Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

"You are like a flower, perfuming the air with your fragrance. You are a bird, singing the song in your heart. You are the honeybee, making honey with your life." ~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, The Honey Sutras

Winter wood

I like to be nearby
while you chop our winter wood.
I like to hoot when, with a good stroke,
a log splits clean.
You stand tall, body lengthened by the axe swing,
amused by my cheerleading ~
superfluous, I know, but I applaud you anyway.

We are a good team, you and I.
You split, Zen-like.
I stack wabi-sabi,
arranging the pile with carefree imperfection.
You eye my sloppy work,
I see you choosing not to suggest a change.
Some things don't really matter.
We will soon enough take the pile down,
crusty log by crusty log,
dashing out through the cold,
filling our arms, returning
to the warm hearth we keep inside.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff


from What Holds Us

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Ingrid Goff-Maidoff is a universalist poet, mystic, celebrant of beauty and encourager of spirit who lives on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Her work appears in numerous anthologies, and she has lovingly created dozens of books and gifts that help deepen intimacy with the sacred. Her blog, her inspirational offerings, and her popular Joy Postcards Newsletter all are found at