Shaped By a Million Forces

A poem on transformation and change, and the practice of choosing a long view. Image: Adina Voicu on Pixabay Next time under sky:Pause.Tilt head high,eyes slanted just soin order to seeslow-rolling cloudsglidemirror of life(and we with it)movingjust as the ancestors did:succession of generationseach makingan indelible markcrossing this world. Some tread softly,light with little markothers: stormy, …

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The Path Is Downward

A poem on the moment of choice when faced with change. Image: Susan Lu4esm, Pixabay Every season has its blessing,even the one that is cold and dark.When that moment comesto turn the wheel of changeresistand suffer from the stayingor hug closechoosing the unfamiliarand wait. If we stay insidetoo longprotectedeclipsingdraw of icy moonwe begin to feeltug …

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The Alchemy Needed to Transform

A poem on reaching beyond fear. Image: Hans, Pixabay How far have we really traversedbeyond our own boundaries?Not the onesprotecting safetyrather where we holdourselvesback from becomingmost free. In relationship,stand on rim of deep canyonwordlesslyencounter untravelledjourney through time and space,between here and there,between self and other too. Walk along those edges,create space to carryin each hand …

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Drink From a Deeper Well

A poem on following our internal boundaries, and considering what lies beyond. Photo: JPlenio, Pixabay What does it mean to drinkfrom a deeper well?Travel downwards in placewhile also reachingtoward each horizon.Listen with careful attentionto what callsbeyond the familiar,the parts knockingto travel beyond. When consideringrange of visionin oneself(and out)follow the boundaryjust to the edge.Come to know …

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Deep in the Belly You Will Find

A poem on the quiet places of origin and germination inside ourselves. Photo: Pixabay Deep in the belly,you will findorigins of pain and joyand the roots of all thingsdesiring germination. Something curls around itself therewrapped in immutable silence,stripped bare under stars,wishing to be one of those bright lights. Here, wind —or is it an ocean? …

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Eternity’s Slow Work

A poem on waking up to the force of love. Photo: Jplenio on Pixabay When everything is the Beloved,you will findsomething different:a shift subtle but tectonic.The entire daily conversationpresses you downwardmore deeplyinto realityof present momentby force of love. Be flattened by this feelingand see that even trees look different,leaves shimmering like jewels in sunlighta breeze …

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A Mother’s Body

A poem on how motherhood shapes us. Photo: Cahypatia on Pixabay A mother’s body:shapeshifter,giver of life,bone shifter.Doorway to the next generationof family story,her body a vessel,she has become whole:holy,irrevocably marked. When it is all said and done,life having called her to another formshe will see that ‘perfect’ never mattered.Her hips spread beyond convention.Not dainty, spritely …

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A Whole New Normal: How Motherhood Taught Me Flexibility and Adaptability in the Face of Change

Photo: Deborah McNamara (Stillwater River, Montana) “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts, Author of The Way of Zen Raising young children brings with it the widest spectrum of experience and emotion. There are the highs and sweet joys. Then …

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