Seeing Peace

mandala of love (from one of our wedding photos)

like pouring love
over an open field
 
or making hot tea
made of comfort
 
finding moss
made of patience
 
an elixir of innocence
in freshly-fallen snow
 
like the sun turning
flitting leaves to gold
 
like a hug that
changes the world
 
we make our way there
through here and now,
 
tinting what we find
with our aspirations,
 
inflecting these with
our every action,
 
so that we can see hope
so that we can touch peace. – TS

Our Feelings, Our Earth

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the feelings crowd in,
let them be strong,
 
watch them with love,
knowing they are not you,
 
but a beautiful, integral part.
an outpouring of history,
 
a tulip budding from soil
fermenting thousands of years.
 
watch the feelings dance,
scream, wail their lifespan,
 
learn from their stories,
absorb the discoveries made
 
in their fleeing wanderings
over this bright, our earth,
 
sit with them, hold their hands,
then breathe, and watch them go. – TS

Joy to Fear to Love

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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

The Tides Will Not Stop Turning

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In answer to your call,
Which I hear across
starry velvet skies
and distant oceans
that pound and flow
and guide the
cosmic order
between us,
I have but this:
All the years
I spent gathering
knowledge –
I am afraid of how
far they kept
me from you.
It was not the
pursuit of knowledge
that forged our
diverging paths,
but the deep
burying of that
which unites,
which is love,
and always love,
and this will
not be
forgotten,
as the tides,
in all their wisdom,
will not stop
turning. – TS