In Your Care (for George at 75)

In Your Care (for George at 75) May 29, 2023


When I try to describe you 

to someone who doesn’t know 

you, I smile deep inside, as I do 

when remembering a hike up a  

mountain or a day at the ocean. 


You give your all to everything. 

Whether tilling your garden, or  

mitering a joint, or wanting to  

drive to New England to see a  

certain type of tree, you hold  

nothing back. 


This is what it’s like to be loved 

by you. You will go with us any- 

where. You will find us where- 

ever we might fall. Your care  

is as constant as the sun. 


As day outlasts night 

and light outlasts dark, 

being in this life with you  

eases the burdens of living.


This excerpt is from my book of poems in progress, Unadorned. 

Check out Mark’s Events page at for Mark’s upcoming in-person and online events. 

July 9, 16 & 23: You Don’t Have to Do It Along: The Net of Friendship. A 3-session virtual webinar guided by Mark Nepo 1-2:30pm ET/10-11:30am PT. Details at 

Aug 4-6: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Aversity, Weekend Retreat. (web link) 


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