Earthbound | A Poem



This poem was inspired by one word from Jane Dougherty in her own lovely poem, and a song by the beguiling Jeff Buckley.  They claimed squatters rights in my brain all day, until finally I wrote this poem. And then they left.


You draw something nameless from me.

It makes my soul restless,

pushes at the boundaries.


You incite my caged inner bird to fly

but the wings you give are clipped,

and I am only earthbound.


How I long to soar,

for my spirit to be free.

I want to merge with the wind


and rush unfettered over the world’s surface,

feel that joy, be that joy.

See, explore, just be.


I want to expand and absorb it all,

to be a part of everything,

for it all to be part of me.


But I am only earthbound.

Now, but not before,

and not after.

15 Comments on “Earthbound | A Poem

  1. “to be a part of everything, /for it all to be part of me.” … It is, and you are, Ali. You have always been. It is safe to fall, to just be. You will soar. This is already who you are. Keen until the rain cries with you; shout until the stars hear you; dance until the wind carries you; rise and the trees will stand with you; shine until you are warmed by your own light. For you are the wind and the rain, made from the stars, even while formed from the clay of the earth. You are all these things, and you soar still. If you let go, you will not be lost, but found.


    • Funny you should pick that line… that’s the one which makes me feel a little bit breathless, its the whole crux of the poem for me lol! But letting go, I just dont think I can yet, falling does not feel safe to me! One day… I like your idea that letting go means I will be found not lost. Thanks Éilis!


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