I have had little to say
For I cannot both speak
And share these silences
Heavy with honesty
I cannot map change onto an undiscovered landscape
Describe time’s tides not yet sailed
Or make verses of untold
Nascent and naked
Stretching soft tendrils
To touch a turning world
I cannot choreograph the wondrous waves
Crashing down croppings of rock
To cradle the clay creature I am
Cascading a cadence, playful and wild
As the wind whips them free
Flying, falling, sea strand and sea
Uncertainty churning the breath of the sky
How it cries aloud what could be my name
And how I am leaping, leaping through
Before I even understand
Breathless and smiling
Swept up, gathered close in
Fierce love, bewildered, untamed
In songs of night, it calls your name.
Dark slits of eyes gleam like sapphire.
The chains of shame are tightly wound.
No one now can hear your pleas.
Where is the joy you used to know?
Or the light which you’ve so carefully grown?
Is there still time to take stock?
Down your cheek a single tear.
You rage in fury like the wind.
The dark knows all that you are not.
Its voices with your own entwine,
You long to feel less afraid,
Doubt takes over every thought:
Always something more to do,
More is better, try again:
Finds you wanting,
To the shadows you will never be enough.
There’s nothing more you must become.
In you, the power to bewilder,
In you, the light that’s always there,
Right now you do not think you’re strong,
Let go, for many hold you still.
What is it that cages you in fear??
And the separateness in which you disappear.
Shadows cannot leave a hole.
It’s you who are the missing piece.
This journey isn’t only yours,
You are not alone
This is a poem inspired by Jane Dougherty’s poetry challenge. This week the task was to write an echo poem. Check out Jane’s Blog tosee the challenge and the rules for it, as well as all the awesome poetry and short fiction she writes.
The fire in my bones
Sings without words
Lights each of my steps
Inside out, from beyond the stars
Shatters the darkness
Joy calls me home
In this turning world
I sing of a timeless space
Beyond all names
From which I’ve come
I’ve settled in
I live there now
How can I speak this powerful love
Humming to itself throughout all things
Calling, calling me on
I am leaping within the cords of life
I am seeing the unfolding of the skies
And the dreams taking shape before my eyes
I am weaving myself into life
I return to my address of nowhere
I have touched the boundless center of being
Seed sparks flung out from the core alight with wonder
breathlessly I live the awesome beauty
Now and now, the quiet acceptance taking place within me
I have new eyes, glinting, for I surrender
To the sea of uncertainty, having nothing to fear
Here I am, moved, excited to be moving
Through every day and night, take flight once more
Beyond all wrong and right
Beyond the need for doors
Burning through the rays of the divine
I burst into this moment, free and soaring
Every inch of me gleaming with an indescribable feeling
Such expansive belonging, an endless tide
Open and still, around me silence is glowing
And at peace with unknowing, here I reside