14 Oct 2017

Asking The Earth

Call me dear Earth
To come work for you
Whisper into my ears
What I can do

Call me where
You would like me to go
Show me whatever
You would like me to know

Tell me how I
Can be your scribe
And take your message
To the rest of my tribe

I’d like everyone
To see your glory
And experience your magic
Through my poem or story

Guide my fingers
When I write something down
Gift me the words
Each verb, each noun

Guide my thoughts
Give me some clues
Show me the colours
The shades and the hues

Tell me how I
Can help ease pain
When my tribe is locked
In stress and strain

I ask cos I know
You hold the key
To the joy of living
In harmony

7 Oct 2017

Really Are You Afraid?

Really are you afraid
Afraid of being alone
Or is it actually excitement
Of being on your own

Remember how as a kid
You created fantasies
Of being a solo explorer
Of your own life mysteries

Really are you afraid
Of losing your current job
Or are you secretly excited
To leave behind that mob

Remember how as a kid
You were told to play it safe
But you were happy to roam
As a tramp and as a waif

Really are you afraid
Of anything at all
Or is it masked excitement
Of finally standing tall

5 Oct 2017

Connecting with Drops

Lying quietly on my bed
Suddenly I hear the rain
In my cells I feel her drops
Bringing me alive again

I get up to greet her now
And feast on her pearly show
Drop after drop, from the skies
Rushing to meet the earth below

I sense the rain in the air
I smell her wetting the earth
In her glee I feel happy too
Happy that I chose this birth

The rain stops, the air is still
Thunder suddenly gives a roar
I see birds rush to treetops
As if asking for an encore

It rains again, sheets of water
Forming bridges everywhere
Bridges between earth and sky
Bridges between here and there

14 Sep 2017

Die Without Dying

If you could die without dying
Would you try it
End the drama of this life
As you quietly sit

Opt out of your thoughts
Opt out of emotions
Stay with your body
And feel it’s sensations

Then feel the space
That makes up your body
Which to your eye
Appears solid and sturdy

Enter that space
And choose to be free
Expand into infinity
As the space you be

You can no longer be hurt
When you become space
Daggers will pass through
And leave no trace

You will feel no pain
When someone is mean
By offering no resistance
You remain empty and clean

When you exist as space
You have nothing to lose
You can return to solidity
Whenever you choose

If you could die without dying
Would you choose it
Pause the drama of this life
At least for a bit

6 Sep 2017

As the Earth Pulses

Nature, I don't get your logic
Not always at least
Why make a flower that wilts
Or an animal that is a beast

We make flowers that keep
We like harmless animals to pet
We like our pathways dry
Not slushy, slippery and wet

You are changing all the time
In cycles and pulsing beats
Life, death, creation, destruction
Form the basis of your tweets

But You have your own rhythm
A pulse that works for you
So maybe instead of resisting
I could adopt that pulse too

If I am part of You
Your heartbeat is also mine
Maybe I could drop logic
And just let my heart fall in line

Nature, I will not resist you
Earth, I’m a facet of you
So as you guide the flowers
Guide my life-cycle too

I will stop complaining
I will stop asking why
I am ending the futile struggle
That only leads me to cry

I’ve noted I am always happier
When the Earth and me is one
So why live in separation
Being Earth is way more fun

3 Sep 2017

Portals into the Infinite

Admire a beautiful flower
Feel it’s petal’s softness
It’s folds and dainty curves
And soak in it’s tenderness

Lie on the wet grass
Feel the life in it’s wildness
Touch it’s elegant blades
And melt into it’s gladness

Gaze into an animal’s eyes
Acknowledge what it says
Receive the gift it gives
In silent wordless ways

Look at the starry sky
Stay with the awe it brings
Hear the music of the universe
Feel the joy with which it sings

Touch the mud beneath your feet
Feel the heartbeat of the earth
Dance to the rhythm of the planet
And join in with nature’s mirth

There are so many portals here
Portals into the infinite
Portals waiting to take you
Into your own heart’s delight

31 Aug 2017

Make the Sky your Home

Fly like a bird
You have wings too
Wings that adorn you
And lift you too

Do build a nest
But don't call it home
Your home is the sky
Where you freely roam

And when you feel like
Come back to your nest
Where you have created
A safe place to rest

But don't make that nest
Your place to live
The earth has many more
Places it will give

Trees to perch on
Meadows to skip
Streams, lakes and puddles
To splash and to sip

Your wings need space
To spread out and fly
Climb out of your nest
And explore the sky

20 Aug 2017

Footprints

What if my past and my story
The thing I call my history
Is not interesting to anybody
And not useful even to me

What if the thing I call memory
Is really quite like garbage
Bits of old information
Not relevant at this stage

What if my own biography
Is just a mess of footprints
A collection of random events
That somehow left their imprints

Would I still make my story
More important than today
Would I let it imprison me
Or would I go out and play?

13 Aug 2017

Tell me Nature

Tell me blue sky
What secrets do you hold
How many mysteries
And stories untold

Tell me O mountain
What all have you seen
And while you were forming
What all have you been

Tell me dear river
What brought you alive
To make you flow magic
And help us all thrive

Tell me and take me
Into the wonder that you be
The bliss of every flower
Every leaf and every tree

8 Aug 2017

The Search for Reassurance

Have you been waiting
To be invited by someone
To let your hair loose
And have some fun

Have you been working
To earn another degree
Before you acknowledge
The genius that you be

Have you been queuing
Outside the doctor's door
So that you can connect
To your body some more

Would you be willing
To step in as the expert
And reassure yourself
Of your own sweet worth

6 Aug 2017

Creative Spark

What’s wanting to be made today
A poem, a blog or a painting
An arrangement of dainty flowers
Or a chirpy song to sing

Who’s ready to be born today
I can sense you hovering around
Riding on the wings of butterflies
That in this garden abound

Come play with me a bit closer
So I may give you form
I will empty my mind for you
And let go of structure and norm

I want you in my life
I want the lightness you bring
The spark that lights me up
When I create anything


Note abt poem: This morning I felt that familiar feeling again. The one that I think people call inspiration. I call it a little light and giddy feeling that starts making my fingers and body tingle. The feeling that ever so gently nudges me to start moving and take some action. Sometimes this feeling is very directive but at other times it is just a vague sort of, ‘hey let’s do something - with ‘doing’ usually landing up as creating something new’. So I sensed this feeling today and I stayed with it awhile - not hurrying into typing or getting a pen. I asked if it would want to be a flower arrangement - it said yes!, I asked if it wanted to be a painting - it said yes again. I asked if it would like to be a song - yes, why not. Finally though, I gave in to my laziness and asked can we get away with just a verse, - and then I started typing.

My huge learning this morning is about how many ideas are willing to take form in a multitude of different ways. Sometimes they are particular, but many other times I can choose how to express them. It is quite often my personality and inclination that comes into play in choosing the form of expression - for example my laziness in this case (because some of the other forms required set-up tasks like plucking flowers, taking out paints and then also required tidying up after ..;-). For me writing is really simple - my computer is usually open and so I mostly land up writing.

21 Jul 2017

Permission

Have you been waiting
For someone to grant
You permission to create
Whatever you want

Perhaps you are waiting
For that approval glance
Before you can allow
Yourself to dance

Perhaps you are waiting
For someone to say
Please go ahead
And be yourself today

What if instead
This very permission
Is a default given
In your life’s mission

11 Jul 2017

Purple Light of Dawn

Purple light of dawn
Come shatter my illusions
Cleanse my mind
Of all it’s pollutions

Golden rays of sunshine
Come pierce my ego
So I can see life
Not just it’s shadow

Breath of fresh air
Come flow through me
And make me like you
Fluid and free

Come mother nature
Take me on your lap
So I can play with you
And like a baby nap

2 Jul 2017

Images in Love

You see a shadow of me
Just some imprints created
On a three dimensional canvas
That is so very limited

You know a wisp of me
Based on our interaction
For what your mind grasps
Is a very tiny fraction

You touch a container of me
And we call that a caress
For your senses cannot feel
My being that is boundless

You love the image of me
That you create for yourself
As I love the image of you
I have created for myself

25 Jun 2017

Cozy Blanket

I crawl under a cozy blanket
Warm, safe and comforting
A space to unwind and unbuckle
And just let go of everything

A place devoid of voices
Even the ones in my head
So I can tune in quietly
To the rhythm of life instead

A place without judgments
By others and also by me
Where living is like breathing
Easy, natural and free

Now I stretch that blanket out
To expand this amazing space
And share the bliss with others
In small and simple ways

23 Jun 2017

Long Lists

Sometimes when I sit at my desk
And think of the things I have to do
The list goes on and on and on
And where to start I have no clue

So I decide to check emails instead
And then I go to get some tea
Read forwards that come on whatsapp
And do other things to distract me

After some time I come back to work
But I look at the list - even longer now
Wish I could just escape somewhere
And have a blank slate again somehow

But the list grows on, longer and longer
There is no way I can catch up with it
The only way that I see ahead
Is to chuck things out, and start pruning it

Why take on so many tasks
Why commit to do so many things
Why not focus on a few key projects
And relish the happiness that it brings

20 Jun 2017

Alien No More

I sit amidst people, feeling like an alien
Disconnected from everyone around
A room full of strange creatures
And voices which feel like meaningless sound

Scurrying feet are rushing by
With strained faces and hassled looks
And those who sit waiting like me
Are lost in either phones or books

And then I spot a little baby
Peeping over to catch my eye
I smile and she smiles right back
My heart bursts open - I begin to cry

Tears of joy and tears of relief 
I am not an alien and neither is she
We are all humans, but locked in shells
Waiting for smiles to set us free

15 Jun 2017

Dont Give In

Like a storm brewing beyond the horizon
That you know is making it’s way towards you
A slow storm starts brewing in the mind
And this storm is making advances too

The feelings of depression, the sudden void
Unexplainable undercurrents of wanting to cry
Relentless loops of repetitive thoughts
And ceaseless questions that end with why

I know it too well, these signs of despair
Who paint fictional images of impending gloom
But I also know this is a flavour of illusion
That tries to wrap us in hopeless doom

The trick is to sense the storm that's brewing
Even before it looms fully into view
Then gently but deftly step out of it’s way
And start asking for something new

Dont believe those messengers of gloom
They are falser than the gloom they promise
So ask for the illusion to be shattered
Ask to be reconnected with your bliss

Ask for truth, ask for clarity
Don't give up, just keep on asking
Hold on strong for the clouds will part
In sunlight, you will soon be basking

13 Jun 2017

The Puzzle of Motivation

I have magic in my fingers
I have joy in my heart
I have ideas in my head
But I don't always start

Towers I can build
Fields I can till
Mountains I can move
But only if I will

I am every woman
I am every man
Who is not creating
Even though they can

At the heart of this puzzle
Is the power of choice
We won't really sing
Till we use our voice

But to use our voice
We should want to use it
And this wanting is a fire
Which needs to be lit

But who will light it
That is the key
That is the question
That can set us free

Is it something outside
That we need to find
Or simply just a matter
Of making up our mind





9 Jun 2017

Rain - wild and free

Little drops, you come at me
Fierce drops you come at me
Pearly drops you come at me
Or am I coming in your way?

You drench me from head to toe
You make a pool of the ground below
As tiny streams and rivulets you flow
Over surfaces both high and low

Little drops, you wet us all
Fierce drops, you hit us all
Pearly drops, you adorn us all
No matter who or what we be

When you shower, you shower for free
Whoever standing below might be
You are not one to stop and see
If I am a human, a bird, or a tree

Little drops, I play with you
Fierce drops, I flee from you
Pearly drops, I admire you
And your Nature, wild and free





Lotus in a Pond

That Lotus in a Pond Analogy,
Universe show me how to Be it
Show me how to keep on living
With courage and graceful grit

Show me how I can keep my peace
When those around me lose theirs
Show me how to navigate life
Without succumbing to its cares

Show me how to look up in grace
When I am surrounded by madness
Show me how to open my heart
And let it bloom with gladness

Show me how to thrive in life
Not just merely survive and cope
Show me how to breathe out fear
And breathe in love and hope

Show me how to bloom in joy
Like the lotus continues to do
Embedded in what’s happening around
But treating each moment as new



6 Jun 2017

Earth

Earth,
You want me to write about you?
I will.

Without asking why,
Without asking for whom,
Without asking for what
I will just write.


I will write because,
Writing is how I acknowledge
Writing is how I savour
Writing is how I worship
And I want to do all three to you.

I want to describe as I can
The splendour of your mountains
The freshness of your streams
The colours of your flowers

I want to express as I can
The textures of your soil
The spaciousness of your sky
The caressing of your breeze

Words might not be enough
But still I will try
To translate your primal language of life
Into my linear language of words
Your changing dynamic dance
Into my static expression of verse

Earth,
I will write about You
Because I adore You
Writing is my way to adore you more
My words are my beads of offering
Strung together as reverence to You

9 May 2017

I See You

I See You
I see your jagged edges
I see your snowy coldness
I see your sublime beauty
I see you Mountain
And I receive the gift you are

I See You
I see your sharp teeth
I see the dirt on your fur
I see your soulful eyes
I see you dear doggy
And I receive the gift you are

I See You
I see your human needs
I see your human fears
I see your tender caring
I see you my friend
And I receive the gift you are

7 May 2017

I Dream...


I Dream...

I dream of a planet where nature is respected
Not because she is endangered
Not because she is useful
But because she IS

I dream of a planet where animals are cherished
Not because they are helpless
Not because they are cute
But because they ARE

I dream of a planet where people are kind
Not because of the law
Not because of social pressure
But because they truly CARE

I dream of a planet where we are fearless
Not because we are protected
Not because we have security
But because our hearts are BRAVE

I dream of a planet where everyone is free
And minds do not become prisons
Or social bonds turn captive
Because freedom is what we BE

29 Apr 2017

Life - Rain Inspired

Life,

I see your tenderness in the creepers
I see your beauty in the flowers
I see your magic in the raindrops
I see you reflected in me

I feel your freshness in the grass
I feel your play in the wind
I feel your power in the storm
I feel you flow through me

I know your joy in my heart
I know your rhythm in my veins
I know your essence in my soul
And I know that you are me




23 Jan 2017

Crying

Yes I am crying today
I am crying and I am alone
But guess what, I am not afraid
And I am not feeling lost or forlon

Feels a bit similar to my past
Days when I would cry like this
But then I was scared and confused
Not understanding what it is

Now I am crying but it is different
I sense a space between my emotion and me
And even as the tears are flowing
There is a lightness that I be

There is a knowing that this will pass
There is a knowing it is not true
There is the courage to embrace myself
Even when I am feeling blue

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