Solstice

Solstice.

Uprooted.

(Again).

This time, upheaval,
little earthquakes

Hearts on the line.

Downrooted.

Searching

Root down

Find a branch and hang on,

Then another.

Growth can be gnarly
ugly
throbbing.

Aching hearts

Roots down,
uprooted.

Seasons change
Winter turns to spring
(Thank God)

Transition

Wafts through the air
so thick I can’t see

One heavy foot marches
in front of the other

In the tunnel
treading water
until we can breathe again

“Just keep swimming”

We fall,
scar our knees

Brush off and trudge on

Our bodies erupt in strange ways

Spring wounds are tender, oozing, inflamed
raw to the touch

Third eye pulses with hot lava,
recalibrating

I want to stay in bed a while,
forgotten how to rest.

All I ask is to hang on,

a little bit longer

Wait for the truth to settle

To wash over my naked soul
bathed in this cold ocean

Blossoms lie, waiting in the dirt

Cells turnover

Hold on.

Seasons change

Solstice emerges
First a crack, too bright
garish

And then
Blessed light comes

more softly now
it spreads without looking

Things are different out here.

Don’t fear little one

Far away, dry

Vast

Root down.

In the desert I will
find the green

Before a mirage
Hazy,

now a clearing

The longest day on the spinning planet

Relieved to be closer
to the ball of fire in the sky

Face in the sun,
I am shielded from the shadows.

Work
with the struggle
accept what is

League of her own

He caught a
big fish, he said
too slippery, just out of grasp

Love big
or go home
right?

Forge your path
bushwhack as
you must

Tears dry on their own
she croons

Throw yourself into something,
anything

Time is a healer

The panacea of
platitudes

Listen.
Ear to ground.

Bit by agonizing bit, the road clears
One layer of fog
at a time

2.0 Uprising

So much gratitude
to the earth for letting me learn to radiate

For what got me here
And what will get me
there.

For giving me a strong sturdy ground
to jump from

Peace arrives
on a warm breeze...


And I inhale.


~ V.A.S., 2018

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