What We Were Made For

Here’s the truth –
We are all alone in this world
And we as humans
Strive to create connection through community
With others who are equally alone
With others who feel as deeply
The sorrow of their intimate loneliness
With others enmeshed in the conversations
Which repeat, every day, in the hollow spaces
Between the head and the heart
With others who reach for something greater,
Some higher expression of being
Which is non-manifest in the conventionality
Of our fabricated expressions of existence.
For we were made to roam
Made to suffer in the pouring rain
Made to seek shade in the heat of the day
And to seek heat around the fire at night
We were made to love deeply the rich soil
Made to sleep beneath the trees
Made to stand on the cliff in high winds
Made to be curious about the buffalo
Made to die trying in this life
To try and form a connection with the natural world
So that we can form a connection with ourselves
So that we can form a connection with others
And embrace the voice inside our heads
Telling us we are unworthy of such love in our lives.

I am the Blood Moon

This is the feeling of the blood moon
The fear that I am a sickness
Hanging fat and infertile in the night sky
A diseased and loathesome halo of light
Wasteful and disturbed, I rise higher
To cast red shadows in the valley below
Where, there, folks spill forth from their homes
To stare, slack jawed, at me –
A pregnant spider dangling from a string
A freak on display for those who haven’t yet
Paid the price for admission to this
Painful and exposed life we live.

Essence of You

Essence – this is who you are
It is the soul shining through
The spirit self, the energetic truth
This connection to the deeper currents
Where the ancients still reside


And what I am realizing
In our overlapping spheres
Is that you choose to embody essence
I feel your strength – you, you are a beacon
A light for love, for the self


In a world conditioned to
Reject those in their power
I see you stumble, rise, and move forward
As flowers sprout and turn to face the sun
From the footsteps which you’ve made.

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