“This Is Life!” they said,
I sighed, rolled over
And continued to play dead.
Yet it rang in my ears
“But you can’t ignore it”, they said
I looked around and brushed away my fears.
I took a deep breath
And I yelled aloud
“This ain’t my life! If so I prefer Death!”
“Hmmmmph, well that ain’t right”
They whispered back
“But go ahead, walk into the light”.
So, I did: I leapt and I fell
Crawling into the light
Phew…heaven and not hell.
It should be the end of the story
However it wasn’t
I continue to rise, filled with glory.
“Told you” they said
Hmmm, maybe they were right
I am better off not dead.
Both mired in the muck, the mud
Immersed so deeply in the darkness
They journey alongside one another
Striving, healing, rising
Lotus rises first
Flat leaves, broad and sturdy
Shading pond below
Silently growing, transforming.
Alongside lotus, dragonfly nymph
Slowly climbing out of muck
Arise above mud, and climb green reed
Lotus flower grows tall
Dragonfly nymph wriggles
Both work, both venture
A world unknown
A new life.
Lotus flower slowly blossoms
Emerging in sunlight
Drinking in warmth
Closing upon darkness
Patiently waiting, drying
Growing stronger through sitting
Preparing for flight.
Lessons to learn
Arise, arise, and arise above
The depths of darkness
From whence they came.
It was a normal morning
I walked outside with my fresh hot coffee
And for 5 seconds
I saw it all…
The boy opening his cigarette package
Hands shaking, so young
The man getting out of his car
The cars whizzing by on the road.
Illusions floating by
Realities soon to change
A glitch in the matrix.
And I thought…
What did I just see, truth?
How did the veil flutter aside
For just a few seconds.
It’s gone now
But I keep thinking, yes
I will be in that moment again
One day, one night, soon.
They noticed me
And rushed over
Only to screech out
Far too loudly
Step down and go away
You must keep your silence to yourself.
Your silence is breaking us
It is its own form of protest
So you must tuck it in
To that crevice in your brain
Where little else matters.
But…but…I like my silence
It gives me refuge
Comfort and light flow through my silence
Can’t you see my spirit when I am silent?
Breathing, moving yet unmoving
I smile when I am silent.
Keep it, your silence
There is no space for it here, now
There is no time or taste for such things
There is only time to speak up
To shout loudly
To roll in anger, confusion, righteousness, and despair.
Yet, when I am silent it creates even more space
For something new to emerge
Great healing, great love
And others’ songs can come through
When I am silent
A new time emerges, as the old slips by.
No, they answered
The silence is too scary, too unknown
We can’t tell what you are really thinking
When there’s too much space, and openness
Anything might leak through
And come crashing out like a
Sonic boom to the heart.
Oh, I say
And I shut my eyes
Returning again and again
To this moment
This crushing power of silence.
Just a few are gathered now
In a place so light and free
Just a few converging
One of them could be me.
Just a few assembled
To dance under a sinking sun
Soon nighttime will gather
You won’t find them on the run.
Amassing love and peace
Souls create a true convergence
They practice and rehearse
Creating a love-filled resurgence.
We will keep on dancing
Moving under a star-lit sky
Spinning and twirling
We are free until they die.
All will still be singing
Those precious songs from within
There are no words, only space
Little comforts in this tailspin.
It will surely end in death
But at least we will be free
All certainly ends with nothing
And the same will be of me.
Until that time I will keep dancing
Singing until I am free
Until then you will find me twirling
Living, a mind full of God’s esprit.
Darling, you can keep on dancing
For it will set your spirit free
You may look within your own sweet self
Gazing deeper still to see.
It may seem dark and stormy outside
And it may be tempting to hold onto
Those dark feelings, the pain, the anger.
But today, we can usher in a brilliant light
A light that lives on within the heart
A light that no man can dampen.
Just imagine, your whole being
From head to toe, your whole being
Soaked in a healing, loving light.
That light then concentrates in your heart
And with every heartbeat, it arises
Spilling and spreading out into the world.
This gift of eternal love and light
Is yours, it’s free, and it’s right there
Inside your heart forever.
Open to its presence and step right in
Radiate that light to all in need
It’s your own eternal flame.
Look out your window
And notice the still quietness
A calm and quiet river
Reflecting back all she sees.
Trees float gently on her surface
Golden in the early morning light.
Clouds on the horizon
Puffy cotton gliding lightly on the surface.
And mighty sun, she rises
Orange, red, pink, yellow
Vibrant mirror like presence.
This is the place where fire meets water
The impossible becomes reality
Right before you
River reflects life.