The Dark Side of the Moon

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There is no one

To love me

But myself

Dark side

Of the moon

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2017

*photo by Beth Kirkhart, to see more of her work visit her on Twitter at @GilennLinn

Sometimes we come to a place in our lives and realize that something is dying. We might not always understand it especially when it happens within the deeper parts of ourselves.  I have recently been thankful for such an experience despite the pain that has risen to the surface. I have learned that I can embrace death and be glad for its coming. I have been on an unannounced hiatus from writing on this blog since the beginning of the year and I thank the patience of my readers. But it wasn’t until I stumbled upon the simple beauty of Beth’s photo that I found something in it calling to me…cracking me open to write again.

Beth Kirkhart provided me with some interesting history of her photo that she took in Santa Ana Refuge in Southern Texas. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, in addition; to many birds, it is also provides shelter to ocelots, jaguarundi, jaguar, and mountain lions. The refuge is right on the border between Mexico and the US, where Trump wants to build his wall. However, such a wall would surely disrupt the wildlife there.

While Beth was watching the wind blow the grasses and framing the moon, she heard a woman hush a child: a family group who had just crossed the river were hiding in a thorn bush thicket, waiting for her to finish her photo so they could be on their way by night.

Such is the wind at dusk there.

As a Mexican-American, when Beth shared this story with me I could only imagine how that mother must have been feeling. It reminded me of things I missed out on as a small child when my own mother wasn’t present in my life….like being in the shelter and sanctuary of loving arms. So many times we humans can put up walls…walls that disrupt the flow of life. Walls that may shut life out. So then we are faced with a sort of Life-Death-Life cycle. Clarissa Pinkola Estés wrote, “Sometimes the one who is running from the Life/Death/Life nature insists on thinking of love as a boon only. Yet love in its fullest form is a series of deaths and rebirths. We let go of one phase, one aspect of love, and enter another. Passion dies and is brought back. Pain is chased away and surfaces another time. To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.” So perhaps we can still find love on the dark side of the moon.

Odd Collection of Haiku

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Clouds in sky and sea
A hush of clear reflection
Fishermen with nets

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

*photo by Chian Tsun-Hsiung, Chian Tsun-Hsiung

rainbow dreams

Out of the blue, tears
Sliding down a rainbow arch
Umbrella daydreams

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

*photo found on pinterest, Reflections

moon shivers

Falling shadows break
A light path of moon shivers
At the water’s edge

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

*photo found on tumblr, Moon Shivers

Heart Breathing

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         Illustration by Cinzia Bardelli

 

Heart flutterings

Of butterfly girl

Old soul eyes

As big as

The moon

A spirit

Dancing tenderly

With the Earth

To music

Born

From silence

An inner laughter

 Of firefly stars

Breathing

In rivers

and

Breathing

Out oceans

She lives

In the

Gift of

 Presence.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

*more art of Cinzia Bardelli can be found at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ufficiosognismarriti

Secret Places of the Heart

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In the quiet 

I stand

Open,

Allowing 

New moon

Currents

To take

Me 

To a new

Place

Facing the 

Shadows

With 

Gentleness, 

Patience,

And 

Understanding

Trusting the flow

Of Transformative

And Healing 

Energy

Shifting life from 

The inside out

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

* photo found on http://www.verycoolphotoblog.com/2013/06/22/24179/

 

Abiding

 

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New moon

Curling in

To inner knowing

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2016

“First *NEW MOON* of 2016 is in Earthy Capricorn. She’s calling us to reach for our dreams and ground them into the physical plane, but reminds us that we must first embody our knowing. For that is where our truth and nectar lies.

“The wisdom, the insights, and the understanding we receive are to be embodied within each one of us. While many are eager to share and teach what they learn as soon as they receive it, that is not what is being called of us. We are to live with and practice what we are learning and that should be our central focus, our locus of devotion.

For as we know, it’s not about trying to change the world “out there” but about turning the focus within, grounding our roots into Mamma Earth and humbling ourselves to the greater journey of Creation, which is all about growth.

So on this NEW MOON in Capricorn, it’s time to deepen our roots and abide with all that is circling in our present Reality.

Like the goat, we can climb the mountain toward our dreams, slow and steady, remembering to take good care of ourselves along the way, while taking the time to enjoy the view.”

~Mystic Mama

http://www.mysticmamma.com/new-moon-in-capricorn-january-9th-2016/

Seeking Validation

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Breathing my heart open

Where the sun rises and sets

And the moon cradles my true nature

In that cherished place of inner stillness

Resting in sacred silence

I AM that I AM

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2015

*inspired by Rebecca Holt

@wordsthatbreathe on instagram

and https://www.facebook.com/wordsthatbreathe

Gliding on Moonlight

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A luminous sphere

Glides through the depths of darkness

Is that you, my Soul?

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014