You arrived when you were most needed and held the ground steady in your quiet way. For us, there is no question, we could never have made it this far without you.
There are moments when I’m completely at peace, but it’s usually before my children wake up & they’ll have none of that.
The loss is not yours alone, she said & you will see it in their eyes when they do not think you are watching. How long does it take? I said & she put her hand on my chest & we did not speak.
After he was quiet a long time, words began to come to him in dreams & told him their secret names & this was the way he learned the true nature of the world.
If I was a sabre-toothed tiger, he said, I’d bite you up. If you were a sabre-toothed tiger, I said, you’d be dead & that was the first quiet I’d had all day.
We had gone far enough together to listen easily in the quiet spaces.
this is a window into the stuff that goes on behind what we think about it & even if we were all to disappear tomorrow it would go on without even noticing except to comment now & then that it was quieter today than usual
As long as the sun shall rise goes the old lovers vow. But we are children of a scientific age & have no time for poetry. Still, I offer a quiet prayer of thanks for the sunlight each time I see your face.
Her feet moved like small creatures over the floor, quiet & unconcerned with anything but the business of dancing.
I sometimes wake in the early morning & listen to the soft breathing of my children & I think to myself, this is one thing I will never regret & I carry that quiet with me all day long.