Cave

[This poem is taken from my book of nature poems.] 

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There’s a cave

Looking out at the ocean

It’s cool and dark

But sunlight pours into its mouth

Like honey.

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

Completely unexplored

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.

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Happy MLK Jr. Day

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.

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You Matter

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.