Yes, and…

“We don’t need to change it.  We need to say ‘yes’ to what is.” ~ Nicholas Janni

“Enter the mystery and grace of the present moment.” ~ Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, From Age-ing to Sage-ing

This fly zings past my ear to binoculars

then sunglasses so I must ask:

what is in front of me,

how do I see,

can I witness

from not-knowing?  Too often

I miss the subtle responses

to my questions, because I am utterly

distracted by my own beliefs.

I am so tempted to swat

this pesky bug.  I don’t have time

for this.  And yet, I have learned

that when I ignore the tiny clues,

they grow larger, more demanding,

even ominous.  So this insignificant insect

crawling straight across the thin

blue line of the napkin is a signal

to wake up, receive this

message personally tailored

by the responsive universe who listened

to me praying just half an hour ago.

Can I perceive this 

differently?  Is there a fresh way

to be right now?  The fly stills

and what I had perceived as

cacophony emerges in a non-compete

composition:  the rhythm of the drumlike

tymbals vibrating from cicadas.

The goldfinches’ liquid twittering

and the distant hawk’s kree.

Large truck lumbers by,

windchimes select “A” and “G”.

Poplar leaves rustle

the cool breeze on my skin.

Last night’s rain lingering in the

pleasant petrichor and the subtle

perfume of the Asiatic lilies next door.

Chittering, whistling from the bushes. 

The shivering and waving ferns.

I am rooted in this earth, my dark heart

rich and jewel-like as I open the space

to be with you now, witnessing

all that has not been felt.

Here, finally, to fully face this moment.


Inspired by Zing, Compete, and Distract


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Victoria Stuart

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

4 thoughts on “Yes, and…”

  1. Love this line, been there many times before “ignore the tiny clues, they grow larger, more demanding, even ominous.” What I like so much about this writing, is the added elements of the senses; it made it all the more delicious 🙂

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