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Winter Solstice Prayer

Full Moon

Perhaps you can tell me
should you know
what is it
to listen to one’s soul

To become still enough
quiet enough inside
like finding yourself on brittle January full moon night
standing amidst ancient forest beings tall and deep in presence
carrying a lineage of eons beyond naming
embodying and signifying the gathered wisdom of the Tree of Life

Forest Mist

Within you sense and feel into the forbidden wilds—
the eternal serpent born yet again
and in the loins of your chest there is
a primal drumming in the rhythms of your heart—
inviting your recognition of the familiarity and source
of its aching to be seen and felt and and heard

Calling you home

This need to be touched and held…
what is it to discover
this hunger for belonging and companionship
can never be deeply filled or met
until one sits nakedly stripped
gazing into the mirror of Life’s Fire
and offers on the alter of wholeness
this precious fuel of one’s most vulnerable self

of ego, body and mind, spirit and soul and shadow too—
at last with love and compassion and kindness
forgiving the losses of what might have been
but is not
and the door of your secret longings opening at last
upon what is
with eyes of surprise and wonder and gratitude
for this flame of Life called you

Snow Heart

2 Comments

  1. Robin Easton

    12/18/2018 at 10:36 am

    Dear Larry, I’ve been back at least 4 times to read and reread this incredibly deep and beautiful poem. But it is more than just a beautiful poem, as I read it again tonight (or early, early dawn) I finally realized that it is an ‘Experience’ or a living, feeling meditation. It reflects your own Wild Intelligence, your own ability to ‘merge with’ your world, particularly your deeply intimate and passionate love affair with the still wild world. You hear it and speak and feel in turn to it.
    I am always so moved and reassured by how open and emotional you are. It is truly a rare and magnificent quality about your, especially you.
    These lines just rip my heart wide open:
    “This need to be touched and held…
    what is it to discover
    this hunger for belonging and companionship
    can never be deeply filled or met
    until one sits nakedly stripped
    gazing into the mirror of Life’s Fire
    and offers on the alter of wholeness
    this precious fuel of one’s most vulnerable self”
    Wow!! THAT exactly describes YOU and what you have done in this life. And that very beautiful, refined quality about you, that way of life for you, shows up in everything you write. But, it is more than that. It shows up in all of your deeply kind and loving interactions with all those around you. You live it. I see it in your comments to me and others. I ALWAYS hunger to read all that you share (whether with me or another), as I go away feeling healed, seen, and more real. I see a reflection of myself, another willing to be vulnerable and sensitive and REAL. I’ve tears writing that and that is good thing. You are so seen and cherished. Much love and so much gratitude for choosing to walk such a beautiful path, dear friend.

  2. Larry Glover

    01/05/2019 at 6:16 pm

    Gosh Robin, Thank you for this touching acknowledgement. I feel so seen by you… and I’ve seen enough of you to know I believe there is nothing you could say of me that I would not see in and affirm as your being and nature too. And this, indeed, feels to be exactly what it is that is moving in me:
    “…until one sits nakedly stripped
    gazing into the mirror of Life’s Fire
    and offers on the alter of wholeness
    this precious fuel of one’s most vulnerable self”
    I just bow to you in humbleness and gratitude for the vision and insight and presence and beauty you exude. Please know words are simply incapable of expressing how deeply I value you.

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