Parenting

Weighted Leaves

I can’t help it I feel all
the weight of each leaf holding on, the thoughts
of doubt, ridicule the dreams that haven’t
found their way through those memories left behind
the constant worry
am I doing this right my furrowed brow my head full
the blurred transition between what

Actually is and what can change for good
sometimes I want to scream out loud “How cursed!”
I feel to feel so much
some minutes I just want a break from the whispers
good or bad it is hard to get a full breath
it is hard to get rest it is hard
to keep standing up for my heart and offering what it feels to those who hurt

I will continue to notice continue to feel continue
to wander through the tree top leaves and find
the beauty in their connection see the light peeking in
seeing each effort spilling leaf as part of a whole
somehow this makes me less likely to be confused about why
I feel so weighted down and need to cry
to lighten this weight sometimes

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Forget-me-not

Of course so many need
you need you to care
for their wounds need you to calm their wild-eyed views need you
to tenderly speak need you
to listen while they weep so many need you
to believe in their goodness their dreams they need
you to remind them to see (more…)

WPC: Edge

I trust you but not the wind
it begins to play
with your mind giving you false but overwhelming hope
your arms become wild wings
and by reaching for the edge it is the beginning
an adventure
where flying is required

** This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge. My son is a wild imaginative soul who gains strength and delight at the edge of everything high. You can find more entries from this challenge, HERE.

Dainty Dreams

Feeling the pull
to stand out away from the background
the everyday
routine fading my dreams blossoming
gaining flourishing unwavering still dainty and new
but oh so beautiful

Although summer’s pace is slow in thought it moves at a rapid trot, at least for me. In giving an effort to make the most of each of these longer days I am noticing so many moments of moving away from should and must dos into savoring the pocket of a moment for an extra long time. Sitting in, taking in, deeply moving through, it is opening my heart to the life I have always wanted to live and that is incredible. So incredible.

Wind Swept

The winds
blow even
when I ask them to stop
churning up the waters
within my heart
leaving behind traces of their path where they got caught
up in the past tracing
the journey
looking back I can instantly see how far
from the shore I have ventured
beyond

** This post is part of the Monochrome Madness challenge put together each week by Leanne Cole. Please check out the always impressive gallery HERE.

You know it is still springtime here as long as the winds blow fiercely. Just last week they died down and the fog now rolls in in the evening and stays through the morning blanketing the coast. Wind is a wild, unrelenting presence I can’t ignore. I’ve grown to enjoy it more as I’ve grown older. There is something magical about being moved by something I can’t actually see.

Summer Under a Tree

Today marks the first day of summer vacation. My boys are thrilled, I am a bit overwhelmed with the thought of endless summer days and their wild energy. At the moment the need to contain their wildness feels unnecessary. So I hope to have this image in my mind most of the summer, the sounds of the sweet rustling leaves, the soft endless hues of green, the branches reaching and winding, holding and calming me.

I am going to honor this time by posting less frequently. I am looking forward to sinking into the direction this summer has in store for us and all the natural beauty from within and around us we will uncover. I hope the same for my readers too. Happy Solstice, happy summer, enjoy!

WPC: Pure

Your older brother out
on an errand with dad
your mind churning your heart instantly has a plan
to feel strong feel powerful feel alive
with a dragon cape in the sunshine
you leap you jump you roar deeply from your gut
purely embracing who
you know you are inside (more…)