Poetry is a clear window into the heart. I often write to express the thoughts and emotions inside me--not knowing what will appear on the page but invariably discovering more about myself and the world around me.

The Joy of Whistling

Posted Sunday, April 15, 2012

In the lab
When you were created
When you were named
When you were born
The Gods
Yes, the Gods
They whistled with joy

They dreamed of all you were
Love
Love in a body
Love in a human
Love with hands
Love with a mission

Authentic
Happy
Fun
Curious
Trusting—yes trusting
Loyal
Determined

And somehow
Powerfully alone
Yet connected
To love
To care
For others

In the lab
When you were created
When you were named
When you were born
The Gods
Yes, the Gods
They whistled with joy
At who you would become
As you threw off the chains
Entered the fullness of you
Embodied all they saw

Love in a body
Love in a human
Love with hands
Love with a mission
Just Love

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Mountain

Posted Saturday, April 14, 2012

Standing still
I'm still
I'm standing
I'm still standing

Cause if I move
I move
I cause movement
I stay
Because
I can

I'd feel
Feel
Feelings
I would have
I do have
Feelings
Deep
Rumbling
Feelings

I won't fall
I will stand still
Like a mountain
You won't move me
I will look deep inside
I will express my beauty

You will see me standing
You will feel my movement
You will know my feelings
When you stand
When you stay
When you feel
My beauty

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Auspicious Betrayal

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012

They called her names
They ganged up on her
They broke their promises
They hung her out to dry
It was an auspicious betrayal

He packed his bags
He left no note
He ignored his responsibility
To the kids
To his wife
It was an auspicious betrayal

She cried as she began
She was breaking his heart
The baby wasn't his
She was leaving him
It was an auspicious betrayal

They didn't mean it for good
He knew how selfish he really was
She knew it wasn't deserved
It was done anyway
It was auspicious betrayal

After the betrayal
They didn't realize
She would discover
She was worthy

After the betrayal
He didn't realize
The kids would know
His wife would know
That they were strong

After the betrayal
She didn't realize
He would find freedom
He would find his authenticity
He would find his true life

It was an auspicious betrayal

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For Ken...

Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bespectacled beloved
A nuturer for the masses
For the one
Who is lost
A shepherd of wisdom
And folly
He sips from the font of truth
Authentically he roams
Seeking the telling tears
The ripe blossom
The impossible possibility
He is awake
A fighter
For the masses
For the one
Who is lost

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Shannon Kelly

Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Once upon a time
A fairy tale of sorts
Dreaming
Being
Living
A princess

Play with me
She calls
Frolic in the fields
Like bees drawn to sunflowers

Stay with me
She insists
Get to work
Make a difference
Fight the system

Explore with me
She calls
See what's heart
Challenge your body
Climb the mountain

Meditate with me
She offers
Feel the energy
Open to possibility
Experiencing real-ness

Once upon a time
A fairy tale of sorts
Being
Living
A princess

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Beauty

Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Beauty is alone
Beauty depends on no one
Beauty is free

Beauty surprises me
Beauty is hidden by me
Beauty is exposed by me

Beauty can be created
But not by me…
For me

Beauty can be discovered
…but is often overlooked

Beauty is…
the smile of a child for her mother
the presence of a friend
the blue sky
the tree in winter

Beauty is…
Her hair
Her walk
Her sassiness
Her voice
Her nearness

Beauty is a gift

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Silence

Posted Friday, March 23, 2012

Silence
You are the space
Space between the particles

Where knowing exists
Where the answer is found
Where souls are uncovered
Where dreams lie awake at night

Silence

You speak
Deafening in your tremble

With conviction about the truth
With a love that holds on
With a peace...
A peace that can no longer be denied

Silence

You are a friend
A companion for life

For days of joy
For days of heartbreak
For every moment

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Be Authentic

Posted Friday, January 27, 2012

I caught a glimpse today
In the mirror
As I was getting ready
My tattoo
My tree
My symbol of authenticity

In that moment
I was unsettled
Upset
Wanting peace in a relationship
Instead of the drama I was in

That's why I got it
The tattoo
To remind me
To scream at me really
That this is how I've decided to live
With truth
With real-ness
Even when it's unsettling
Even when it means anger instead of forgiveness
Even when relationships end

My tree
My tattoo
It reminds me
That I'm an adult
And life is sometimes hard
But truth
In the end
Will bring good

It reminds me 
That I lived the other way
So long
So many years of lying to myself
So many years of trying to get people to like me

Oh, it was fun
In the moment
But in the end
It brought pain

When I show up as me
Really me
When I tell the truth
When I remain vulnerable
What I get
Is real

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Stick Shift

Posted Monday, January 16, 2012

Yesterday
My life was on automatic transmission
It's great technology
No need to worry
No thought about how fast my engine was going
It took care of itself

Today
My life has a manual transmission
It's hands on
I'm in tune with my vehicle
Feeling the engine
Feeling the clutch
Do I engage?
When do I brake?

Yesterday
I took the curves 
I came to the stoplight
I waited on the hill
It was all taken care of

Today
There is no rest
Every stoplight
Every curved road
I have to pay attention
Gotta keep my hand on the shifter
Foot near the brake

Yesterday
My sub conscience ran the show
An unexpected curve in my life
I responded without thinking

Today
I live in conscience choice
I choose my life
I choose what gear I am in
I respond in accordance to my desires
What I want for my life

Real Life

It requires engagement
Hands on
Movement
Choice

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I Won't Let You Go

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I will let you be
I will let you cry
I will let you hurt
But I won't let you go

I will give you space
I will give you time
I will give you silence
But I won't let you go

I will push you to tears
I will push your limits
I will push your buttons
But I won't let you go

I will fight with you
I will fight for you
I will fight against the world
But I won't let you go

Here you can explore
Here you can take risks
Here you can be yourself
Because I won't let you go

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