The Forest of Bloom

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The day could be glowing
with smiles full of sunshine
 
Or there could be rain
Falling in torrents, like tears
 
Maybe it has just snowed
Blanketing the earth for rest
 
There could be a soft breeze
That turns to gales in the night
 
Fierce so nothing feels sure
And ground itself has come loose
 
There is always the forest within
So we close our eyes and go
 
Maybe we come to the tree fearful
Or maybe ready for her healing
 
Maybe we look at her with longing
Or maybe we have truly arrived
 
And see: even as day grows dark
even as storms growl and uproot
 
Still the once-ripe leaves will fall,
Still the tree will bloom again. – TS
 
 
 
 

Joy Now

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And once we round the bend?
Once all that the horizon is ours?
 
Is there something waiting there
grander than the vast open road
 
with its trees glinting in the sun
stone structures mounted for gods
 
Mountains just off to the side
ready to cushion your dreams
 
The clouds, too, shifting shape
always waiting to tell you a story?
 
May we not wait for what comes
but bring joy to everything we meet. – TS

The Wonder of Side by Side

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The wonder of side-by-side,
how the one never tugs at
the luster of her companion,
how there is no struggle at all.
 
Let’s take a small moment
to contemplate the mystery
that is also no mystery at all,
of the harmony in difference.
 
The trees do it unthinkingly,
bearing life in all the colors,
not enjoying freedom in unity,
but embodying ours eternally.
 
They ask not even to be seen
but offer themselves to our gaze,
boasting no magic, but teaching
us everything we need to know. – TS

Find the Forgotten

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And we soar
to the treetops
and beyond
 
Having forgotten
to reckon with
the earth’s beauty
 
(Which is also
the beauty in us
and of ourselves)
 
And from here
in the clouds
we pause to rest
 
Breathing deep,
finding in soft places
the contour of us
 
The mystic dance
between our freedom
and our sublime
 
Incarnation. – TS