What if I just let my fingers do the walking? What if I just open my mouth and see what pours out? Let’s give it a try …
The unfolding of layers of wonder
Absent from the swirl of damnation
Flowing over the world, picking up compatriots along the way
A firmness, a resoluteness, in the face of smallness
The unknown beckoning me, welcoming me, to the mist beyond today
No opinions of “I’m right and you’re wrong”, no comparison, no big deal
Being buffeted, gently thrown to the left and right, and accepting it all
A slowing inside, a softening of the face, a descending to the earth
The colours blend so beautifully – no sharp lines as blue becomes turquoise and turquoise becomes green. There is an artist here with pastels and a soft cloth for rubbing.
The rabbit just stares at me, he with his wrinkly nose. “Who are you, Bruce?”
The fire consumes … but then again maybe not. Does the eternal flame reside within?
The books pile high, with much to say. Perhaps I will strike a match and be warmed.
I move my index finger just a bit and the world turns in response.
There is much to be done in having us come together. How shall I give?
Ahh … it is such a river. The rocks have no chance. The surge is inevitable.
Someone is calling the threads of the shirt to loosen, the skin to part, the bones to make way. A heart is coming out.
Wandering seems like a good idea. Wobbling and stumbling are just fine. And there is a direction which my human eyes can’t fully see.
The skin is torn open. The blood flows. Friends hold the ice to my head and bandage the wound. It’s what the world needs.
I see the pulsing of the vein in my wrist. There’s life here.
Giving is the answer. Not exchanging. Not being owed. The freedom of wanting nothing in return. Not even love.
I look up at the windows of the homes passing by. Some dark, some light. What are those lives like up there? Do they have the same joys and sorrows as me? Yes, they do.
The grains of sand flow through my fingers. There is no stopping them. They are falling to where they need to be.
How can a cello be so mellow? How can those deep tones vibrate so profoundly through my bones and muscles? Something is calling me.
It’s dark now. Merely the silhouette of the little tree out back. It’s time for all of us to rest awhile. Still. Silent.
There are spaces here – within my body, between you and me, among the hours and minutes. It’s a joining, not a distance. And so I smile.
The moment of the peacock spreading her feathers, of the flamingo taking a step with his backwards knees, of the raised eyebrows
What if I just fell apart – not in mental illness but in disappearance? What if no solid Bruce remained, but if instead some sweet energy disguised in a body touched here and there?
It’s the eyes. They hold the most beauty. No matter whether the skin around them is smooth or baggy. Look inside.
We need hugs. Not the crushing ones, not the backslapping ones, just the gentle holding that stays, a sublime pressing that loves.
I wonder if you see me or if I’m merely a thing to your gaze. Please don’t make me a means to an end. Please see the light that’s shining. And may I always see yours.
What’s possible is so much more lovely than what’s probable. What if the future could be so radically different from what’s past? What if I can’t use any of my experiences to guess what’s next? What if “not knowing” is the ultimate adventure?
Hmm. I’m done. The words came.