I was just struck by such an intense feeling, that I am nothing in isolation; I can only be here in this exact way because of everyone I know and have known, who have all contributed and continue to contribute in such profound ways to this crazy and beautiful unfolding life. Thank you all so much for your incredible, indelible and kind presence!
Please share if you would like to spread the gratitude around!
The palpitating in our hearts is fear.
The shaking of our limbs is shock.
The knots in our neck are frozen indecision.
The tension in our shoulders is the weight of the world.
The constriction in our throats is helplessness.
The ache in our joints is the control we never had.
And yet, it is also this.
The look on our faces is hope.
The glimmer in our eyes is joy.
The smile on our faces is optimism.
The daydreaming we do is for a good tomorrow.
The bond between us is our link to the future.
The hands reaching out to everyone else is love.
And it is not as easy as making the choice.
But it is as simple as accepting them both.- TS
I remember scrunching up into a ball
as low as I could in the backseat of
my parents’ car on summer vacations
(sun-drenched and filled with sweetest things)
and squinting my eyes so that there was
only me and the sky and the whir of
all the things passing by
The feeling comes back to me often
though I can’t find the words for it __
the being one with the sky, that seemed
the only constant thing and I could
never touch it or fly right up to it,
though the gravitational pull up
there was so strong
The safety of being so still amidst
all that movement, the getting from
here to there that existed to my
childlike mind as a cartography drafted
by the wizards and sorcerers responsible
for all the best of our earthly wanderings,
treasures over the rainbow
And for all the adventures that awaited,
the junk cereal indulged in, the death-defying
walks across slippery waterfall rocks, the secrets
my father told his gleeful daughters in his
hushed whispers, it always came to this:
the sky through the car, the warmest invitation,
holding my future safe.