Darkness Scatters

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being!”
Hafiz of Shiraz

darkness scattersThe joy of daybreak
when somber souls soar free,
from dark entrapment
in glorious reveries.

The gannets circle
above tempestuous waves.
Deep blue colliding
with gentle gossamer rays.

Soft zephyrs whisper
in rose colored entities.
Frenzied seagulls gather,
like vain celebrities.

When darkness scatters
and credence comes to life.
Echoes of liberation,
shorelines of delight.

Photography by D. Herman

When you give up your dreams

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones
Image may contain: sky, outdoor and natureWhen you give up your dreams
it’s like a blow to the head
a punch in the stomach
a constriction of your breath.
All that you see is a faint light in the distance,
so distant
that you squint just to see it.
You stand in the darkness
terrified of life
unsure of existence,
like a dead person in temporal insanity
floating in a starless Universe
a hopeless vagabond
confused by what life is supposed to be.

Then you plummet to earth
and the stars in your head are all that you see
when you give up your dreams.

But a flash in the dark
a beam of great light
transforms your fragile heart,
you heal!
Set free from the longing of what
you thought life should be.
Loosed from despair and
liberated from your ranting.
Transported to a place
where dreams are released.
Your only expectancy
is the light of the day
and the knowledge of the night.
You live like the trees
rooted in terra firma
at one with the sun.

Then you summon the stars
and submit to their silence,
tossed by the wind
unfettered by pain.
Your communion is the birds.
The verdant fields are a balm to the ache
that was once attached to your heart.
Silent words write themselves in the stars
to call out your destiny.
Tears touch the earth
as they quench
your parched yearning
and you begin to dance
in the glow
of your own splendor.

With great joy you become submerged
in cascading waters
sparkling and
alive with vibration.
You become surrounded
by the magic of living.
The song of the ocean is one with your soul.
Your dreams get buried
in the folds of the mountains
in a timeless void
to be turned into dandelions
to fly like the wind!

So give substance to that gale
that empties your senses
and brings you to life.
Have joy in the heavens.
Let your breath magnify
every living thing that surrounds you
to the glory of just being.
Acceptance of what is given
grateful for life
to the wonderment
of a divine Universe
Just release your dreams
into the cosmos of living,
that if they return
to you,
they were
meant to be…


Mother’s Day

“You count the hours you could have spent with your mother, it’s a lifetime in itself.”
Mitch Albom, For One More Day

maryMemories frozen in time…..
It’s been thirty years since I looked
on your beautiful face.
I’ve changed.
I’ve evolved.
Would you recognize me now?
Your love made me strong.

It was hard growing into womanhood
without you,
without your guiding light
to lead me out of my darkness.
Many times I begged you to come back
and wipe away my tears
You’ve been dancing with the Angels
for so long now,
you probably know
all the latest dance moves!

You escaped the bonds of this Earth
before I was ready
to let you go.
Maybe one day I’ll gaze once more
into your lovely blue eyes,
and you’ll teach me to fly…..



“To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.”
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

wild things
I stood on the river bank, in silence,
beside the cool waters.
Under the shade of parental suffocation.

The waters seemed timid,
almost a trickle,
an easy swim to the other side….
As I jumped into the water, a torrent came.
I was unprepared.
The mud on the bank was sliding
and the waters became quite cloudy.

I was consumed….
and then taken under,
into the depths.

The monsters below knew me,
they welcomed me in silence,
as if it were my home.

At first the asphyxiation was not apparent
and it eased me into submission…

On looking up, I could still see light..
the light of my understanding,
but I could not get to the light!

The waters surrounded me, they held me hostage,
it became my prison.
The monsters of the deep were serenading me, blinding my eyes..
slowly shutting me off from the light,
the light of my understanding..

I remember the shore from where I had come,
I remembered the choking,
the acquiescence.
I had learnt how to hold my breath on that shore,
but I hadn’t seen the sun in the deep shade of my parental home.
I had always longed for the son!

As the waters took me deeper
I was enveloped in darkness.
The light became a mere speck in the distance.
I let the creatures hold me,
comfort me.

I knew no other self, only the shadow self.

Then at the bottom where consciousness was almost lost,
I saw my own reflection
and at first I didn’t recognise it.
It had grown ashen and grotesque….

But even in the deep, You were always with me,
trying to pull me upward.
The coldness had numbed my senses and pain had made me succumb to darkness…

I was alone when You came, not creature stirred that evening.
Your light came to find me,
in the twilight,
to find my shadow self,
and I knew that You had been there, since the foundation of the earth.

You taught me to stand on the distant shore, in the bright sunshine.
You let me look at the cascading waters, from the other side,
You let me touch my sorrow!

I saw great beauty in the crystal waters, even through the insanity.
My senses came to life,
it was my transformation!

I began to gulp deep breaths of emancipation,
I began to soar a little
and to live in the light,
the light of my understanding.
My true home, my authentic self.

I can still see the home of my parental affliction,
in the distance,
beyond time……

But I’m learning to exhale in the light of my own transfiguration.
I’m learning to transcend my shadow self.

It’s been a long journey and I’m nearly home……
I’m trying to dream while I’m awake,
and keep watch while I’m asleep.



You may say I’m a Dreamer

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
John Lennon

looking upLooking for silence,
in the chaos of life.
Shattered tranquility.
Turmoil, hate and strife.

Disquiet makes bondage
of our collective beings.
Wars, famine, catastrophe
hear the silence scream!

We live on the edge
of a Divine Universe.
Caring for humanity
life must be preserved.

Longing for serenity,
to escape intrusive noise.
Canopies of sacred splendour,
each moment bring new joys.

We look up to the heavens
and see a million stars.
Prayers explode the darkness,
love this planet of ours!


Heavenly debris

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ

hope 2
There’s hope
in every sunrise,
many reasons
to be alive.

Sometimes the
dark will beckon
and light is
gone in seconds.

In pitch black
you will see
from sufferings
be freed.

Of light you
will expose
the dreaded

With Gratitude
the truth in
you believed.

loved, released,
awash in
heavenly debris.

In dark at
end day,
new life is
on the way.