[This poem is taken from my book of nature poems.]
There’s a cave
Looking out at the ocean
It’s cool and dark
But sunlight pours into its mouth
Waves crash against the rocks
And the air smells like salt
As spiders spin webs
Between rows of stalactites.
There are secrets here
Drawings on walls
Of lovers’ hands
And an abandoned compass
With a broken needle.
And yet the cave feels
Like the ocean keeps all the memories
Hidden in its depths
Always making space
For a new heartbeat to come along
Disrupting the silence
Just by listening.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day 💗 Always nice to remember leaders in this country who have made a genuine difference in people’s lives. I’ll always admire the way he used peaceful protest to fight for racial equality and social justice. He would be 88 years old today if his life hadn’t been cut short. I’m forever grateful for the legacy he left behind. The time around his birthday became a holiday in the 1980s, but wasn’t observed by all 50 states until the year 2000. I’m glad he remains an important and visible part of our history 💗💗💗💗
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” -MLK Jr.
You don’t need permission to be free
You can move mountains and inspire symphonies
Let go of the things you can’t control
The seeds you plant will blossom in their own time.
You belong here. You matter. You have gifts, abilities, and so much potential to share with the world. It can be easy to compare yourself to the person next to you, to feel like you’re somehow falling behind, whether it’s in your career, your relationships, or your experiences. But this journey is yours, this path is yours alone, and no one can live your life or make your choices for you. You have so much more freedom than you realize. Stay strong. Live the life that you want to live. Be yourself fearlessly. Be bold, daring, and loud in whatever your heart’s language is. Maybe it’s through words, maybe it’s through art, maybe it’s through acts of kindness. Be loud. But also listen to the Universe that cares about you, that loves you, that supports you. Have trust. Take chances. This is your one life. Don’t pursue a happiness that only exists in the future. Choose a path that will bring you happiness, a path that will help you fall in love with the journey. Each and every day fall deeply in love with yourself. You are a miracle. You are once in a lifetime. Live your truth and be free.
Love is all around you
It’s in the sky and the trees
The wind and the rain
It’s in music and lullabies
And daydreams. It’s in every
Act of kindness and in every
Act of self-care. There to give
You freedom, purpose, and peace.
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
I wish I were a manatee
I wish I could escape into the ocean blue
And make it my home
For a night or two
I wish I could dance along the coral reef
And hear the humpbacks sing
And swim among the jellyfish
To see the grace they bring.
I’ve listened to the 1989 album so many times, but I’m still pretty obsessed with this song. ❤