Lotus & Dragonfly

Both mired in the muck, the mud
Immersed so deeply in the darkness
They journey alongside one another
Striving, healing, rising
Ever arising.
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Lotus rises first
Green emerging
Flat leaves, broad and sturdy
Shading pond below
Silently growing, transforming.
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Alongside lotus, dragonfly nymph
Slowly climbing out of muck
Arise above mud, and climb green reed
Pause…
Next, emergence.
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Lotus flower grows tall
Dragonfly nymph wriggles
Both work, both venture
A world unknown
A new life.
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Lotus flower slowly blossoms
Emerging in sunlight
Drinking in warmth
Closing upon darkness
Always protected.
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Dragonfly pauses
Patiently waiting, drying
Growing stronger through sitting
Little movement
Preparing for flight.
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Lotus, Dragonfly
Lessons to learn
Arise, arise, and arise above
The depths of darkness
From whence they came.

An Answer

He sent me an angel, but I chose not to see

The light that was pouring

From the being in front of me.

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He sent me a light, so I could now know

That I was no longer alone

Somehow I failed to see it’s bright glow.

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He sent me a message, written boldly in in ink

Clear and articulate, oh so very neat

Yet I struggled again to see link after link.

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Sadly I cried, until I finally asked him one day

Hey big old guy in the sky

Can’t you send me some answers, guide me on my way?

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His face full of love, with a smile brighter than the sun

He laughed and he chuckled

It’s all right there, just stop from your frantic run.

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Breathe he said, and you will know

So I breathed, sitting still

And it all began to flow.

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The light, the stars, the sky all around

They too breathed out their knowledge

And life became profound.

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Thank you, thank you, big man in the sky

And he laughed and he twinkled

Someday, he said, you will know why….

 

 

 

 

 

Loss

When the loss is so great

And your heart feels beyond heavy

Saturated with grief and pain

Don’t run and hide in the fear

Rather open up completely

Let the grief swallow you whole

Let the pain tear you apart, bit by bit

Remolding your core of being

For when you open up to

The free falling dark abyss of grief

You will walk through that dark, fire-y, painful night

You will stumble and fall

You will ache and hurt

You will shudder and cry out

And you will carry on, forward marching

And emerge anew

On another side of this universe

Filled with peace, ease, love, and light.

So go now, and take all of your braveness

All of your love that you once knew for this precious lost soul

And allow it to propel you forward

Taking the hand of those who are likewise suffering

Together, you can scream through that dark abyss

Shed rivers of tears on the burning path

Rake your soul over the flames of death

And at last come to calm those fires

With your own healing river of tears

Be brave dear souls

And walk into that promise

Of a light filled peace

Emerging beyond the abyss.

 

Why Don’t You?

Why don’t you sit by the fire

Put your feet up

Sip some tea

And color in your coloring book?

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You need these moments to renew,

To revive your weary mind

To be here right now

And let go of what should be left behind.

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Why don’t you breathe in

This very moment… and the next and the next

As you stretch up from your yoga mat

Reaching for the stars in the heavens.

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You need to feel your body here

Noticing each breath and pause

Caring for the aches and pains

And embracing your human strength and limitations.

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Why don’t you just notice

The little beings surrounding you

Children, cats, dogs, even the house mice

Vying for your eyes upon them.

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Waking up, noticing, being here now

Will repair your brain circuits

Supporting healing from the trauma

That everyday stress brings to you.

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Why don’t you just be

Relax, revive, regenerate, renew your soul- being

Breathe, live in this moment, let go…

Why don’t you?

 

Morning blessing

Woken by the hum of a mosquito in her ear

4:15 am and the sun is casting early light around the edges of the mountains

With bleary eyes she gazes out over a calm lake

Like glass reflecting the sky and green trees nature comes into focus

It is too early to be gazing and searching for peace

Mantras spin through her mind

She dozes back to sleep, a feeling of peace

That only such communing with nature can bring

 

Notice

I sit and wait

Breathe, sit, wait

Moments turning into hours

Days, months, years… and more.

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I can barely notice myself

When I am hurting, in pain

Tears welling up

So how can I expect you to notice?

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Someday, maybe, I will just sit

And not judge myself too much

Not think I should be one way or another

I will sit and notice.

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And then I will notice you too

And I will see you

See you as you really are

A light filled being.

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And until then I will just

Keep on breathing

Sitting, every day

Moving toward noticing.

Oh to…

Oh, to have something

Something to write about

Laugh over

Cry for

Strive toward.

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Oh to leave something

And be scared or happy

Even just to feel free

As you walk slowly away.

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Oh, to grasp on to something

Feel yourself

Craving, desiring, wanting

Aching for that thing

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Oh, to feel anxious

Worrying, crying, wondering

Not knowing with certainty

What that future might hold.

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Oh to let go and just be

With the good, the bad

The hard, the fun

The yucky, and the yicky

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Oh to be human

Each day a new opportunity

To feel, to love, to suffer

To roam around and wonder.