When Fate has frozen fortune,

When winter has its way,

When hanging on takes all you’ve got

And circumstances prey,

Open heart to springtime rays

And soak up brilliant sun,

For in the Light, your hope is sure –

Your gleaming has begun.

Eyes Squeezed Tight

hoarfrost maple

Eyes squeezed tight to shut out cold

can’t see a winter world lit gold,

will not perceive the gift of ember,

can’t truly LIVE throughout December.


Our instinct when in pain is to flinch and shut it out – what are we missing of the lesson intended?