Sadness Is. (A little poem)

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 14, 2009
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Sadness is 
breathing out.
A sigh.

Sadness is 
quiet…like just after a Rocky Mountain wind storm roars past, and it begins to die down, and there’s the passing remnants—the old and sick, and tired and young breezes that follow the greater mass of the bilious heavenly herd and—

Sadness is 
soft and textured and sharp and empty, all at the same time.

It looks outside of itself and says, “Why, I’m good, what am I doing wrong?”
It’s a wound in the heart! It’s fresh air, a gap in the window, a draft.
It’s a small death…a pre-death rehearsal for the real deal.
…An acknowledgement that time is passing, tick tock, and precious. 
A reminder that life is fun and happy and fleeting: 
“Grab it, live it!”
Sadness is
your past saying, “Live your present before it joins us in the irrevocable shadows.”

Poetry is 
bullshit, often
but sometimes it’s an exhale, 
when words and sense won’t do
a breathing out of one’s unresolved thoughts into
and then, when ready, breathe in, smile, life and color and that girl and those friends and drinks and adventures and fresh air and easy love and heartbreak returns

And then, you’re ready, 
to be sad again.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Sadness Is. (A little poem)”

  1. admin says:

    Valerie Evelyn Eric at 10:17pm January 13

    Beautiful. : )

    Laura Henning at 10:35pm January 13

    I like it. This is my favorite part:

    Sadness is

    your past saying, "Live your present before it joins us in the irrevocable shadows."

    Post more!

    Waylon Hart Lewis at 11:03pm January 13

    I just went and lived my present with a bunch of friends, old and newer, at Upstairs. Community is too corny a word, but it's huge for me right now.

    Megan Braet at 11:23pm January 13

    We love you Waylon!!

    Valerie Evelyn Eric at 11:24pm January 13

    It's true, we do!

  2. Joana Smith says:

    ””””it’s ok to be sad*


  3. admin says:

    Rusty Nashville at 11:41pm January 13
    hey bro, great hanging. seeya thursday!

    Waylon Hart Lewis at 11:47pm January 13
    Yah, thanks for getting me out, was good for me.

    Francois Henrard at 12:08am January 14
    Really nice thanks. Your poem really speaks to me as I’m feeling quite sad myself lately (because of a woman, of course), but I’m not unhappy. I’m sad and it is okay. I know that it will pass, like everything else.
    In this kind of cases impermanence is really a great thing!

    Diane L. Dana at 7:49am January 14
    La, what a beautiful poem. I know it well (not the poem) but not of late. Love . . .

    Joey Johannsen at 8:08am January 14
    yes, ready again. thank you Waylon.

    Kristine Ashton Ellis at 8:19am January 14
    bittersweet tender loving heart . . .

    Toby Sifton at 9:29am January 14
    The last bite of a good pork sandwich.

    Siona van Dijk at 9:56am January 14
    Beautiful. What Laura said. (And Megan too. 🙂

  4. Matt says:

    A nice poem, thank you! I agree with he commentator who said it’s okay to be sad.

  5. admin says:

    Shari Soroka at 2:39pm January 14
    Isn’t sadness appreciation? Appreciating what you had…..

    Shari Soroka at 3:02pm January 14
    It is for me anyway….It’s very beautiful what you shared, Waylon. Thanks!

    Erin Eugenia Conway at 4:35pm January 14
    Poignant, plush, petite. Purr.