This Is The Path

So much to digest
the buoyant trauma bobbing up
escaping my firm and
constant pressure to keep
this drama contained.
Letting all the content
settle under calm
guidance, a transmission
irradiates the presence,
diamonds formed from coal.
All the dark and fearful
places, shunned, unknown
arise in us. I’m tearful
as I recognize in you
in me, in us, love’s
intelligence, the will
to live, protecting innocence.
This lost and hungry child
in you, in me, in us,
so long exiled, we welcome
now. There is no better
you. The Tao simply includes.

Inspired by: Settle, Buoyant, Irradiate and Guidance.


Into The Tapestry

I sink into now
scribble insights

sung by birds who tease
tunes out of the clouds

in my sky.  Morning’s gift
waking to the beings

oblivious? No, my presence
is noted, the alarm sounded

when I first appear, ongoing
as I stay.  Or are they stitching

me into this day, purposeful and
cheery?  They flit in my periphery

like invitations too quick
to grasp in my lumbering

clumsy listening, trying to
translate when this language

is not like mine and
what is being

communicated is on another plane
of existence.  I’m all car and house

the spell I inherit–society glamour,
shopping aisles the trodden

paths away from verdant here.
I can’t say whether they carry

tree blessings, sky songs,
but I imagine this bright

weaving invisibly, a crazy
quilt of treasured pieces

stretching across and as I write
these words, the trees are nodding.

Breezeless sultry air suddenly
blown kisses of mirth

at my galumphing morning poetry
indulgent patience

waiting for me to awaken
wordless and join the celebration.

Inspired by: Verdant, Inherit and Glamour.

Include Yourself

I abandon all false modesty

because I belong. In my body,

in my seething emotions,

in my recycled thoughts spinning

out of control. I belong

in this family, no longer

need to show up and create “peace”

by letting go of my way.

I risk exposure by being authentic

and even so, this is me. I belong

to my community. No matter

what views I express or how

they trigger you. I am alive

and I am included. I belong

to the serried ranks of hopeless

animals whose lives are caged

to feed me. I belong

to this nation, with its hidden

history of genocide and greed.

I belong to the Pentagon

dropping a bomb every 12 minutes.

I belong to every imprisoned being.

I belong to the oceans, suffocating

in plastic. I belong to the earth

drenched in pesticides.  

I open and I open my heart

to this new reality of global citizen.

Every time I resist, every time

I hear the gigantic “no”

I look deeper, pull the hurting

unwanted piece of me into

my heart. We all belong.

We are all included.

Daily Ragtag Prompt: Serried

Word of the Day Challenge: Exposure

Inspired by the Daily Addictions Prompt: Gigantic

Do all the cool kids use cool prompts?