Opening up

by lulujane on September 9, 2012

DSC_0118aI’m thinking it’s odd that I wrote this piece a few years ago, and revised it in March 9, 2006.  I’m still here, still uneasy about times when things stay the same.


Some people are afraid
of change.
of staying the same.

Life is fleeting
an adventure
in constant flow.

When things are stagnant
for long periods
Ho hum, hum drum.

Feeling uneasy
in armchair of familarity.
Should be doing something.
Drudgery of sluggish routine
suffocates motivation and
spontaneous creativity.

Filling time
with pleasurable pursuits
that speak and are heard
intuitive whispers
that alert and guide.

Focus elusive.
Easily distracted
by eager eye taking in,
Magnetic energy attracting
Whirling sights and sounds

On precipice of risk
testing self
Urged to explore
each new place
where freedom allows
Detaching from outcome

Sampling and savouring
sweet morsels
manifesting feasts
creating rich reality
in delectable smorgasbord
called `Life`.

Stepping out
daring and fearless
saying “why not?”
keeping energy fluid
merging into rivers
inspired to navigate.

Feeling brave.
Opening up
excavating hidden talents
discoveries matching desires.

Meeting people
unknown before
in new ventures.
Heart sees.
Beauty and vulnerability
strength and courage

to stay
with one thing
as principal focus.

Difficult to figure…
or fear
that following it further
might bring elevation
to level of skill
where more
is demanded.

Gentle with innocent
Accomplishment pleases
Not shackled
by traps of youth
when perfection
determined value.

Favour of others
It does not
self perception.

if there is
doubt of not measuring
high enough
on yardstick
of self determined
ruler of success.

Likely closer
to hunger of what urges
is grace of insatiable appetite
to learn anew,
to bathe in the freshness
of each new day
to peek nose into space
where shaft of light
reveals itself at doorway`s edge
Nudging it open
To take rightful place.

As a child
judged as nosy
“You just don`t want to miss out on anything do you?”
Statement right
Judgment wrong.
Truth is
blessed with awareness
and curiosity
of a puzzled child
wanting to know more,
longing to understand.

from the banquet
where inner promptings
direct to new menus
unfamiliar, tempting main courses
and desserts
delighting in surprises,
gliding gracefully along
the buffet line.

Wafting like a breeze
on zephyrs of change
Big toe in water
feeling, testing
engaging to level
where thermostat
of comfort zones
registers interest and pleasure

Relishing excitement and lightness
Engaging loops and levels
on landscapes of life,
acknowledging presence of butterflies
spreading translucent wings
and moving
ever forward.

the coziness of familiarity,
rubbing against it
like a child
feeling warm and safe
snuggled close to mother
in church pew,
nuzzling face
into warmth and smoothness
of texture and smells
of old, worn muskrat fur coat.

Passion vibrates
heart sings
expressing photographic gift
by eye
and heart enveloping beauty
seen and sensed,
Unceasingly seduced
to look beyond
surface seen.

in a shining light
of beauty pool
where sacred subjects
reveal reflections
of souls
….And time stops.

and student
in game of life
observing ….. shifting…… like seasons
jumping in…. surrendering.

merged with the stream
and growing into awareness
of the glory

Linda Iler
March 2006

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

dianne 09.11.12 at 5:52 pm

What a vivid variety of ways to imagine trying something new and becoming familiar with those ventures. I love this 🙂
I see a cycle that one may fall into if a loss of interest happens. Very inspiring to keep life fresh and exciting. Thank you for sharing this poem with the world!

Brenda deBlauw 09.11.12 at 6:35 pm

Linda, I am so in awe of this poem you’ve put your heart and soul into; I’ve read and re-read it a few times, and can visualize/understand what you are writing/thinking. The muskrat coat brought back memories for me. You are very, very creative; my congratulations to you with this poem.
Love, Brenda

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