My grief sobbing shall no longer drown one bird song
one child’s giggle
one exuberant hosanna
one scrubbing prairie wind howl
or one whistle of contentment.
I shall quiet myself and listen.

I shall allow my sense of entitlement to wither
starve my neediness and longing
divorce my despair
prise addictions from my body
and untangle myself from my eloquent dramas.
I shall stand in truth, protected by kindness.

I shall not drug myself stupid
comfort myself with protective fat
seek a thousand healing metaphors
stuff my shelves with poignant totems
cocoon my heart with ancient wounding.
I shall not flinch from today.

I shall peer into the future with expectation
affirm beauty’s continuing reign
acknowledge love’s reality
drink the abundant green nectar
and soak up autumn’s heart-quickening flash.
I shall continue planting and nourishing.

I shall delight in cheeky fur-covered demands
encourage uncontrollable nose-noise laughter
shiver with sudden shyness as love sparks
rhumba amidst rain-cleansed sage and chamisa
and taste the bounty, the endless bounty of this Earth.

I shall tango intoxicated with life.
I shall splash into this sensual and splendid world
swimming in the glory.
I shall become lush; I shall thrive.


4 thoughts on “Lush

  1. Thanks for the preceptive and reflective comments, K. I appreciate the encouragement of being read. Willing myself back is taking longer than imagined but these postings are exercises toward improving that pace. Practicing the scales, as a friend says. Thank you most kindly for noting and writing. JET


  2. Good words…good intent J. I particularly like the 3rd verse. Perfect. I do hope your ‘shall’ becomes a ‘will’ and you re-find your true self …as we all reach out for this. Kristine.


  3. Wonderful, strong poem, Jeanne. Every image is strong and exuberant and certainly informs us of how you see yourself moving forward. Thanks for sharing this poem, labored over with intention and love, I am sure.


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