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“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth,
man would only have four years left to live.”
― Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

There’s a secret language
between bees and flowers
and it goes on for hours and hours…

it’s the voice of color calling the bees
the fragrance of pollen on the breeze
a cosmic utterance in the air
a collaboration
a love affair,

and their bounty keeps our earth alive,
of the great design…


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I am enough

I planted my sorrow in trenches of light
speaking my grief on darkest nights
drying my tears in the setting sun
gathering in fields
I became undone…

I let my broken heart
blow me wherever
I sunk into the presence
of the unmeasured…
narrating my despair to all who heard
I grasped at kindness
I called on words…

I surrendered to my breath
when my doubts grew loud,
recounting my blessings
remembering my vows!

I paused awhile when times were tough
and started to believe
that I really am enough…


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“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
― Helen Keller

Everything is more beautiful
with friends
we taste the evening air
around each bend,
we feast our eyes
on the skies
and occupy the dreams
of paradise…


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this year

May all that has been reduced to noise in you become music again.”
 — David Teems.

I’m going to write my own memes
rework my own prose,
be attentive to silence
and go with the flow.

I’m going to wrestle with my own truths
without a closed mind,
believe in my own magic
and light my own fire.

I’m going to find my own joy
in places of renewal,
set my own style
with no need for approval!

I’m going to narrate my own story
use my own words,
remember the anthems
acknowledge the unheard.

I’m going to love myself more
keep surrendering with grace,
surrounded by kindness
I’ll know heaven’s embrace.

I’ll be more forgiving
of myself
and others,
laugh a little louder
have more fun with color.

I’m going to dance to my own tune
listen more to my soul,
sit with the wise
and let love make me whole.

I’m going to set my own sails
on this journey of faith,
hug every tree
and in forests, I’ll bathe.

I’m going to listen to more music
be carried away
with delight.
daydream by day
and keep watch by starlight.

I’m going to let the moon speak to me
when the skies are clear,
feel the measurements
of what is sincere.

Be at peace with myself, as well as all beings
expand my vision
into new ways of seeing.

I’m going to relearn the history
of this present age,
open my heart
and be willing to change.

I’m going to grow old with gratitude (hopefully)
allow the silent to speak,
gather with peacemakers
hold hands with the meek.

I’m going to let children teach me
try to keep up with their trends,
live with integrity
and see through their lens.

I’m going to unburden my sorrow
give credence to my grief,
believe I am worthy
and true to my belief.

I’m going to swim in more oceans
walk the way of the brave,
encourage the weary
until the end of my days…

I’m going to fall more easily onto my knees,
on merciful grounds
that absorb my unease…

I’m going to try anyway…


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Distractions…Part two.

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
― Vincent van Gogh

I was distracted by the blossoms
in bright arrays,
I never saw the potholes
or the world’s decay!
I was taken in by nature,
and she loved me back,
and for a moment
I was on other-worldly tracks…


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Distractions…Part one

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
― Rumi

I’ve been distracted by worries
set upon by lies
held in lack of faith
I couldn’t read the skies…

Brooding in silence
I could not envision joy
all that was visible was
a darkened void!

so I spoke to the darkness to all who could hear
and I asked them quietly to take away these fears…

They showed me light and love,
they brought me flowers,
so I bent with them in worship
in bright sunlight hours…

faithless hysteria had sapped my strength
kept me captive
had stolen my breath…

to be continued…


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Trick or treat?

Stevie made his Grim Reaper costume from an old sheet…

Halloween has never been a big celebration for us here in South Africa,
but one year the kids wanted to do “trick or treating” in the neighborhood.
So they dressed up in homemade costumes and ventured out.
It wasn’t long before they came screaming back.
Apparently, there was a suspicious man in a house at the top of the road,
and instead of “treat” he wanted “trick”.
They didn’t even know what that meant, but he looked funny
and his house was dark inside.
I think they had watched too many “haunted house” movies… 

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La luna

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
live in the question.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

It’s been dark and I can’t see my way out
I’ve lost too much
that I can’t get back

And I’m wallowing just for a time, until the pain passes.
if you ask me if my eyes are dry
they are not
I woke up that way!

And sometimes
just sometimes
I need to kneel deeply in the mire of grief

And let sorrow slosh around me
until even the tips of my fingers feel pain

But I promise you
I’ll grow back with the sunset
I’ll be touched again by the trees,
and I’ll keep reminding myself
that there is a brighter tomorrow…

Because the moon in all her situations
found me
at 3am!


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“Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.”
― John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

They hung their heads
in surrender
in a world full of doubt,
never believing
that there
could be
an end to the drought!
they bowed down,
before a silent earth,
hoping for rebirth…
tears poured on soft grounds
they sang
salvation’s song,
and in the midst
of suffering,
they remembered that they
were strong!


Some days it feels as though there is no light at the end of the tunnel
and I bow in surrender, more than in worship.
I’m feeling faithless in a world that seems to be loosing hope!