One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Jenny's Life List
1. obtain & maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) within the range of 20-25, which experts generally consider to be healthy.
2. Quit Smoking
3. Become a librarian
4. travel to europe
5. share good poems
6. fill a journal
7. learn about 43 major philosophers
8. have more confidence in myself
9. express gratitude
10. be proactive
13. drink 8 glasses of water a day
14. record events and concerts i attend
15. make friends
16. live in abundance
17. Create the life I want to live
18. document my life better
19. Adopt a basset hound
20. develop and implement a wellness plan
21. Step away from the computer.
22. Do the A-Z author challenge
23. be a conscious consumer
24. Make a CD of all HAPPY SONGS!
25. become a foster parent
26. find a mentor
27. add more specific short term goals to my list
28. find a workout that I love
29. Let go of the past, embrace the present, and cultivate always a cheerful attitude toward the future
31. Make a scrapbook for our 2014 Bahamas Cruise
32. Enjoy the present moment
33. know God
34. write love letters to elected officials who represent me encouraging them to make our country a better place to live for everyone
35. share resources
37. be positive
38. have a weekly date night WITH MYSELF
39. reinvent what librarian means
40. respect and love myself
41. be conscious
42. Live Inspired
How I did it: I regained a sense of humor. I learned that happiness is here with us now. It isn't something you get later when you've earned it. We must allow ourselves to be happy. Read how I did it…
How I did it: We paid the county fees and got to take him home. So far he is fitting in really well. He gets along with our basset hound Rosco. We are thinking of naming him Joey. He is such a sweet dog. Read how I did it…
How I did it: We packed our lunch along with some towels and rode our bikes down to a lake a couple of miles from our house. We laid our towels on the sand and enjoyed the view as well as our simple meal. Read how I did it…
Who am I?
I want to know . . .
Then, a knowing that is unknowable,
Speaks to me in a voice imperceptible,
And discernible only in Spirit;
It lovingly explains to me . . .
. . .That part which seeks to know,
Is part of the illusion.
The true Self knows itself,
And is beyond definition and description;
Beyond the dramas and stages of life,
Beyond the languages of limitation,
Beyond the rotations of the universes.
It dwells in the sounds of silence;
Permeated within a symphony of eternal light;
Orchestrated by love, peace, and harmony.
That is the true domain of your soul.
Saturated in the “I AM” who leads and guides you,
And forever spreads its infinite rays of love
Upon all mankind …
As awakening flowers – reaching for the light.
I would pull Diana’s lips from the sky
to kiss you, to teach you what it means.
Yours is a thread I’d gladly trust
to lead me from my Minotaur,
if only I could free you from your beast,
that bone-laced gremlin riding shotgun.
I cannot bear to ask of the transgressions
you have purged on bathroom tiles.
I am muted in your presence.
Your fingertips shock flat-lines
into Pop Rocks.
Walk with me where we can paint trees
with leaves of smoldering jam
and spread tomorrow with our favorite marmalades,
toasting one another with a split-top kiss.
We have walked our puppet lines for far too long.
Tonight is ours.
Clip your strings and dive with me
headfirst into a Willy Wonka pond
so we can breaststroke one another’s hours
candy-dipped water-winged and floating
on lemon-berry lily pads.
I can’t cuddle with regret,
but I will try
to finger paint your eye-
lids back open.
There’s a lot of life left
worthy of your image
at three in the morning.
These words are all to say what I only
have the heart to tell you
in Chaplin’s voice.
I’m no miracle.
Just a guy most days learning
what it means to be a man.
I’ll listen if you want to talk,
sit with you when silence between strangers
is silence between two strangers.
My tunnel’s burning on both ends
and I can see my closet monsters
preying beneath your skin.
I will tell you where I’ve been
from here to where you’re headed
but I can’t stitch a destination.
This life is all the quilt I’ve got,
every patch an accident.
I will get lost with you.
Together we can stumble, stark blind,
hands outstretched, grasping for a beacon
only faith knows how to find.