Notes of Empathy’s Daydreams

ancient ache

opening up to empty itself

pain not of myself

but myself is every soul

it looses the fetters

allowing empathy

to see all the stories within 

come again and again

the lion’s storm of stars

flooding the love through veins

purging the melancholy tears

revisited tales

renew arching hearts

reaching to each other

complete

replete

new songs to sing

to reawaken the dreamer

calling them forth

to walk the paths laid by sleep

into the passing futures

Barkskin

spreading tendrils

of darkling kindness

digging into depths

roots seeking the waters

deep below the surfaces

 

breathing up

a trunk strong and soft

bending with the winds

absorbing love

pushing out farther than imagined

 

graces touch the sky

tickling the stars

with simple joy

soaking in the light of millions

stardust and mercury edges

 

a moment of wholeness

transient

precious beyond measure

floating into a mobile solidness

burgeoning

 

into, out of, up down, round and round

new knowledge inhabits old mind

Maid, Matron, Crone

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GISHWHES (the Greatest Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen) is a huge, international scavenger hunt that promotes silliness, random acts of kindness and charity. I participated for the first time this year. I was amazing! It was exhausting and liberating and hilarious. This picture was one of the items we had to acquire. A multi-generational, gender-swapped Sears-style family photo.
My mom and my daughter were, of course, both just as thrilled to do this as I was. These are my favorite photos I have ever taken with my family (which is saying something!). I hope this makes you smile as much as it does us.

The world is full of really difficult things right now. I am not capable to truly and deeply understanding how it feels to be in an epidemic or in a neighborhood where children get shot or existing as a refugee. My life has simply not had these experiences. I do know what it is like to be poor, to see abuse of people that don’t deserve it, to watch health be eaten away by disease, to be suicidal and depressed. It is as close as I can get to true empathy.
I want to ease pain, to actively help the people and the world. The best I can do right now is to be kind, to share smiles, share of myself with others. This is the change I want to see in the world. I know that when I am hurting, something like this helps me. So please, enjoy and then spread your joy around for me.

Merry Monday!

~Harmony

The Quest Resumes

recognition of choice
placed by the fates
arrayed in such abundance
splayed across galaxies

time to take up the bag
lift from the ground
head again to the temple
all the body mind

memory pulls at hands
self unbinds haunches
light spills out joy
darkness soothes hungers

up the mountain
down the trail
through the winding ways
guided by hearthome