THE BARE BRANCHES

 

 

From the first ecstatic moment,
from the first budding of new growth
I knew, this was really going to be something!

 

I did my best to pay attention –
didn’t want to miss a single unfolding –
but it got away from me quickly.
Storms and rain seized my focus,
and overfed my ever-persistent fears.
Fog obscured my true thoughts,
and replaced them with inane ‘shoulds’.

 

My true nature was roughly bound in misgivings
that hung around me like shackles of iron.
For years my soul stumbled through fog,
not knowing where I was going
or what would become of me.

 

One particular day – perhaps it was a new warmth –
the dark mist began to clear a little,
and I realized that the growth
had continued without my conscious awareness.
It had to be that way.
We grow, or we die.

 

Now I stand in awe and wonder.
How could the world be so beautiful?
How could there be so much joy?
How could life have become so rich, so very deep?
I never saw it before, but I see it now,
with a sense of precious tenderness and gratitude.
The multi-colored foliage of my life shines and pulses,
dancing with the breeze;
a vision of loveliness and perfection
that I never would have imagined possible.

 

And to think,
it all began with nothing –
just bare branches!

 

© Marina Phillips - February 2010

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Mark Christopher on February 18, 2010 at 12:33pm
your writing here has a great deal of meaning to me in it as I have only started to awaken myself, some of its scary but great still for all the wonders I have hid from before are so beautful an to miss the forever would be ashame. Yes I think we all start bare lol an sometimes we have to bare it all to see it thank you for sharing
Comment by Eli on February 11, 2010 at 4:57pm
This is so Beautiful Marina. Thank you.

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