Belonging

Belonging is inescapable.

BABY BABOON WITH PARENTS - Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana

BELONGING

Acknowledged or not,
there’s no escaping
our own
belonging

Born of one,
born of another,
kissed into being
by the same breath

That bonds a baby
to its mother,
and cleaves a leaf
to a tree

The same sacred
infinitesimal
fibres
of life itself

Know our names,
cradle our souls,
which sing with
gratitude

At being a part
of the perfectly
complete
Whole

©Naomi Estment

Quotes to consider:

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you” – Walt Whitman

“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession.” – Robert Collier

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable”- Kenyan Proverb

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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39 Responses to Belonging

  1. Mands says:

    That is so stunning Naomi ~ and just perfect for an early Monday morning!

  2. timkeen40 says:

    I loved the poem. The closer people are to other people, the better off their lives become.

    http://timkeen40.wordpress.com

  3. Love the photo. Love the powem. Love you, Naomi. This may be my favourite one of all!

  4. Lance says:

    Naomi,
    So glad you’ve shared this poem of your – what beautiful words. And it just further reminds me of how connected we all really are…

  5. Lovely poem, Naomi. Blessings to you…

  6. Thank you for a perfect start to week, Noami. Though your whole poem is so well expressed, the line that resonates the most right now is – “Kissed into being with the same breath” – yes!

    FL Wright is my all-time favourite architect and largely because of the very quote you chose.

  7. Lovely, Naomi, and so true. Sometimes I love to belong, sometimes I’m not so sure…

  8. Chloe says:

    Hi Naomi 😀 This is just what I needed to hear today! Thank you!!! Such a beautiful, bright and optimistic poem – and wow, what a picture too!! xx

  9. nrhatch says:

    Love it, Naomi.

    The whole dwells within us . . . we dwell within the whole.
    The universe as a hologram.

  10. Artswebshow says:

    That is a wonderful statement you made in this poem.
    Excellent

  11. linda says:

    Beautiful photo of the baboons. And your poem is so sweet. As I am writing this my daughters dogs are laying to my left spooning each other with their legs “belongingly” entertwined. They are so sweet. They are sisters and I think they know that. All afternoon I watched three squirrels play together. They were so cute having fun together. My neighbor has set a trap to catch them and remove them to another as we are having problems with them. I emailed him and said oh please don’t take them away from each other. They are so sweet together. I wish they weren’t so destructive.

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks so much, Linda 🙂

      So happy for your daughter’s dogs & hoping for the best for the squirrels. I lived in a beautiful place as a child, which was swarming (in the best possible way) with grey squirrels. They lived in the old oak trees, and were never a pest at all – just fantastic fun to have around.

  12. linda says:

    “See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession.” – Robert Collier

    George Clooney is mine, all mine. And a house on the beach. I see it. It’s in my possesion. 🙂

  13. Tammy McLeod says:

    Thank you Naomi. Love the photo and your poem. But I also really loved the Kenyan quote – it is nearly biblical.

  14. Kim says:

    Very nice poem! 🙂

  15. Jamie Dedes says:

    Awww! I’m glad I didn’t miss this, Naomi. I love it!

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  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    Hugs again for this one. I love it …

  18. Heart says:

    “The same sacred
    infinitesimal
    fibres”
    I salute you, Naomi.. That is so much love, it brings tears..

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