A danger sign missed. Inner wisdom dismissed.
Into a flowing stream with more than my toes, I willingly stepped.
Floating down a winding brook, following a carefully chartered course,
turning a corner, I was dumped into the deep, where other rivers merged.
A leisurely scene suddenly transformed into a plunging force.
Treading and splashing in a fast-flowing and unsettled sea,
trying to relax, hold my head up, and most importantly – to breathe.
Surrounded and distracted by rushing and crescendoing waves.
Caught in a rip current that is gaining strength.
If I try to match its pace,
it will quickly envelope, before it slowly suffocates.
With agitated seas and whipping winds swirling around,
I must protect my energy and let go of that which weighs me down.
With some unease, I do release, while noticing others grab for
more than they need, more than they can hold –
adding to their overburdened labor
and blurring the calm shore.
Clinging to shallow thoughts and objects, short-lived,
rushes delivery to the darkest depths.
Deep reflections and a life preserver, securely fit,
offer buoyancy and freedom to rest.
A shifting ground can slip through fingers, but it is needed to step
from the sea’s turbulence, uncertainty, and stress.
With tired limbs and salty eyes, just above a wave’s foamy crest,
I watch as a mysterious artist creates an everchanging portrait,
painting and erasing the sun’s rise and descent.
When the hurler of heat vanishes from view,
I see nothing holding the stars in place or cradling the moon.
Deep-sea treading and head-above-water pondering lead me to conclude …
if heavenly bodies can thrive in nothing, then I can too.
Waves will crash and the sea will thrash,
but these surging white caps will not last.
In that knowing, I can relax; my body and spirit are learning to adapt.
In this moment there is nothing I need, nothing beyond my reach,
nothing causing me to overextend outstretched limbs,
and it is nothing that will keep me afloat in this deep and unpredictable sea.
If you are swimming in an unsettled sea, I hope calm waters arrive with your next sunrise. 🌅 💗 Michele
Photo 1: Reflecting and admiring the reflections (haha) at Tempe Town Lake (thanks for capturing the moment, LP) Photo 2: San Diego coast (taken a few years ago)
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