Life is full throttle most days, and though it can wear me out at times, I am grateful for what comes. I strive to always learn something from these experiences, sometimes in spite of myself. I know that the faster time moves, (it’s October!?) the more mindful I must be to take care of myself and carve out bits of time for what feeds the soul. And trust that whatever didn’t get ‘done’, well, it can wait.
Last Thursday after work, my husband and I drove out to Pensacola for a quick overnight getaway to hear some great music from another musical duo we admire – Karp Foley Band (Peter Karp and Sue Foley). We stayed the night with friends, talking and strumming way past my usual bedtime, and then spent the next day slowly driving back home along the gulf coast, stopping for some beach time with the guitars. It was a great, ever so brief respite.
Tonight, I took a little time to tinker in the kitchen with baking, and then sorting through recent photos and poetry books. And listen to the lovely instrumental album ‘Unspoken Requests‘ by Linford Detweiler (Over the Rhine). All very relaxing and heart-soothing.
So now, for the photos and poetry to share! The poetry is older and the photos are brand new, just from the last week or so. 🙂
Disintegrate to dust
Your fears against trust
Go wherever you feel you must
Don’t let your spirit rust
Your imagined obligation
To follow trepidation
Keeps you in your station
To never see the full nation
Uncover your elation
Accept the celebration
Let the mind take a vacation
Let the heart be the sensation.
love in nature
again, love is in the earth
I love to see the sky from the leaves point of view
The insect was on top of the flower until I focused and then went under.
evidence of Autumn arriving!
OC Haley, an avenue in transformation, New Orleans
I like to play with contrast and saturation, making the same photo different
Karp Foley at Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola Beach, FL
the view at this beach town venue
I’m so glad I got up early and feel the crispness of the morning before the sun warmed everything.
This is lil’ mama. Her and her brother remind us to play and relax.
this little paw warms my heart
Leroy is a precious new buddy, and companion to our friends in Pensacola
Nothing like animal companions to show us play and rest.
“Our goal while on this earth is to transcend our illusions and discover the innate power of spirit. We are responsible for what we create, and we must therefore learn to act and think with love and wisdom and to live in service to others and all of life.”
I’ve been typing out my journals of poetry and musings for a few years now, more often now than when I began this process. I feel a momentum to it now and am enjoying the process. I have large storage bin full of journals that I’m sifting through (in no particular order) as I create a manuscript that will eventually be books or volumes of poetry to publish. This is part of why I started this blog, a place to organize some of it and tip toe into the world of sharing. Somehow it feels more risky than what I do when I write a song and sing it. That is part of why I’m reluctant in posting poems more often; that and just the quantity to choose from can be daunting (same goes for choosing photos).
Throughout my journals over the years, I’ve written down many quotes that were especially important to me at the time, or that I related to, or related to what I was going through. I find that the quotes still inspire and move me, and often times I read them at just the right moment (again).
I opened a new (old) journal to begin typing today, and the very first thing written in this journal (from November 2004!), was today’s quote at the top of this post. And it is exactly what I needed to read today! Caroline Myss is an incredible author and teacher, and her books always nudge me toward growth. Ten years go by, and we change and grow, we review and renew, and yet remain ourselves. Fascinating, this life. Thank you for sharing and participating in the journey. Be well and safe travels!