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Prodigal Selves: Poems

Four poems from the beginning...

prodigal selves

 

i welcome you

i welcome you all

all of me from every day

every day of pain

and confusion

every day of curiosity

pleasure

love     

and enrapturement

every day of hatred

greed

recklessness

and rage

i welcome you from every day there ever was

every day that is today

and every day that ever there will be

open arms

no questions asked

no rationale required

i am here

infinitely

for you

all of me from every single day

 

there is room                 

for us all

 

meditation

uncoiling the false ribs wrapped around my chest

 

while holding myself in a gentle steady light

 

i shift my mind like a parent cradling a newborn –

 

in slow responsive awe

 

battle cry

 

tending moments quiet enough

where i can feel the tightness coming on

where i can hear the clank

of the dull bronze armor being hooked

in place

            just under my skin

            preparing me for a battle

            that no longer exists

plates of armor nearly everywhere

so thin i almost don’t notice

unless i tend moments quiet enough

where i can hear the clank

 

and watch

as my light begins

to close in

on itself

 

 

i can hold you differently

and so it was that i felt the terror

of betraying myself

 

the internal industry of war

 

decades of battles cutting into my ground

buried fast with putrid mud

and covered over with sod and hedges

 

i didn’t even know that i was forgetting

those old distant fields

 

but i did a good job

i strangely treasured the ignorance

though finally

it just cost too much

this forgetting cost the best of me

the unknown

 

and unmarked

 

best   

     but i have been preparing for you

 

     rise up

 

     reach out

 

     be felt in your rich resonance!

 

     my heart is ready for this sorrow

 

     i can hold you differently

 

     i can feel you now

i can honor the fallen

 

they shall be born again

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