Speaking Extempore

“You’ve got to be praying all the time or else you’re just thinking about yourself.” Dan in The Wolf At Twilight by Kent Nerburn

I should wait, I know, gathering my treasures

to burst out with beautifully wrapped

packages for all of you, my beloveds.

Instead, I read a passage and leap

up with a burst of clarity

that I want to share right now!

Like a mad goddess cackling

toe deep in richly composted soil,

releasing a one-winged butterfly

that can only spin in circles.

So lovely, wing drenched in stained

glass glory found in old churches,

vivid colors enticing you

on your sickbed.  Open one eye

despite your pain and laugh

at my sheer absurdity.  We are

connected in this interlayered weave

of interdependence.  There are no 

rugged individuals, nothing is remote

or ambiguous.  I stand here on

the bones of the ones who came before,

wearing clothes brought to me

by many hands, and I am fiercely

grateful for this water flowing

from the faucet, and I’m dizzy

as I consider how many of you

are holding me up right now

so that I can speak to you 

and let you know, however imperfectly,

that my love can’t wait 

to be cut and polished.

The responsive universe is humming

the tune, will you listen?

Chime in with me now!


Inspired by these prompts: Remote, Extempore, Ambiguous, Enticing

I’m really grateful for these hosts who keep sharing space open!


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Victoria Stuart

I'm a poet, philosopher and inner seeker. A giver, lover and a healer who studies the heart.

18 thoughts on “Speaking Extempore”

  1. You are giving me all the right feels this morning. Your words funnel in to all the places inside that need a pick me up. Thank you for posting, thank you for sharing, and however odd this may sound, thank you for being YOU ❤

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  2. Thank you for taking part in our Word prompt Challenge. It really helps to keep them going. The more people that take part the better is becomes.

    That is a really deep poem. I love the words “I stand here on the bones of the ones who came before” – really touching.

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