When she’s alone

When she’s alone
she cries out
To let her feel
Her soul
Moving like water
She wants to know
How it makes its way
Through the cracks
That make up her inner canyons

Let her be inside
The ocean waves
As they crash upon
Her sandy shore
Where she can be
A part of the change
Rather than let the change
Take over her
And be left unaware

When she’s alone
She cries out
To feel the force
Of thundering floods
That break the temple
That she’s built
Inside of her
From everything
That she has been

How does it feel
To be torn apart
And to rebuild again
From a beginning that
She never expected
Eyes open wide
To see the force
Required to make
Her whole being awaken

When she’s alone
She cries out
To be released
From all that binds
And let go of what
no longer serves
And everything
is a mirror
Reflecting all
She’s been so far

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It’s time to go

It’s time to go.

Does that scare you? Did you just brush your hand down your shivering arm, now covered in goosebumps? Did you wrap yourself around whatever it is you’re holding on to just a little bit tighter?

It’s time to let go.

It’s time to gently unwrap your fingers from whatever it is you were holding onto with such ferocity.

Let go and reach up to the stars instead, fingers open and tender, perhaps trembling, perhaps steady.

When you lay there sleeping, you were enough.  You’re still enough. But now that it’s time to awaken, you are ready for more.  What needs to die to allow the next phase of YOU to come into being?  There’s a warrior in you waiting to feel her first breath.  There’s a moon in you ready to wax full.  There’s a field of wildflowers in you awaiting the sun’s morning kiss.  Are you afraid to become more than you were, afraid that you are dark and unholy?  Each time you tell me you’re dark and twisted I will tell you are born from the stars; do you think you shine any less than they? If you don’t believe me when I tell you this, don’t worry, something in you does believe me and I can see it stirring beneath the ashes.  This is your Phoenix, beginning…breathing….rising. Your timeline for the inception of this rising is your own.

Open your lips and breathe in, letting fresh air infuse your body.  Your body is your own and no one can say it’s time to be more.  No one has that right except for you. Do you wonder when is the right time to let go of who you were and become the next version of yourself? Only you have the power to answer that question.

Do you find yourself raising your face to the sky and asking for  a sign that it’s time?  No one can tell you about time except for yourself, for time has its own meaning depending on if you ask a dragonfly, a tree, a fox, a river, a rock, or the stars.  And your time will differ from all of these.  Let your heart be an alarm clock to tell you when it’s time to awaken.

Listen. Listen. Listen.

Your body knows.  Your body is tuned, whether you’re aware of it or not, to your spirit and soul.  Allow it to be a conduit and tell you the answers you so wildly seek.

A shiver.

A pulse.

A gut-feeling.

A restlessness.

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

If you feel like a wild thing, then you are on the right track.  If you find you understand the language of the wolves, then you are on the right track.  If you think you feel the slightest pulse of heartbeat from deep under the ground you stand on bare-footed, then you are on the right track.

If you are following the whispered beckoning of the wind, keep going and don’t look back.

Don’t look back, just go.

Just go.

Just.

Go.

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the moonlight effect

Wander among the trees at night
and moonlight will echo the pattern of stars
on the solid ground,
her little way of joining heaven and earth.
Under the spell of moonlight,
lovers sigh in unison
but is it a sigh of
love fulfilled or love unrequited?
Sighs delivered in moonlight
all sound the same
and one must stop thinking
to know the difference.
Constellations will tell you
old stories of lovers
meeting furtively under the watchful eyes of the moon.
Weapons laid aside,
(those words that aim straight at the heart)
lovers grievances forgotten,
the spell of moonlight
momentarily halts the pains
endured by day.
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For the love of a good dog

I’m still not sure what I did to deserve your undying affection

for you love me without shame

and do not chastise me for coming home late after work and a few beers,

but rather you lay sleeping peacefully until I wake up

and I say

‘Good morning sweet girl’

and you thump your tail and give me that good-dog grin.

Sometimes I catch you looking at me, seal-slick head raised, brown eyes sly

What do your dog-eyes see in me

that gives me worth to be held in such high esteem?

Your affection gives me worth beyond earthly measures

so though I may be worth little in the eyes of mankind,

your dog-love fills my heart beyond our planetary bounds

and for that, my whole body smiles and I ask you if you’d like to go outside

to which you respond

YES

by nearly knocking my books and water glasses off the table

with your wildly wagging tail

and you run wildly through the house to the door,

paws scrabbling cartoon-style on my wood floors.

I’ll tell you again that I love you beyond measure

and you’ll respond the same by letting me kiss your soft nose

and smiling into my face,

although I tell you (again) that I’d rather not smell your breath

 

What did I ever do to deserve such love in my life?

 

 

 

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Alive

Breathe deep

Cry out

Turn inward

Tread softly

Love freely

Run hard

Kiss sweetly

Dance wild

Touch gently

Feel fully

Laugh loudly

Cry honestly

Smile willingly

Rest often

Travel onward

 

-Alive

 

 

 

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I could fall in love with you

If you want me to, I could get lost in the landscape of your eyes,

and the way your hands feel on my arm

could invite goosebumps to skin’s surface

in a physical affirmation of the words that would get caught

in the back of my throat.

 

Yes, I could fall in love with you.

And we would have the best of times

inviting all of ourselves to the surface

of a new relationship.

 

I won’t apologize for the way we’ll eventually fall apart

though both of us would try to stop it,

putting our hands over crying hearts

and trying to find just the right

material to put in place to stop our falling apart.

 

Or maybe, maybe we wouldn’t fall apart.

Maybe we would love each other fiercely.

Maybe you would get drunk on the scent of

my rose petal skin

and my fingers, insistent with their intentions,

would sketch words from my heart into your chest for hours.

And maybe that is how we’d spend our life together,

slowly building a tapestry.

 

Yes, I could fall in love with you

if you’d let me.

 

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