A Time to Lie Fallow

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Fallow fields

Lie empty

Under an enormous sky

Feelings roll

Like crashing waves

Stabbing my breath 

With the pain

Of insignificance

Fallow fields 

Lie empty

Under a generous sky

Stepping out 

Of my heart

To go walking

Over the hills

Inquest of the Truth

For the secret

Of fallow fields

Is Fertility.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

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“You’re going to pass something down no matter what you do or if you do nothing. Even if you let yourself go fallow. The weeds will grow and the brambles. Something will grow.” ~ John Steinbeck

“None of us can maintain the fertility of our beings without renewal.” ~Deng Ming-Dao

 

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Stay the Course

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From its lofty position above the tops of most other trees, the pine reminded ancient peoples of the importance of taking the overview, encouraging objectivity and farsightedness. We are advised to cleanse ourselves of negativity, neither dwelling on mistakes nor apportioning blame. Pine is a symbol of the elevated mind and the birth of the spiritual warrior.   ~Jane Gifford, The Wisdom of Trees

In hushed tones

She whispers,

The Goddess

Of the forest,

‘Stay the course,

It is time

To be

Your own

Master

Amidst the chaos

Cleansing

Your soul

In the

Great stillness

Of

Winter

Solstice

Resting in

The sacred

Heartbeat

Of the forest

Embracing

The healing presence

Of inner light

And

Peace.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

*this post was inspired by the following documentary:

https://www.facebook.com/forestethics/videos/10153503154834221/?theater