Although I wrote this poem in August, it feels appropriate for this week, this season…hang tough, let go, breathe and be kind, to yourself and to others. Let us walk with grace and courage into this new chapter, and in community as humans, not enemies.
How things creep in over time and form a line
Pieces once pure now looking for a cure
Notice the way the dark endures
How resistance holds up against persistence
How constant exposure can lead to a rupture
How the search for contentment can lead to resentment
What takes up residence and pretends as permanent
Looking for closure in this part of the overture
Is there a point in building up to the breaking point?
Is there a part that’s essential in falling apart?
How deep are the wounds?
How dark are the tombs?
How dense are the rooms?
I’ve always been right here
Waiting for the sign to clear
Hoping a word I hear
Will remove every fear
In looking to be complete
I mistakenly compete
And then stumble on my own feet
Overheated in the street
I used to be exclusive and unique
And was always on a winning streak
Maybe I hit the peak
Maybe I let myself go weak
Or maybe it’s just a day in a week
Constantly eliminating can be so delineating
In the land of extremes I rarely know what I mean
Back when I was new and didn’t know what I knew
I want to get back to that place
Where I take care of my face
And mindful of my space
And live with more grace
Where there’s nothing I need
And I’m not always bleeding
Where I’m complete in my breathing
And to close…I share with you a few quotes from Anais Nin, from her journal circa 1940…
quotes – Anais Nin diary 1939-1944
“To say that the artist is not serving humanity is monstrous. He has been the eyes, ears, voice of humanity; the transcendentalist who x-rayed our true states of being.”
“Man is forbidden to concern himself with anything but the struggle for bread. If his capacity for dreaming, imagining, inventing, and experimenting is killed in the process, man will become a well-fed robot and die of spiritual malnutrition. The dream has its function and man cannot live without it.”
“When I see the enormity of the machines in factories, I am not impressed. It is material. The human adventure, human receptivity, has to find a way to make one feel power, force, but not by mathematics. I am not angry, but I seek desperately for the sensitive and human America. But I feel anger and violence in the air.”