Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Even when the tide is low

Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich

The place which God takes in our soul he will never vacate, for in us is his home of homes, and it is the greatest delight for him to dwell there. . . . The soul who contemplates this is made like the one who is contemplated. --Julian of Norwich, Showings

I sipped my coffee and awaited for something. 
She walked in and I knew
it was her.
I smiled.                     
She smiled back.  
She was a familiar stranger, 
an older version of myself.  
Was that her intention? 
Wise, not beyond her years, 
but because of them,
she wore her stories proudly, deeply. 
We both knew she was there 
to deliver a message, so 
once she settled into her chair, 
I leaned toward her green eyes, 
 smelling skin mixed 
with summer rain. 
“Go ahead,” I said. “I’m ready.”
 She took my right hand
and in a voice 
as clear as Quartz said,
“Do not neglect  the ones you love, 
for if you chase a busy life, you will end up  alone.” 
 I sighed, and  though her words 
 seemed so obvious,   so simple, 
I stood up, whispered “thank you” and went directly home.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Turns and U-turns

I love how beautiful she is
while she survives
wearing her turns and u-turns on her skin;
exposed    for   all    to     see
       rippling in wavy lines
       swirling with translucent strides.
They drip.      from her arms.
They dangle.     in the sun.
They swim.    like peals.
and when she is hungry
she swallows them whole
and is full.

Poetry by Courtney Hans      Art by Sandra Moreano

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gratitude vs Gratification

When I spend
more time   with   gratitude
I am appreciative for all that I have
like fresh air, a warm bed, and soulful friends.
Honesty thrives where I let it in.
But when I forget
and ask for more of the things
that falsify truth like
time, possessions, and eternal youth,
gratification wins.
Gratitude makes me happier,
and in the end
is a far better listener.