Born to be Free

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I am breathing hard as my steps are pulling me forward

Winding through the trees my heart races

I left the path seeking adventure

Always needing to explore to find the unexpected

There is just so much more

So many live by the rules

Safe in a ritual of obsessive order

Stifled by a strict regiment

I ran out the door

Freedom is power

Determined to ignore the path

I climb over fallen branches

Arms and legs get torn in the thicket

My pace picks up as I see

Light beaming through the treetops

It is brilliant colorful and mystical

The sun is rising to greet me

I left my bed in such a rush to answer the call

How do I know these things

I am at one with the calling upon my heart

So long suppressed

So long I lived inside a birdcage

Longing to be free to fly

Free to be wild and true to myself

The woods open

Here it is

I sashay towards the meadow

I climb upon the stone wall

My heart is listening

I am filling up with power

Not of my own, but borrowed from nature

I will return again and again

The hunger will always come back

Here is where inspiration is fueled

There is a world out there calling

It’s right outside the door

It’s calling you too

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together forever, goodbye

baby's breath

It came so swiftly that no one had any idea

there were plans

there was excitement

A new life is coming

you and I are one

we had created this little one to come

something has shifted

what is this intuition

I cannot pay attention to anything else

something deep is calling to me

I must pay attention

Something is wrong

it is too soon

way too soon

quick

we must run, we must fly

Help is on the way

but before we know it

time stands still

we can’t be here yet

but we are

its all happening too fast

wrong time

best laid plans disappear

you are not ready to leave me yet

you cannot survive outside me

but you have come to us

too soon

rush

hush the silent screams

H O P E

must stay strong

must believe in miracles

time passes

all the latest and greatest to assist

but it is not to be

we must say goodbye

we must let you go

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lost

empty

confused

agony ensues

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What is next

where is the meaning

but to honor your sweet memory

we will embrace the loss

prepare to accept that the one small moment we had

will be enough

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you have gone

we remain

smile on us

see how much we loved you

show us the way

we will carry you forever

in our hearts

together forever

W E L O V E Y O U

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It’s been such a long time

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Decades have come and gone

Each had its lessons and memories

Some seemed to last an eternity

Others flew by

Youth does not understand

That it is over before you know it

Time stolen while grudges were held

And learning the meaning

Of love and friendship

Some can carry the anger, fear and hate

I could never house those things

Learning forgiveness

Learning to have power over evil

It’s no wonder so many get lost

As we all do for a time

To fall through the cracks

Land and live there

The world turns and shifts

We are unaware

Until the heart says

I want more

I want to be found

But wait- I must find myself

No more rescues

No more waiting

Time to make amends

Time to build dreams

Time to believe in the impossible

Having survived for so long

Now, those days are gone

I got it

I grasp the golden goblet

I stop running and turn around to see

An audience is not necessary

It is the wild skies

The wind upon the wastelands

Mixed with the waters of my intent

There is fertile ground yet

It must be tilled and planted

A harvest will come

And I will be surrounded by laborers

Not the least of whom is me

And we will clink glasses

As we celebrate the bounty

Plentiful it will be

More than my minds eye can see

Finally for me

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Insomnia

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The night is heavy

Sleep evades me

What is the secret to escaping the day

To drifting off and shutting down

Only sleep can cleanse the mind

Without it how will I cope

It’s been a while since the last time

I could not process all my thoughts

I’ve opened portholes to my soul

Closing them is beyond my reach

The body is weighted

The chest is heavy

The mind is overactive

The heart is weary

Soon the sun will rise

The world turns on schedule

Is there a message waiting for me in the sunrise

Anticipation is making me wait

If only I knew why

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You’ve got to carry that weight

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Like an egg in a shell

My heart has been sealed away

It’s so much safer in there

But when its time to grow the egg must be cracked

There is a time for everything

For some the time never comes

It takes great courage to look deep inside

It’s so much easier to avoid

To drink from the waters that blind

Soothing is what we seek

Joy and peace and gratitude

These aren’t gifts, they must be earned

By letting go

By seeing the real full bodied truth

We don’t usually know what that looks like

It’s so much easier to pretend

To hyper focus on something

Point all our feelings there

We must get out the anger fear and pain

We can’t make it worse by seeing

From someone else’s point of view

It’s too important to feel we are in control

Everything will fall apart if we open our hearts

What if we get hurt

Can’t take another blow

So we walk around in armored jackets

They help us not to feel

It’s so easy to be brave when you deny

All the losses and regrets

It’s just too sad to face

Until you see someone who gave it all

They sacrificed their own life for another

The other never understood the cost

The price was all or nothing

What a love so deep and so wide

So all consuming

A calling to give another safe passage

From the beginning till the bitter sweet end

Who will comfort you

When you gave up all for one

The others were left behind

But they are here now

To walk and not to run

To sit with you inside your hell

And be the light in the darkness

For it is your turn to feel the love

Your turn to be guided and protected

The world it whizzes by outside

No passerby can see you

But you are not alone

Something greater than yourself

Will now pick you up as you carry your load

And both of you will find

We’ve been here all the time

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Help to find you….

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At some point you have accumulated enough understanding of the world

That you know who you are becoming in it

It’s so incredibly vast that no one of us can catch it on a whim, or by intention

It is the universe

It is all our wild dreams

It is our hopes and aspirations

We need gatekeepers and door openers

It’s not easy, and most will stay at one level forever

Others will realize that they can climb the stairs to another level and explore

Some may keep climbing

None of us were given the playbook

If you dare, you will live in the moment

oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, let that stay or be

It’s okay when you realize that all you were ever instructed to do and believe is flawed

Don’t panic

Don’t abuse the one you hold dear and trust

Don’t lose what you have grasped

Don’t own

Don’t possess

Just be with

Just know

Just understand

We are a part of something greater

Can an ant understand a butterfly

Does a fox know what it is to be a falcon

It’s OK not to understand what has not been given to you

What you must do is realize that the universe gives you a team

Play as one

A beaver knows how to give shelter in the most unusual places

Places you never would have sought out

So just accept this and know

There is a master plan

Walk your path

Or fly

Or swim

It’s perfect to be different yet as one

What benefit do we have in judgement of what we do not understand

Simply raise your arms, or wings or face to the sky and receive

And know

We are in this together

Not to fight- although sometimes that’s what it takes

But to find

Our common ground -so that we may

Find our part, our piece

And just live it out

To the end of our days

May you find those who understand you

Who support you

One life to live

Make it count

Let go of the pain

Embrace the love

Focus on the good

Reach for the highest goals

We find ourselves when we learn ‘It’s not about me”

But “US”

Together

So be it

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The Compass Calls Us

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It’s a twisting and turning labyrinth trying to get to you

I can see within my mind the picture so clearly from where I stand

I already scouted out the land as I hovered above it in flight

I studied the earth below with all its dimensions

Trees and brush, hills and valleys

Streams and rivers

I can see the path that will get us to where I want us to go

But you cannot fly and your scope of vision is limited

There are others to consider but you are the one I must convince

Should you stay or should you go

There is a life with either choice

I am impatient to go now that I can see the path

You cannot see it yet

I try to describe to you what I see

I ask you to trust me, we should go

This place no longer has my heart

Something is calling to me and I feel it in my soul

I speak to you in riddles you say

You cannot trust what you cannot understand

So you close your mind to me and hope I will stop

Trying to rush you is only turning you away

I am overcome by emotion

I speak in tongues you do not understand

I become frustrated and I snap

You recoil and grip harder into the ground

You have your own vision

This place still holds your gaze

Your heart is opening to all that lies here

You are expanding and growing here

I am losing my feathers here

I love you, I’m sorry I cannot stay here

Must I walk this path alone

I am hurting you desperately gripping onto you

You feel angry and confused and frightened by my intensity

You go your way trying to recover

I perch in a tree and stare at the horizon

Another sunset is coming. another day over

My time is limited compared to yours

I see things totally differently

I never thought we would part

I am broken if I stay and broken if I leave

The colors are flooding as I just feel and stop thinking

Breathe, just breathe

Tomorrow will come and I must try to mend what I have wounded

But you have retreated so far within

You are shocked to see me this way

I am broken that you cannot see what I see

I know I will have to leave

You know it too

The anxiety is passing as now I feel just sadness

No I do not know what I will find when I go

That is both the beauty and the fear of it

But I know one thing

I can fly, I have instincts that tell me when a change is coming

I am not in control of this, and it will not leave me alone

Experience tells me not to wait too long

For there is a world out there that is calling to me

Come to me, I will show you treasures for your soul

You must risk it all

And you will find what they will one day need

So be brave my heart

Be strong and know

That when destiny calls

She will show you wonders and secrets

When you love someone, when you love many

You know that you must be true to yourself

And when you are, they will one day see

That you did it for them and you

The heart is so powerful and must be obeyed

One life to live

Time is short

Make it work, make it beautiful

I love you all so much I can hardly breathe

Thinking of missing you is poison to me

But the process has begun

It will take shape now that I see it coming

I will obey and trust

That all will be well

I love you so much

We will find our time again

Better than before

Healed by obeying our individual paths

I am proud of you for knowing your own

There is no fear in love

We will mend and begin again

But for now I must fly

I must find what I was born to find

So I can bring it back to you and lay it at your feet

So we can have something to celebrate

I see us laughing and dancing in a field

The children are running around us in circles

We will look at each other and know

It is well with our souls

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Get Back to Your Inner Child

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Remember your first day on the playground, how you felt when you met your first best friend? Two completely different souls from different backgrounds discover each other in the chaos, confusion and uncertainty of childhood, away from home and all that is understood. Two friends meet eyes and they just know they get each other. This is how the visual and performing arts interact every moment. To find your art soul you must remember your inner child.

Mother holds the hand of her child walking in the park

The flowers are blooming

Bakers are selling their creations

The band is playing, children let go of their mothers hands and run to the music and dance

The sidewalk is chalked by those compelled to express themselves

On such a fine spring afternoon

The tents house the artisans ware- paintings, sculptures, pottery, woven rugs, photos of far away places and faces

The gentle breeze moves across the grass and can be seen moving hair and clothing and flowers and clouds and swaying leaves

There is a swirling, stirring feeling rising up in the sum of all these parts

It is as a stream that flows, and all that step in are swimming in the same water

It is the music of the universe that flows inside all of our hearts

It compels us to express ourselves

Run, don’t walk

Don’t just stand there

Jump at the opportunities all around you

We are all just longing to get back to it, that place where magic exists, and dreams are birthed and hope rises us up and takes all our cares away.

This is the power of the visual and performing arts and of nature.

They take us back to when we can remember.

They tell the story of what happened when we grew up and what we experienced or heard about that moved us so much we had to create something to respond to it.

We must remember.

It is imperative that we do remember.

The stream is the same, the expressions are many.

It is up to you to step out of the shadows and jump into the stream.

Get carried away, let yourself go.

Listen to the music, express yourself.

Paint, write, sing, play,

Get back to your inner child!

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What loves got to do with it…

shutterstock_734732989I make my moves, mistakes and all, in this game of life

On the fly, adjusting to the wind and the waves

They are torrential and monstrous

I am only human

Why do you want me to be more than you are

It makes no sense that I should be perfect

But I reach, and I try

I grasp and feel the power

I trip and split my flesh open

Darn it all

Why is every move I make

Measured and critiqued

While all I give is grace and forgiveness

Who is the fool and who’s the sage

Can we simply turn another page

For tomorrow may come

It may be too late

To fix what’s broken

I love you

Strive to trust,

To open your heart

I cannot carry the weight of all your fears

Nor can I cure you

I can only say this

I love you

I’m not going anywhere

I will stay right here until you can see

I love you

Know me

Trust me

Rest and feel secure

You are in me and I am in you

This is us

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Some Days the Dragon Wins

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Waking up to find a total eclipse of the sun

Its a strange feeling and there is no light to shine the way

A low frequency sound is running in the background

Everywhere I turn a foul wind blows

What once brought me comfort now is gone

What once I trusted now has turned

I travel in the dark seeking the source of this darkness

People are feeble and falling under the weight of their fears

I pick up my pace and start to run

Going by memory I race to the boulder by the sea

I climb the slippery rock coated in wet algae

Determined now, I am driven by an instinct that cannot be denied

And there my eyes see the culprit hovering above

He is blocking the sun with his massive scale covered armor

His talons stretch towards me as a threat, but I stand tall

“So its you again” I say, and he blurts his fiendish laughter

“I thought I killed you”, I say

“I exist wherever people let me exist”, he spurts sarcastically

I remember the golden rule, you cannot make anyone else believe

Nor can you cause them to see what you see

When people are blind they don’t even notice that the sun is eclipsed

They carry on in darkness, not even knowing what they’re missing

The true sun, the light of day never rises for the blind

But they don’t know any better, they just feel a little or a lot confused

But not for my people I think, I will not let them fall prey

“Ahhhhh”- I let out a long sign while I stare at the beast

His grin is consuming his face, he’s a cocky mother fucker

I spit on the ground in protest, he giggles profusely

I watch him in fascination, not in fear and he can sense it

Straight faced we have a stare down, showdown

I laugh my own fiendish laugh and he frowns

He knows when he’s pushed me too far, my old foe

He’s trying to make a comeback, he’s been bored with humanity

It is just too easy to spin their tops and he wants a challenge

I walk to the pile of rocks I stacked a long while ago and tear them down

They’ve been there on this boulder top since the last time we had a match

“I knew it was you, I can always see when you’re back in town” I say

He watches me dig, he knows what I will find when I get to the bottom

He shakes with anticipation which is a mixture of terror and excitement

“I’ll give you this one day, but when tomorrow comes you’re gonna wish you stayed away

from this town” I say as I reach the bottom and grip my glowing sword

I rise it high above my head and now I feel the power surging through my body

My heart connects to my weapon and I stare for one last moment into his eyes and say

“You’re gonna get it VASTATOR DRACO

They don’t call me Dragon Slayer for nothing”

Whoosh, he bellows his thunder, lighting, rain and gale force wind

I turn my back and climb back down the boulder and back home

He twitches, I’ve got him thinking now, Does she know something I don’t know

I giggle as I think to myself, Of course I do Sweetheart, I’m your mother.

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Mountaintop Experience

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I awaken with a start, hearing a sound deep in my mind

It is the sound of horses pounding the ground while running

I am flying above them and I swoop down and soar beside them

Their nostrils flaring, and their breathing is forced and loud

I lift up into the sky and veer to the left and rise up high

I reach a current and soar with no effort

I let the wind carry me while I search the canyon

Below me the herd races on, consumed in a cloud of dust

My gaze takes me to the mountaintop, I follow the line

Diving I plummet towards a precipice and land there

Above it all now, the miles and miles of terrain stretch before me

Below me I see rivers and canyons, the cloud shadows dance

The air is warm and the smell is a mixture of dirt and wildflowers

I wait here now for whatever has awakened me

Gripping the rocks’ edge I scan far left to far right, below and above

Nothing catches my eye or draws me in

I slow my breathing and let go of the search

I know now it was not without but within

I close my eyes now with great anticipation

I can feel the wind slowly moving my body

My feathers ripple in the breeze

Slowly like an awakening I sense the object of my search is near

It rises up within my soul more tangible than the mountain

It is the stream within my soul ascending up inside me

Rushing waters tumbling and filling me up

I am the valley, I am the canyons, I am the horses running

Their is a river flowing in me and I welcome it

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Change is coming

So the wind is shifting and I know it

I can’t deny the inevitable

The time is coming and I can feel the blows of the storm coming

How much can any of us prepare for it

I know it’s going to hit and hit hard

It will devastate me

It will bring an end to an era

I will reflect and go on

But there will be yet another void

I must fill the emptiness with hope

A resolve to make everything count

So while I wait, I will not fret

My time will one day come as well

So I will live my life with all my heart

Not letting another decide where it goes

For when the day has come and the shades are drawn

The sun will rise again and it will set

It’s the time I spend while I’m here now

That will enable me to leave my mark

And so I will let it count for those who come behind

I want to show the way with no fear

No anger and no fight

Just with all my might I will tell

That I was here to show the way

To show the way while I can still see

Just love while you can still feel it

For tomorrow will come

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