Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting
and expanding,

The two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birdwings.

~ Rumi

The worst of the surgery is behind me now. I am working hard to heal. Much love to my friend, Geneve Hoffman, for her beautiful photographs of my life. They are my mirror, my reminder. Thank you.

With gratitude,

8 thoughts on “Birdwings

  1. Katie-Piscataqua Animal Hospital

    Hi Ali, Warm wishes to you from all of the doctors and staff here at Piscataqua Animal Hospital. And to Asher 🙂

  2. Michele Marks

    Al pal – You are so beautiful! Thinking, praying & tappining (EFT) for you. David has a few jokes lined up for you (when you are ready) and Miss Jean sends her love. .

  3. Ujwal

    Are you the same Ali Goodwin that was a web/graphic designer in Rhode Island? if you are, you may remember a certain Nepali kid who did some free-lancing web video work for you, one summer in 1997 or 1998.

    In any case, Sending you all the warm wishes and faith from all the way from Nepal.

    Keep smiling !

    1. admin

      Ujwal! It is me! SO good to hear from you. I have it on my list to find you in Nepal. Is that cool? When I feel better, we plan. XO

  4. Jean Williams (Miss Jean)

    Oh, Ali. I just finished reading all of your blog postings. It was difficult to read some parts. It brought tears to my eyes, but also a smile, because of the remarkable way you are dealing with this situation. You are amazing. You have endured such a tradegy, but have stayed courageous and kept a happy spirit. You are in my prayers daily and I will put your name on the prayer list at my church. Love you.


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