Burn Brightly (w/audio)

Burn Brightly (poetic prose)

It supports life. Without it we would cease to be. Too much of this life-giver and we would be burned to smithereens. A just right balance gives us daily light and nature’s harmony. We feel its heat, but for us and billions of future generations, its greatest intensity will remain out of reach. To that we can sigh in relief.

For all its larger-than-life life-giving properties the bright one above does have its limitations. It may burn over 10,000 degrees, but passionate love it will never feel. Extended from its surface are warm rays, but the loving arms of another, it will never embrace. It cannot think, change its mind, or sleep in. It has been worshiped and structures have been precisely built in its honor to capture aligned positions, but with a friend it can never share a hearty laugh or a genuine listen.

I am here to remind you; your brilliance is brighter than the sun. Let your light expand like a red giant. Never fear that your shine will be too intense for those who are near. You may ruffle their feathers, but you will never scorch their edges. You may be the shine they need on a dark day. If they don’t like it, they can simply move or click away. Burn brightly, brilliant one, before your flame is done.

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

― Sophia Loren

I’ve been trying some new dance classes in the Valley of the Sun. Performance is not my goal, although to that, I would not say no. I am expanding my horizons while strengthening my core and flexing my toes. On learning and growing, I will never give up. I am stepping out and stepping up! To one of these classes, I arrived early Wednesday night. My urge to stay in the back, I did fight. I threw prudence to the wind. I took flight! Bold me found the last spot in the front row. Brave me, I know! Regulars can be territorial and these routines, I don’t know. Missteps be damned! I will let my light glow! A few did size me up as people sometimes do, but once the music began mostly, I saw intense concentration on focused faces. I resisted my urge to stay small or play serious. It is joy I find in musical spaces. I became the music. I became one with the instructor’s steps. I spun joyfully and freed my hips. I caught my reflection staring back at me – sparkling radiance and sweat! The lady next to me caught it too. My smile became her smile. Ahhh, there it is. Bliss! ✨

Thank you for visiting and reading my luminous musings. 🌞 Be well. 💗 Michele

Rage, rage against the dying of the light!

Photos: my images, Sonoran Desert

© 2022 Michele Lee Sefton

85 thoughts on “Burn Brightly (w/audio)

  1. Poetpas

    I sense a geyser of positive radiation. And I figured out that the “it” was the sun. That’s it!🌞 It’s good to broaden one’s horizons, so I say eureka to you! Spreading a smile is always a welcome bonus 😊

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    1. “a geyser of positive radiation” – Love that phrase! Just call me Little G. 😁 You got it! 💡👏🏻 Eureka, yes! Lots to see and explore, in this big, beautiful world and within. ✨ I might be a smile super spreader. 😂 Thanks for sharing yours! 😊

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    1. My radiant ramblings. 😆 Thank you for sharing your favorite line. The reliable sun… it never sleeps in or takes a day off. To this truth we can set our clocks. haha Much gratitude to you, Cindy, for your sunny support. 💖

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  2. So beautiful article of Sun rays Burn Brightly with dear your so stunning photo to view 🌷🙏👍🏻🥰🌷
    Sunlight is a major participant in our creation mystery and we worshiping Sun God for giving brightness
    To this universe 🌷🙏🌷 Our life becomes a reflection of Sun God’s favour with we enjoying happily 😍👍🏻
    Sweet audio voice to hear dear friend and thank you for sharing 🌷🙏👍🏻♥️😊🌷

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  3. Your lovely poetic prose and truly radiant smile have warmed my day. Adding your always delightful voice to the mix…wow! Thanks for sharing your inspirational creativity, beautiful Michele. Enjoy your weekend. 🌞🌹

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    1. My positive energy tends to shine brighter as the temps begin to cool. Ironic, isn’t it? 😄 I am glad you enjoyed my post and yes new classes have been fun. It’s good to grow and stretch. Pun intended. 😆 Thank you, Rebecca!

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    1. I am touched by your words. 🙏🏻 We are heading into a beautiful and inspiring season – something for all of us to dance about! 😄 Thank you, Jeff, and happy weekending to you too! Get some rest! You’ve been a very busy blogger and poet the last few months! 🌞💖🌳

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    1. Wonderful advice from you too, Ingrid. 😄 Thank you! Easier said than done, but the more we do, the stronger our courage muscles become! 💪🏻💗💪🏻 Best wishes to you on your recent and upcoming publications. Bravo!

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  4. Girllllll!! Best story e v e r!!!!! It’s soooooo easy to stay small. Comparison can steal some pretty cool moments- bravo for getting into the FRONT row!!! Woo hoo!! And, great job being you. This is very helpful for me in the upcoming craft fair. I was getting a bit nervous because of all the other artists’ talents. There’s room for me, too. Right in the ‘front row.’ 🌹🌹🌹⭐️⭐️⭐️❤️❤️❤️

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  5. “Never fear that your shine will be too intense for those who are near. ” Girlfriend, burn brightly before your flame is done. I see that you do not have to worry about your flame being extinguished because you are full of the fuel that feeds your flame oh beautiful dancing queen! 💃🏼🎶💃🏽 Well done, Michele my Belle. Well done indeed! 😊👏🏼🤗🌺😍✨🥰💋🌞🦋

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    1. I am full of something. 😂 Connecting with motivating people like you helps to keep my flame fueled and my light shining. Thank you for that and for sharing your effervescent thoughts about this one, beautiful Kymbelina.🧚🏽‍♀️🤗💗

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      1. Oh my Michele my beautiful Belle… “effervescent thoughts”…I love it my dear! I feel like a tablet of Alka Seltzer…plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is! LMBO 😂😜🤣 Sending you honey bunches of love, hugs, and smooches! 🥰💖😘

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  6. You show how you shine and tell others too shine too. That’s your goodness shining through. I love the photo! You are so gorgeous! I would say “keep shining” but I know you will anyway. :)) Much love to you Michele xoxo

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    1. Funny, the direction this post took. From a research-based article to a motivational post. Maybe it was my brain’s way of showing vs. telling. Or my not wanting to do research late Friday afternoon. 😂 The right words find a way at the right time, right? Thank you kindly, Lia, for appreciating mine and for your loving and generous comment. 😊💗


    1. I appreciate learning that my spoken poetry creates peace in you. Thank you, John. That is motivating for me. I enjoy hearing the words – it brings the poem to life and informs my writing. I’ve considered doing guided meditations, but I’d probably put myself to sleep. 😆

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      1. No, you wouldn’t. People seek guided meditation. I believe dear Michele. We need to concentrate on a voice. I like listening to books on the YouTube. Take my mind to the words and clean-up my mind. The yoga ladies who talk your through a workout. Giving advice and teaching you how to move your body. Are popular.

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