Poem A Day: Day 13

“13 Things I love about you”
(a poem dedicated to my daughter)

I love the way you wrinkle your nose.
I love the way you shrug your shoulders, when I am too silly.
I love the way you laugh.
I love the way you ask for cuddles, before I tuck you and kiss you goodnight.
I love how creative you are, when we play games with our imagination.
I love how you jump out of bed full of energy, and that you wait for me to have my first cup of coffee.
I love how you dance.
I love that you love to sing.
I love that you love the environment.
I love, when you get excited about the rain.
I love, when you get excited about the ocean.
I love that you ask me to read to you.
I love you being you.

Poem: Waterfall

(Waterfall in Shenandoah National Forest, picture taken by me)

words cascade down on me like water from a waterfall
they pound down on me fast and hard,
washing away all the tension held in my body.

words with depth and weight like a mountain stream is cold,
the life giving waters wakes me into life
and heals my aching heart.

* We all need words of hope right now, but sometimes the sounds of nature say more than my words ever can. i found this hike to the waterfall renewing. i walked into the falls and laid my body against the mossy walls, and the water cascade over my body.

Poem a Day Challenge: Day 9

some days I long for endless sleep
life feels like a dream I cannot awake from
most days it is pleasant, but some days a nightmare

reality feels more like a dream than when i am asleep
when world events feel surreal
and i just want check out

but instead of running away or going into deep sleep
i awaken my heart through compassion
i keep return to my meditation
and go within to the seat of my heart
so i may awaken the boddhisattva within me