Sun fractures darkness

the further I drove, the closer I got to me
distance restored my equilibrium
and my regard for humanity
traveling toward ten thousand stars
only one needed to make a wish
not on the brightest,
            but on one that stood out
                  make a wish, I did
I held tight to that wish, I did
everything else, I let go
then I let myself


solid, deep, peaceful sleep
the deeper I dove, the closer I got to me

a thousand dreams under ten thousand stars
only one dream stands out in the morning light
the gentle river rose during the night
rhythmic lapping now closer to where my head did rest
a shock of crisp when the sun fractures darkness
the cooing of a mourning dove, in a dream
      found me
protective Mother folds herself
      around me

there is so much
I don’t need out here
most of what I need
is within me

paper and pen are always
      with me
my mom gave me strong thighs
      to carry me
my dad taught me how to
      catch, clean, and cook fish
within reach, things
      to protect me
I know how to survive
I know how to look up
      and believe
I know how to be at peace
      with me

out here
I am better than fine
I am free

I have a complicated relationship with the land where I drew my first breath. Although home feels like somewhere else, in the quiet (cool) desert, I can calm my mind and my body, reset. If you’re new to my space, here are a few posts that further illustrate my dynamics with this prickly environment:

“Connected Roots” (me and a foreign plant, not me and the native land)

“Prickly Conversations (audio)” (pivotol turning point with my relationship w/the Sonoran Desert)

Thank you for visiting and reading! Be well. πŸ’— Michele

Please enjoy the song! 🎢 The lyrics are beautiful.

Photos: my images from the Salt River πŸ“Έ Do you see the ring around the sun? Nature did that, not me. Do you see the snow on the Four Peaks Mountain range, part of the Mazatzal Mountains (approximately 17 miles from where I was standing)? Cool!

Β© 2023 MyInspiredLife

99 thoughts on “Sun fractures darkness

    1. You got it! 😁 The area where I was standing, flows from several lakes. Many trips to the area, camping, fishing, and skiing. The Salt River is also a popular destination for tubing during the summer months. β˜€οΈ Thanks, about the poem!

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  1. The Sonoran desert seems particularly beautiful and spiritual compared to other deserts. My husband always says that God used the desert in the Bible to cleanse, renew, test, and bring about rebirth. It certainly is true in real life!

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    1. While I have visited only a few deserts, I must agree. The Sonoran Desert seems to have more vibrancy compared to others I’ve visited. 🌡 Your husband’s words are insightful. I often have those experiences when I am in the desert. I do my best to stay away during the summer months. That is the ultimate test! 😰 Thanks so much for your meaningful contribution. πŸ™πŸ»

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      1. Im Drama
        der Seele
        habe ich
        eine Nebenrolle
        zu spielen
        ich bin nicht
        der Autor
        im Innersten
        aus dem Keim
        der Quelle
        des Lebens
        und dem was
        mich durch
        die Nabelschnur
        der Aussenwelt
        umgibt und nΓ€hrt

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    1. It was a liberating and reflective write. Feels a good one to have written at the start of the year. Thanks so much! Photography enriches my life, helping me to see things in a different way. πŸ’– I love your creative work, including your photography!

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  2. A beautiful contemplation, and reflection, Michele. I spent a lot of years looking outside of myself for β€œhappiness” and answers, both of which were always within me. It’s a powerful experience to get this knowledge viscerally; to know you are never alone, and have all that you need. Happy weekend, my friend! πŸŒ³πŸ’–

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  3. Brilliant; thought provoking & stirring piece of poetry Michelle! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œβ€οΈβ€οΈ The opening 3 lines really set the tone for me:

    “the further I drove, the closer I got to me
    distance restored my equilibrium
    and my regard for humanity…”

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      1. Ah, but you are worthy! πŸ‘πŸ˜ That was a fantastic piece of writing! πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ Substitute “drove” for “run” and you’ve got me tagged with those lines! 😊😁

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  4. Here’s a little piece of info I’ve shared with only 2 or 3 people; Since my return from vacation the first week of August 2022, I have not had one single night when I did not dream. I can’t think of any changes in my routine that would bring this about. I used to sleep like a rock, sometimes barely moving until morning. Now I am visited every night by dreams, all different types of dreams. Intriguing. This phenomenon has certainly given me a lot to write about! 😴

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Nancy. 😊 Dreams are fascinating. I am sure you’ve always dreamed – that’s what our incredible minds do. For some reason (also fascinating), you are remembering them now. Enjoy! I have an active dream life – I’ve written posts about my premonition dreams. ✨ Sweet dreams and happy writing!

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    1. I am touched and grateful. I love learning that you feel my words. Thank you, Lauren. 😊 The layers keep falling away and true self emerges. πŸ’— I am also glad you enjoyed my photos. Always something to learn with photography – I am enjoying the process.

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  5. This is a very beautiful poem about finding yourself in life and it is also thanksgiving parents whom play a very big role in guiding and protecting their child , so that the child will grow up beautifully and become independent and find their own way in life ( my vision) wonderful photography and dear you also as well πŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’•Grace wishes and Greetings πŸ–– πŸ™πŸ˜Š

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  6. Michele, what a gift for a new year. This spoke to me, as I feel the farther away I go the closer I get to me. “I know how to look up
    and believe
    I know how to be at peace
    with me”
    I’m learning to do that, but needed to go far to learn it.
    Thank you ❀️

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    1. A beautiful and gracious comment. Thank you, Natalie! Words and the freedom of expression are definitely gifts, for each of us. πŸ’– Much gratitude for sharing what stood out and why. I love learning that. Enjoy your week! πŸŒ…


  7. Lovely inspiring message of that connection with the raw earth & how it shaped our different childhoods – can definitely relate to this! πŸ˜€ Beautiful verses, Michele ❀

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  8. There is something about returning to our roots that we internalize each time we visit. It becomes our identity and our impetus to keep us moving forward, being creative and telling our story. I enjoyed your deep poem of introspection. Our dreams tell our story for us. The problem is dreams are like etch-a-sketches, As soon as we sit up to get out of bed, the screen washes clean!

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  9. Oh my goodness Michele my Belle, your ruminations about your roots are FANtabulously heartwarming. I love your groundedness, and your words flow like warm honey. So earthy. I adore your photography too. πŸ€—πŸŒ΅πŸŒž They tie your message together effortlessly. Thanks so much for sharing your heart and spirit with us my Dancing Queen! πŸ₯°πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ₯³

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  10. What a special and lovely poem that carries the reader on a homing journey that ends feeling grounded and satisfying. And, while I just love the relatable ending, this line also calls out to me: “a thousand dreams under ten thousand stars . . .” Gorgeous! ❀

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    1. A beautiful ending, you have described. I am pleased you landed there. 😊 I started with “a million stars” then I pondered… how any stars can we actually see at night with our naked eyes? It looks like a million, but the number is actually lower than it seems. Thank you very much, Layla. πŸ’–

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