Darkness and Light: Poetry Composed in Community by 2020 "Between the Holidays" Retreatants
“We need to be in dark soil to grow. There is no spotlight in the womb. Darkness is incubation.”
Darkness and light is whole in its contrast but
also one in its wholeness of the same…
Darkness and light are a continuum
All is required for life and growth
Transformation from one to the other
The swirling, the deepening, the opening
The sun, the storm, the journey, the challenge
Brought us together today
Seeds push up through the black soil
Evolving ever onward
You have to embrace darkness to give light a
And find wholeness that is my birthright
New life contracts from darkness to light
Love and Growth and Fear and Protect
all that is within
Held in a sacred womb
Both are gifts that merge
I can “be” Both
Stained Glass (Guest Posting)
You resurrected yourself in many partials, different colors, and hues to be placed
back together in a large mosaic.
What will you depict?
Right now, fierce warrior-ness.
Bow and arrow at the ready, lion's main to show power, dragon's breath for flames.
Passionate running through the woods crunchy leaves blow my cover. Shit.
Hollering out a battle cry within. AAAAAaaaaa
Against myself war rages.
Start to finish. Finish to start.
It is a oneness I am coming to know.
A seeking a speaking or-- no?
Self-doubt echos back in these ears--
only to be put in its place.
A personal mantra, "you know your body".
"The Mind Controls the body but the Breath controls the mind." B.K.S. Iyengar.
Stinging Pain Rears
No matter what happens you know yourself move through it.
Be you, Be with it.
There is weighted discomfort.
And yet, be brave.
It is time to lay down weapons there is no fight to win.
Sit in the tree instead of crunching the leaves.
Hear the sounds that surrounds.
Offering to you instead of you doing
Do you have my back?
Smelling life for a moment. Find your ease.
Sniffing promotes breath which is your own breeze.
You will find your stride.
emote no lie.
easy doesn't hold a lasting result.
Anything worth wanting, knowing or having takes effort.
Banter of what your life should be, who are thee, stand-- Stand with yourself.
In the strife, in the shattering jagged pieces that will find there place
Quietness is sometimes the best possible reasoning--
place take your time. Honor your voice of walking yourself through
instead of running to keep pace.
earning these life warrior stripes, medals of war.
Soldier on Fierce Warrior-- Soldier On....
In your last breath your final mosaic piece
will be laid until then you must carry your divine flame. Work to find the balance. the glue to glass easy will never last.
Poetry by Karlene Rantamaki
Glasswork Mosaic by Crystal Burr
Dr. Jamie Marich
Curator of the Dancing Mindfulness expressive arts blog: a celebration of mindfully-inspired, multi-modal creativity
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