small stones – February 17, 2016

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in order to be full
and live a full life
to love unconditionally
to give without taking
to forgive and be forgiven
to become still, silent
and be present…
I had to pour out
all of my troubles
self-doubt
self-criticism
hatred and prejudice
preconceived notions
boundaries
and just be…
empty

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small stones – February 10, 2016

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give me sweat and tears
hard work and strife
I want to experience
the hardships of life

don’t hand me a platter
of leisure and play
I want to learn
new possibilities each day

for some this is a journey
for others, a playground
I want to witness the world
in all its leaps and bounds

This Tangled Garden

The precious flowers that color and fragrance my world
are somehow lost to me today–no, not just today
for weeks, I am now realizing
I stumble over simple explanations
fret over words and phrases

My flower garden has become a nightmare
a tangled, unkempt patch of weeds
the home of trolls and wicked beasts
all strangling my mind to the point of numbness —

Is this what my future holds?
The digging, digging for the right things to say

If I could bulldoze the entire plot over, I would
and begin anew–an empty garden
Am I still young enough, well-enough?
or will I suffer my grandmother’s fate?
Unable to plant, I will merely pass away

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