Grow the Garden

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Until we can fully grow,
the garden inside us,
which is to say, to see,
to seek, and to love
the blossoms and thickets
surrounding the heart,
Until we can venture there,
May we seek the gardens,
fields, mountains and trails
we still have left to us,
May we cherish them,
be in constant wonder of them,
and seek refuge in them.
May be first become aware
of the magnanimity of
everything they are,
and vow to protect them,
knowing that as we do this,
we are doing nothing less
than guarding the seeds
of our own evolution,
of the heart revolution.
 
– Tammy Takahashi
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Heed the Call

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The direction is not always clear,
obscured as it can remain from us,
as long as we march ahead, thick as fire,
on the same path that brought us here.
Here, with confusions, mumblings why,
various shades of unease, their shadows.
How much do we end up leaving behind
in our seething convictions of where
we must go? How much of the unseen
remains just outside the realm of our
possibilities? Let us fight for our choices,
Dare to expand the view, heeding the call
of the inner voice that tells us, there is
a symphony of voices needing to be heard,
for our very lives, for my need to hear you,
for you to hear me. To honour both. To
cherish all. To find our mothers and fathers,
brothers and sisters, in every single thing
that breathes, as they step into the seen,
and we find each other, and we take
the steps that feed our very creation.
 
– Tammy Takahashi

Be Vigilant

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Be vigilant
With your life,
With our times.
The present moment:
How much despair
Do we find moving
Among us?
How did we get here?
Be vigilant
With your words
And your actions,
Which ripple, and enter
The fabric soaked
With all of our colours,
Blood, bones, tears,
Making no distinctions.
Be vigilant
With your precious heart,
Find out what it needs
And dedicate your time
To providing it.
Find out what it can do,
And devote yourself
To unleashing its gifts
To the world,
The gift we received
The moment we arrived.
Be vigilant
In knowing that
It is all here, perfectly,
If we can recognize it
Like the bee sees the flower,
Like the sun sees the moon.
Be vigilant:
Guard what is yours
Knowing that it is
Never yours alone,
Knowing that
The gem you are
Saves the world.
 
– Tammy Takahashi

For the Women

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There is not one of us

Who does not need the rest,

Who can stand apart

And carry the world

In this way, on her own.

She knows this.

It is the divine feminine

In her speaking,

Knowing she is not

Ever speaking alone.

She has worked hard,

She has made it

To the mountaintop,

She sits, not weary, but ignited,

Each strand of hair

Spilling down to the oceans

Ready to fly where

She is needed,

So that she can wrap

All the suffering beings

Into her embrace,

And soothe, and protect,

And nurture, and love.

And love them.

As she herself, loves,

Is loved in return.

The time has come;

This is the age of Woman,

Which is the age

Of us all, finally,

The age of stopping

To see out of our lonely

Pockets of isolation,

To come together,

Sisters and brothers,

To see the world softly,

To breathe the world deeply,

To love, to love, to love.

Love Won

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Every time.

Love won.

Love won,

because love knows

There is no battle,

No conflict or war,

No me or you.

Love won

Because it knows

That it is always

For us,

With us,

And inside of us,

And could never

Be apart

From us.

Love won,

Because we let it.

Because

No matter how much

We suffer,

And forget love

And feel love

Has abandoned us,

We know.

We know

Deep in our blood

And bones

That there is

No love without us,

And no us

Without love.

Love won

Our victory for us,

And our only work

Is to remember,

With and in

Our love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Be Life

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It is not just you and I,

And everyone we know

Who say, I want to live,

Who are so afraid

Of what not being alive

Would mean,

This is in the nature

Of our precious humanity.

But it is not just us,

Wanting so badly

To reap the benefits

Of being on this earth,

The reason for our

Pursual of this life is clear,

As it is life itself

That wants to live,

It is the very nature of life

To keep in living,

To enact a creation

So monumental

That it shakes us

To our very foundation,

Every time we notice it,

The leaves that return,

Year after year,

According to the laws

Of our Great Mother,

The cycles, the returns,

The seasons that, unending,

Give us their grace.

We are what nature made,

And like life itself,

We are the breath

The universe takes,

Its unceasing flow,

We are the great tribute

To all that has been.

Day and Night

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It looks like emergence,
a movement from dark to light,
from a midnight moon’s lush wiles
to the redemptive break of day,
and you are sitting on soft sand,
not having slept at all,
and the salt brought in
by each sonorous, soothing wave
has cleansed you so that
you are no longer haunted,
and the sun has appeared,
a revelation each time,
to penetrate you with promise,
glee, anticipation for this life.
And so it is – life after death
every single morning,
an emergence, but not a line.
For we live in cycles,
and the darkness will come again,
to be, always, followed by light.
Do not run screaming
against the doors of night,
or fear the end of day.
The lessons of each are harrowing,
but the cycles are also moving,
round and round, in the direction
of our greatest making.