lantern of the soul

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Tossed from my bed

by mounting dread

the insatiable To Do List!

dross grist for an unmindful mill.

I get up

exhausted still

as empty tasks masked as nightmares

have cavorted to scare,

I now sit and sip the magic steaming from this cup

that lights my memory

of possibility

asking what I will make

of this shiny new day:

slight items to check off, that simply take and take?

or, dig more deeply,

grab the choice that only I can fill completely

ignite this soul’s lantern

to join a radiant river

and help slake the incalculable thirst

of a yearning universe

Special thanks to my journeying friend at http://www.poetryoflight.wordpress.com for turning me on to this poem’s inspiration, the shining words of Clarissa Pinkola Estes in “We Were Made For These Times,” in part: “To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times….to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity….Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”

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4 Responses to lantern of the soul

  1. Lovely poem– Thank you, ST! xo

  2. j.h. white says:

    Ah Chloe….this one goes on my wall

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