Valiant Protector of Love

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to seek, to have, to know,
our place of protection
 
from our common source
in the cosmic womb,
 
flung here and there,
feeling apart, bereft,
 
our nurturing at time
stripped from us,
 
the stories that break
it all apart,
 
our worldly aim, then,
to remove words, like
 
find
reclaim
harness
 
to be again what
we wish for all,
 
past our stories,
safe within the
arms of love. – TS

Our Love that is Everywhere

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your love is
coming from your
eyeline
stretching out
to the world beyond.
your love is also
out there in
the great vast
cosmic space,
looking at you
too, yes,
but let’s
rest our eyes.
it is surrounding
you, enveloping
you, giving you
the universal
embrace
you often
forget to give
yourself.
it is not
someone else’s
love.
it is your love,
the one love,
meant also
for you. – TS

I Love You (if I could).

I love you

I love you.

If I could rush there, to the place where the walls have been smashed down and the borders between us were fluid and we were standing in an open field of lush grasses and neverending sun,

If I could shower my own heart with so much love that there was nowhere else to go but to spill onto your beautiful self, which I would be seeing as though for the first time on the very first day,

If I knew without having to strive for this understanding, that to love you is the greatest freedom and most ideal joy there is, and that we could be in this most loving space in the blink of an eye,

because it lives in our bones
while we push with our minds
because it is how we were meant to be,

I would. I am coming to you.
I love you.

As A Child Would

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if we can dress our
wounds with love,
and not understanding
what that means,
adopting the curiosity
of a child, unafraid,
ready to explore
their edges and borders,
ready to slide in
to find their story
of origination,
ready to embody
the whole being
of which the
wounds are a small
part … watching
them grow smaller
in our spirit of
implicit acceptance
and exuberant play. – TS

With Love

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take time for yourself
take deep breaths
breathe in space
breathe out compassion
let yourself be scared
let yourself feel old
scars and fresh new wounds
hold what you love close
allow love to expand
bodily, from deep within
let love pour out to
the most unexpected places.
shower yourself with love.
feel the love around you
that means none of us
are in this alone.
the world depends on it.- TS

I am Here

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The day that lumbers on
The life that slips right past
 
And what of in-between?
No dragging on or rushing by
 
But the breathtaking pause.
The moment of, “I am here.”
 
Maybe my shadow slants long,
Or maybe it’s a shadowless noon.
 
Maybe there is verdant splendor
Or maybe there is me, in my body,
 
Breathing in and breathing out,
As my skin cushions the breeze.
 
And I am not dreaming, or hoping
Because it is all already here, inside,
 
And when I face the fear, and look,
I’m overcome: how very full it is. – TS