Skyline

skyline

Look up at the sky

I see part of you and me 

What do you see there?

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

*sketch by Willmj

https://www.flickr.com/photos/willymj/4101238886/in/photostream/

Heart Space

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“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”

-Pema Chödrön-

Am I brave enough to face the truth about myself?! Am I brave enough to face my fears? I feel so raw…so vulnerable. But then how can I ever hope to be fearless if I don’t face my fears? I hesitate…as each day begins…when was the last time I could stand tall? Healing…I can only breathe…I feel pain, but where did it come from? Just how big is my heart anyways…

“You are the sky. Everything else…it’s just the weather.”

-Pema Chödrön-

When I breathe into my heart it grows as vast as the sky and I feel the most tremendous love. Then my mind begins the endless chatter…the white noise…the poltergeist of my ego. I am walking on a tightrope so scared of the heights…I am sky…space. Endless patience and love itself. Breathing into my heart…an expanding universe.

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”

-Pema Chödrön-

Twilight At Sea

lanterns at sea

The twilight hours, like birds, flew by
As lightly and as free,
Ten thousand stars were in the sky,
Ten thousand on the sea;
For every wave, with dimpled face,
That leaped upon the air,
Had caught a star in its embrace,
And held it trembling there.

Amelia B. Welby

*art by Diane Leonard

http://www.dianeleonard.com/content.asp?page_id=9

Another Play Into Another Day

Performed by: Emiliana Torrini

“Birds”

Lyrics:
Let’s stay awake
And listen to the dark
Before the birds
Before they all wake up

It’s the ending of a play
And soon begins another
Hear the leaves applaud the wind

uuuuuu

See the sun come rising
And white winds start to fly
Like strings of pearls
In the fiery sky

I don’t want to close my eyes
Don’t want to leave the stage now
Hear, the leaves applaud our stay

uuuuuu

Lend me your wings
And teach me how to fly
Show me when it rains
The place you go to hide

N’ the curtains draw again
N’ bow another day and
the leaves applaud the wind

uuuuuu
uuuuuu

Silver Linings

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I hear a cuckoo calling

Though the clock

Hasn’t struck the hour

Nor has the bell 

Begun to toll 

For anyone just yet.

The angel of dusk

Is gathering up

The folds of her gown

As her wings

Unfurl across the sky.

My thoughts fall down

Stumbling into words

A brisk wind

Stiffens my fingers

Around the pen

Making it difficult 

To move nimbly

Across the page.

Iron grey clouds

Billow into silver linings.

© Salem Islas-Madlo 2014

Love Isn’t Made

Performed by Jon Foreman

Lyrics:

An hour ago
I felt so low
I almost drowned
Driving around this messed up town

It’s pretty, it’s only
I felt so lonely
And I knew all night
I’d never find a face can understand how much I miss you now

And so I arrive
At the conclusion
Love isn’t made
Love doesn’t sell or pay
But we buy and sell our love away

Escaped to the water
I stare up at the stars
And moon and sky
I was lying on my back with my fingers in the sand

Alone in Miami
It sounds so funny
And yet here I am
It’s funny how life is seldom what you plan

And so I arrive
At the conclusion
Love isn’t made
Love doesn’t sell or pay
But we buy and sell our love away

Don’t let the panic bring you down
Don’t let the panic bring you down
(Don’t let it bring you down)
Don’t let the panic bring you down
Love isn’t made

(Don’t let the panic bring you down)
How could we have let this go?
(Don’t let the panic bring you down)
How could we have almost lost it all?
(Don’t let the panic bring you down)
Don’t let the panic bring you down
(Don’t let the panic bring you down)
How had we forgotten
Love isn’t made

*For you Wolf ❤

Infinite Distance Yet Side by Side

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see … Continue reading