Wednesday, February 6, 2008

SELFPORTRAIT.JPG


SELFPORTRAIT.JPG, originally uploaded by boxersiciliano.

Get up from your bed,
go out from your house,
follow the path you know so well,
so well that you now see nothing
and hear nothing
unless something can cry loudly to you,
and for you it seems
even louder than yours
and in your own darkness
cries have gone unheard
as long as you can remember.

These are hard paths we tread
but they are green
and lined with leaf mould
and we must love thier contours
as we love the body branching
with its veins and tunnels of dark earth.

I know that sometimes your body is hard like a stone
on a path that storms break over,
embedded deeply
into that something that you think is you.
and you will not move
while the voice all around
tears the air
and fills the sky with jagged light.

But sometimes unawares
those sounds seem to descend
as if kneeling down into you
and you listen strangely caught
as the terrible voice moving closer
halts,
and in the silence
now arriving
whispers

Get up, I depend
on you utterly.
Everything you need you had
the moment before
you were born.

-unknown

4 comments:

Vintagedivva said...

We did it again and zoned into the same mindspace and wrote about something similar in our blogs again today.....fun times!

Hope you are feeling good & that your knee is healing up nicely! You look intense in that photo by the way!

Looking good Meatball!

xo
~nik

amanda said...

I have read the poem you posted over and over and each time it becomes more powerful-more revelent to my own life -my own pain-my own inner voice. My mother always askes me -"do you know who you are?" There was a time when I said No...the voice inside was still- wouldn't stir even a bit...time has past and with it that quiet voice-that scared voice-timid and afraid of what was to come-has bellowed out at me...it repeats with a force so strong..."Do you knoew who you are?" I can now answer -without hesitation- I do...You never loose who you once were- that person just evolves - like a butterfly-beautiful and free- not held back but able to soar.

The photo you posted is stunning-I have no other words...
Amanda

Ms. Conley said...

Beautiful....

Swirly said...

This is so powerful and moving and TRUE. Thank you for sharing this. xoxo