Thursday, February 25, 2016

Athena

Athena--Mama said
not to go out in the
garden
barefoot
after it rains.

Ignore her. Do 
it anyway.
You are a Goddess--

the Earth moves at
your whim,
between
your toes.

Athena--every foot-
print you ever make
will be
erased
eventually.

Never mind that.
Never mind Mama.
Go change
the world

by walking barefoot
in the mud, by
picking a 
flower, by
being you, right now, in the world as it is.
_____

for Hannah's "footprints" challenge. I hope it's adequate; I don't feel much like writing.

 
 

 

21 comments:

Cloudia said...

This is brilliant in it's simplicity, with self-evident rhythm, and ageless messages well conveyed. I write some poetry. YOU are an unrecognized great poet.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful...

Blogoratti said...

So refreshing and a delight to read.

Lynn said...

Lovely, my friend.

hedgewitch said...

In the world as it is, changed by the smallest footstep. This reminds me of the gold circle pins we wore in high school--so simple, so complete.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is beautiful, my friend. That is our challenge......to be us, and all right, in the world, right now, as it is. Sigh. And we want the path to be wondrous for those baby girls just starting out.

Sioux said...

Your definition of "adequate" is another person's soaring writing.

grapeling said...

it's beautiful, Shay ~

Shadow said...

That's right, don't listen, don't be limited by another person's limitations!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is very sound advice, Shay. Sometimes it is necessary to throw caution to the wind and just go where the heart leads.

angieinspired said...

Vulnerable & virtuous...just like Hemingway's words you subscribe to in your sidebar.

Hannah said...

What captures me is the necessity of true connection with Gaia and the most straight forward solution is bare foot on bare earth...it's proven medicine. Thank you, so much Shay, for sharing.

Mama Zen said...

For every girl. I love this.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

Be free and make footprints everywhere! Although not permanent they point the way to experience.

Gillena Cox said...

You reawakened the child in me with this one

Have a nice weekend

Much love...

Helen said...

The world as it is can be a mighty scary place ~~ having said that, I feel like slipping out of my shoes, dancing in the mud!

brudberg said...

I think starting making your footprint early is a sound way of being yourself... The sharp rocks cust the cautionous foot deepest.

Margaret said...

the image of toes in the mud, of our imprint not lasting forever... of picking a flower. Everything is gentle and soft - yet daring us to make a difference - even it it will never be noticed by everyone - someone or something will be effected (affected?) . Beautiful.

Tabitha Bird said...

I'm walking right along with her! Beautiful images :)

PSC said...

Sweet! And isn't every child a goddess (or god) in their own little corner of the world? Nicely done! :)

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh to walk as who you are... I am learning another's view of me cannot dull the shine of who I am. Beautiful