Friday, April 26, 2013


You like your steak--
I hear the prairie in your voice,
and the open country breeze behind it.

Me, I am always sticking to my smoothies and salads--
my rabbit food, but the truth is,
I'm something else entirely.

Out of the blue, you say something hilariously vulgar,
and there we are, laughing like two blue angels
who got kicked out of Heaven.

Compared to how I feel myself from within myself,
I am this great heavy horse of a girl--
I feel like there must be highway bridges with more grace.

I start to feel down, but then something I say pleases you,
and I could float around the room for the sheer simple joy of that.
If I could wrap myself in this feeling, what might I emerge as?

I expressed all of this to you, once, 
and you said, "Baby, why would you think you're not beautiful?"
That was when I first felt it,

an uncomplicated and natural unfolding of my heart,
when, because you love me, I go peaceful on the leaf of my life,
and something marvelous inside of me spreads,

colorful wings out,
then up,
then out again, in a way that I was surely born for.

for Fireblossom Friday.



Grandmother said...

This is so lovely, Shay. We're surely born for love and spread our colorful selves in its presence, peaceful on the leaf of our lives. What a gift such love is. What a gift such response to love is.

G-Man said...

That's exactly the way I feel when and if I ever say anything that tickles The Fireblossom's fancy!
It's so rare that it becomes a very special event. We all try so very hard to please you. (sigh)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Love the butterfly diet and the gorgeous flexing of the wings..also the immense transmogrifying power of love.

ellen abbott said...

beautiful. love makes us all feel beautiful.

Gail said...

Very Beautiful.

TexWisGirl said...

just wonderful. if we could all feel this beauty about ourselves...

hedgewitch said...

I wasn't expecting to read a love poem, for some reason, on this topic, but that just made it all the more effective and soaring. It's always a magical moment when the outer shell that covers us is cast off and the butterfly we are can suddenly fly.

Lolamouse said...

I agree with Hedge-your love poem surprised me! I guess I was expecting more of a tiger!

It is, indeed, beautiful when we can unfold and fly in someone's love.

BTW, I glanced tropical milkweed plants in the video. I planted those in my yard, and the monarch love them!

thursti said...

I love the way you described the fluttering at the end.

Maggie Grace said...

Wonderful image you used. Such lovely words. "Unfolding of my heart" touched me so. Beautiful!

Peggy said...

Quite the wonderful challenge and I enjoyed a visit with your butterfly self. Fun.

Susan said...

"because you love me, I go peaceful on the leaf of my life"


What an exciting poem! AND great memory music. I am grinning, so happy.

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, yes, butterfly, you are beautiful!

Susie Clevenger said...

A butterfly born to fly...this is a beautiful piece. I too feel the butterfly within me.

Mama Zen said...

This is just incredibly beautiful.

Ella said...

I love the transformation and how your poem dances ;D

Helen said...

If I am to be kicked out of heaven, let it be alongside you, please? Lovely, lovely poetry, Shay.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow. This is an incredible poem. I especially love "this great heavy horse of a girl", and the tender question "why would you think you're not beautiful?" and then the spreading wings.......sigh. just perfect.

erica said...

This is so so lovely. Thank you for sharing your gift of words. Love it so much.

Carol Steel said...

This is enchanting in the raw truthfulness and the utter vulnerability. You touch so many hidden parts of others with your honest, beautifully written words. Why would you think you're not beautiful? How can you not be when you can write like you do? There is so much loveliness and life and laughter and being real in you. I want to hug every word you create.

Jinksy said...

You spread your wings here, and no mistake...

Hannah said...

Wow!! Yes...I love this and I've felt this. And I must do this copy/pasting mindlessness but I mean it from my heart:

"I start to feel down, but then something I say pleases you,
and I could float around the room for the sheer simple joy of that.
If I could wrap myself in this feeling, what might I emerge as?"

This struck me with such familiarity.

Thank you Shay for this rockin' challenge. I enjoyed it! ♥

Loredana Donovan said...

Beautiful and yes, unexpected ...