Life is Me

 

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We are not here to hide
behind the veil of our fears,
glimpsing out into the world
as though it is not always
running wildly within us,
as though we are not
part of the bright evolution

We are not here to be
more faint, muted or faded
than the world we balk from
as though we need to be smaller,
or for our actions be less brave
than the the bold expressions
that stir our souls everyday

We are here to sing like the opera
that glitters under our skin,
to dance to the rhythmic cadences
that spring from Earth’s core,
to sculpt our bodies like gold and
feel it rise through us like fire:
This life is ours to claim!

– TS

Let’s Journey Together

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We’re heading there now
the sky, a blue sheen,
or maybe the rain gods
are giving us a day of grey
 
We’re speeding there,
so fast we are learning
we never really had a say
in the great unfolding at all
 
We’re turning corners,
and the wind on our skin
is a delirious awakening
as we glide around the bend
 
We are remembering our way,
we are finding our protection,
we are digging deep for hope,
we are making it together. – TS

Perfect Now

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Eyes shut until
you’re up close
and can smell
the musky fragrance
 
Of life that has
been through life,
that has breathed
in the shadows
 
And gasped for air
and also sung
from the tops
of mountains and
 
Remembered to
praise the sun
that washes it all
with fluid joy
 
Eyes open to
find it all, the history
and the smallest bits
full of perfect now. -TS

Let’s Build Our House

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The house I will build for you
will not always be the most
perfect or well-kept house,
 
It will not always be standing
as firmly as you need it too, upon
its foundation of good intentions
 
It will at times shake and shiver
as the winds howl into gales that
have all the markers of rage and fury
 
It might sigh and tremble and
start to collapse in certain parts
as though doubt itself built its joints
 
And the waters running beneath
will seep into its skin and bones
and threaten to drown the house
 
That we have constructed with all
the love we know how to put into
this world through the things we make
 
And the things we find, that we
want so badly to hold in firm embrace
and never let go, and never leave
 
But this house I will build for you
will always persevere, because the
blood of generations runs through
 
Its sometimes strong and sometimes
wavering frame, and it beats and it
palpates until we recognize the dance
 
And the view from all sides will
always be sublime, and the horizons of
love will always keep it standing. – TS

Make Beauty Bigger

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beauty that asks not to be seen,
heard, touched or experienced

yet how warm her welcome, how
very much i feel in her presence

how inspired i am by her nature to
make beauty from my deepest places

for the only purpose of sending her
out into the world, for you to find

she on her wings, and you on yours
and of course they are one, the same

and she and we only grow with each
lovely desire to make beauty bigger. TS