Even in the Rain

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What words would express my heart?

At the moment it rains horizontally

I am ok with that…I am ok

I smile to myself and remember

To keep my sense of humor

Tucked up under my arm

For when I need it

A friend reminds me

To raise my arms up

Every once in a while

So it doesn’t get choked

To death…

Today, I am raising my arms

My heart is laughing

Even in the rain

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

* photo found on

http://bite-your-lip-n-fake-a-smile.tumblr.com/post/63539340731

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Recognizing the Need for Surrender

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*photo by Mikael Sundberg

“There are times when we must accept and surrender, or our struggle consumes us. If something should be changed and you have the power to change it, go ahead. But learn to recognize the situations that cannot be changed. They are the times when we feel as if we are bailing against the tide, when we struggle and are afraid.

  • If you don’t feel at peace, it’s time to surrender.
  • If life doesn’t flow, it’s time to surrender.
  • If you feel that you’re responsible for everything , it’s time to surrender.

And when you opt for change, think carefully about exactly what needs to be different, and why. Letting things be instead of constantly struggling to make them happen is a wonderful gift we give to ourselves. If we look back on life, we will see that some of our best moments and greatest opportunities did not come out of the struggle to set things right. They seem like lucky coincidences, as if they occurred because we were in the right places at the right times. That is how surrender works, and that is how life works: subtly. So many people who want to change what they are come to the realization that a shoemaker makes shoes, remembering that we can bring incredible style, creativity, and worth to the way we make shoes, instead of trying to do something else.”

-David Kessler-

Stealing Kisses

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The sun thought

I wasn’t looking 

When he kissed the earth

But I saw

The soft light 

Between his lips

As he delicately

Brushed through

Her grassy meadows.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

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The Moon and Me

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I met the moon

At early morning

Looking up high

Through bare branches

Of a tree

He whispered

In a cold, frosty wind

Of his love for me.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

Weight or Lightness?

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There is a heaviness bearing down

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Upon the tracks of my life

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Making it harder to travel by day © Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

“The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground…The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?” ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Storm a-Brewin’

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Dark, ominous clouds

Gather looming high and low

On a restless sea

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*photo by Alberto Mateo

Breaking the Rules

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“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” ―Katharine Hepburn

“If you do not see light at the end of the tunnel, consider it an opportunity to create an opening yourself,wherever you want.” ― Ashok Kallarakkal

“Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zones. We have to break the rules. And we have to discover the sensuality of fear. We need to face it, challenge it, dance with it.” ― Kyra Davis

*photo via  http://theclassychoice.tumblr.com/post/6533113941 photographer unknown