17 November, 2011
it is not unfamiliar, this place.
though i have grown weary of it.
noisy and sharp, inhibiting rest. ego on alert, fables and accusations running rampant.
i only want to feel at ease. elemental. not wondering if i lit the right candle, said the right prayer, or missed the portal.
it might be hormones, or darker shades of what i have always known.
(fear, unexpressed pain, hunger, loneliness, grief, anger, shame–whatever)
only now, i refuse to consider that i haven’t “worked” hard enough. or that i haven’t sat in the fire long enough. or that i am lazy, inconsistent, uncommitted, or indulgent. that i am faint of heart.
i am none of those things.
though there are plenty of arrow wounds that suggest i have believed otherwise.
this is the day that i begin to understand. that i challenge the separation that bores canyons in me.
separation from source. from love. from beauty. from you.
i think that salvation is in the letting out. the letting go. the letting in.
and the help.
(the tree, the camera, the nourishment, the time, the forgiveness, the care, the now, the us)
photo: shelter. 11.11.11. butterfly beach, santa barbara. iphone.