"Deny Me Nothing of Myself"

July 24, 2017

 

"I will not deny

my lips
their smile
I will not deny
my heart
its sorrow
I will not deny
my eyes
their tears
I will not deny
my hair
the wildness 
of my age

It is 
profound 
selfishness
I will deny
me nothing
of myself. 
- Alice Walker

"There's also this to see: They will live on, they will
increase
no longer pawns of time.
They will grow like the sweet wild berries
the forest ripens as its treasure.

Then blessed are those who never turned away
and blessed are those who stood quietly in the rain.
Theirs shall be the harvest, for them the fruits.

They will outlast the pomp and power
of lawmakers, whose meanings will crumble.
When all else is exhausted and bled of purpose,
they will lift their hands, they have survived." 
- Rilke, Book of Hours

Not turning away
At least not very much just a tad just enough to see the
 periphery

shadows 

Not turning away from the 
pain 

from the

wildness within us I 
am blessed even now I 
am joyful even now I 
hear you crying 
though your eyes are dry
you can't fool me you know because I've 
disappeared enough times to know the tricks
at least some of them
maybe its not about better or worse or good or bad its just
 what it is -

change - 

may it all be

changing 

towards greater healing - love 
so much love

even after the fall
love never left 
how could it?
when it is embedded 
in sorrow and tears and wildness and 
our shared

selves.

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