Police in Hvolsvöllur said
was innocent of the mistake.
She even participated
in the search for herself.
It seems that before she re-entered
the bus after the stop
she changed her clothes and freshened up,
and the other passengers
failed to recognise her.
She too failed to recognise
the description of herself.
She had, said the Chief of Police,
‘no idea that she was missing.’
Curious to Read More?
I highly recommend “Vagabondage” (UWAPublishing, 2014). But you guessed that, right? Maybe these links will interest you too.
- Purchasing “Vagabondage” as a paperback.
- Or buying “Vagabondage” on Kindle.
- Here’s Beth Spencer’s website.
- Finally, here’s the link to her most recent book, “The Age of Fibs.”
And Now for THE BIG QUESTION
Blog-Buddies, have you ever lost yourself?
In a fog? Or in sorrow? In a relationship? In Iceland?
Through working too hard? Through not knowing your place in the world?
Please COMMENT below with your stories. Including any happy endings.