Taking leave. Letting go.

IMG_2845This will be a short post, honoring the close of our time spent with dear friends at our beloved Triangle X Ranch. This year, we celebrated birthdays; rode horses among the brilliant fall colors of quaking aspen and cottonwoods; enjoyed evenings before dinner at “Chairhenge”; listened to music presented by our talented friends, and sang along; cried together over deeply healing conversations; had joyful reunions, and met new guests who became friends.

The leaving is always deeply emotional for me, and so I’m including these closing lines from Mary Oliver’s poem, “In Blackwater Woods”, which so beautifully expresses my reflection on this time together.  Peace and all good things to you, our dear friends.

…To live in this world
 you must be able 
to do three things:


to love what is mortal;


to hold it
 against your bones knowing 
your own life depends on it;


and, when the time comes to let it go, 
to let it go.

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3 thoughts on “Taking leave. Letting go.

  1. We are so incredibly lucky to have found this place and these people. It is such a gift to be able to be at the ranch every year in the Fall. Can’t wait for next year!

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