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Truth Speaking Softly

By Joanne Hunt

The soft curve
of the day
meets me and
invites discovery
Gently I awaken
to wonderment
with eyes
clouded over
by too much pain
or too much
looking for pain

It is so familiar,
this search for intensity,
this search for words
to somehow express
the all of what I see
the all of what I sense
the all of what
is known
by me, by you
If we are somehow
still enough,
the truth approaches
cautiously
Are you ready for me?
   it asks
Are you really ready
to see the life that you
are called to?
Are you truly ready
for this day?

I am knowing this
time is near
I am sensing
I have run out of excuses
for the dawdling
around the truth
as it approaches me,
gently this time,
for the fire has done
her work
and in soft approach,
I am undefended
I lean into the truth
and hope it holds me
I lean into my life
and know
the structures are leaning too,
threatening collapse
Crumble, I say,
you obstruct the view
and there is rising possible

The rumble I think
I hear
is the earthquake in my soul
measuring off
Richter scales,
I am shattered
and freed in a single
sweeping stroke
clean,
clear,
decisive
red on black
I am slayed
by words of my own origin
Common pool as source
Resting in the vastness,
I am held
in emptiness
a deep intake of air,
my fate is sealed

Not entombed
Not enclosed
but the space of no-choice
leaves me shaking
in the silence
of my wildness

Words pour out
from cooler waters
from peaceful shores
I have sat beside
Still, I languish there
knowing the fire
and still waters
are doing
what they do
Called by a silent voice
loudly heard
across vast canyons
Here, I am sitting here
The coyote,
nose twitching,
sniffs this
emergent breeze.

© Joanne Hunt

 
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