Shine On

frosty sunflower

 

Shine on, little one,

though your petals crack 

with cold and icy 

shivers lick hungry

at your tender throat.

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Shine on when Arctic

winds whisper white lies,

slanderous icebergs

distorting your image,

warping your purpose.

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Shine on when frosty

tentacles deaden

pulse, sluggish sap-drips

creeping in dead-end

veins, maze of the damned.

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Shine on despite cold

that hounds, ferocious

predator alert 

for signs of weakness,

patient for the kill.

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For your name is Light.

Your breath blooms as warm 

sunbeams. You were born

to spin straw into

gold; so shine, shine on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Savour the Sunshine

Dabs of  pure white in a forest of green,

 last blooms of summer with wintry sheen;

fall into autumn with ice at your heels,

savour the sunshine  and how living feels.

Ballad of the Bleeding Heart

I choose to enter in with you,

engage with you, take risks for you.

I see that loving changes you,

And so I enter in.

I seek to open up to you,

Confide in you, not hide from you.

I want a tie that binds to you,

To meld me to your skin.

In opening, I hurt for you,

I bleed for you, have need for you.

In doing so, I long for you,

And pain makes heart-ing hurt.

But something blooms inside of me,

Has pride in me, can’t lie to me.

And as I bleed, its beauty frees –

In giving, I find worth.

Relationship requires risk.  Sacrifice.  ‘Other-ness’.  And yet, created as we were for relating, the benefits outweigh our struggles as we learn to allow our hearts to engage on a deeper level.  Risk well! 

Remembering

Forget-Me-Not blooms

Ah, yes.

I remember now.

Warmth of sun on skin.

Sweat running a race down curves.

This feeling of being alive and breathing.

This magnificence blooming inside me, growing…

I see you and I remember – I will ride out the winter’s crest.

I will survive my wounds.  I will rise up again on the waves of the wind.

Death cannot define me or dictate His agenda or rob me of  buds or strangle my hope.

I am remembering…