A World Worth Saving

Save the heart

And there you spend your waking days
rising like the sun in the east
setting right all the painful wrongs
that ever crossed the lips of man

There you cross the valley
lighting up the shadows
that were once so carelessly tossed aside
by evil, hidden from the light of man

And there you lie down,
let the waves wash over you,
the sand bury your bones
until you rise up again,
as every drop, as every sea

you rise up as the bearer of wings
that drop their feathers like hope,
to the ground, a blanket of healing dreams
for a world worth saving

©SpiritLed 2015

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The final day of vacation holds a sadness
a knowing that the hermit life created for a time must end
that all the sandy remnants washed upon the shore
which once housed life
now provide enjoyment for collectors

as their broken parts begin to renourish the shoreline
as your broken parts started to renourish while on temporary retreat

Yet the wholeness is still fleeting
as soon as the water washes upon the shore
it just as quickly recedes
and even an extended solitary stay
cannot stop the feeling
of slipping away

And so the melancholy pervades
even as the others play and walk the beach
in quiet confidence of more time

More time –
     It’s what you always want
     no matter the endeavor

More time to hug your children
More time to finish your work
More time to stay still

More –
     Nothing is ever enough

Why can’t the blessed moments in life be enough
     without wanting more?

Each moment is encapsulated in the now, past and
     future are no longer or not yet real

More implies lack, and looking out at this expanse
     you know you want for nothing
     except for More

Each shell you collected is real today but gone tomorrow
     and you still want More

Each day a gift, never to be received again
     and yet you sit, melancholy on the sand
     counting the hours until you must part
     rather than counting the waves, the shells,
     the single grains of sand that could fill up
     an entire lifetime of More

Waves, shells, sand
     they know everything comes to an end
     transition is the only way to sustain life
     they share their wisdom
     for those who are open to hear
     those who dare to turn their backs on More

SpiritLed 2014

Where Green Meets Blue

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There is no such thing as too much time by the sea
for she’s my closest friend
sometimes enrapturing me with laughter
sometimes pounding discontent
sometimes kissing my feet with salty tears

Long spaces of time may transpire between visits
but we start again right where we left off
marvel at the changes in each other
laugh together at the shorebirds
gobbling tiny morsels of gossip

We sit together, my sea-friend and I
pick up pink-striped shells, broken slivers of sand dollars
and throw them back into the welcoming waves

She cannot resist one more caress on the shore
and I, one more glance across the horizon
where green meets blue in perfect union

It may be true that I could share this love
with any other shore
nourish the same quiet friendship
but there is a secret here in the crystal sands
there is a solitude that spreads like religion
no matter how many people circle ‘round
there is healing like a baptism
in every splash upon the shore

SpiritLed 2014

Exquisite Goodbye

In days past. goodbye only left holes,
darkness indescribable, longing for
another time, for things unspoken,

undone, pain that can’t be
quenched, only tolerated

smoothed over by years, like
a stone bathed in water’s constant flow is
never smoothed away completely,

heavy in its place, it sits,
desperately cemented to what was

unmoving, unwavering in its
persistence in being a stone.

Hand in hand we gaze, out where green
meets blue, where goodbye
does not exist, we watch

as storms erupt, part blue-green ways
slow drops of grey pool in my

heart, anxiety, anticipation gag
me with their sourness

Anxiety and anticipation of the exquisite goodbye

More forever loss, more
stones in the belly of my soul.

Oh sorrow, sorrow
for my inability to say goodbye,
to release souls to their destiny
on this plane or the next.

Yet in this instance, parting on the sand,
for once, the stone cannot be found

For once, I smash the urn, scatter
the ashes to the sea, release all that which
binds — the hole, the dark recess that carries and

protects the pain and loss
of lifetimes past, I walk into the sun

For once, in this exquisite
goodbye, I start to let her go

© SpiritLed 2013