Exoskeleton

At first glance, you scare me

Like a terrifying image of the past

With sharp edges, pinchers, and maybe a hidden sting

The packaging of you remains stunningly intact

From this exterior view, you look like you.

With closer curious inspection

You are only the outer design

I could flick away

Or with a breeze of wind

You’d blow away light as the feather you now are

A ghost town of memories.

Every day I awake and

Squiggle away from you.

You hold a past that is no longer who I am or ever was.

I thank you for being the container

For holding space for the very essence of me.

I have crawled out

Flown into the trees

Free to sing and mate.

For now, I have found safe haven

Home in the depths of an inner world

Filled with equanimity, peace, acceptance

Dense with love

Here in the woods of my soul.

Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura helps people thrive in the physical spaces where they live and work. She educates people about the optimal arrangement of belongings for comfort, safety, and flow; de-cluttering for freedom; and planning transitions to new or updated spaces for optimal joy in life. Laura knows that the conditions of our homes and workplaces shape the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by more than a decade working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to help her clients produce remarkable results in their lives. Her own awakening to the power of feng shui came on the heels of a flood and the realization that she could live with beloved belongings rather than unloved hand-me-down stuff. Her trifecta of serving people includes public speaking, writing, and compassionate coaching. Laura is a published author of the books Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui and Cherish Your World Gift Book: 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Your Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a full-time parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include loving her dog, laughing with great friends, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. You are welcome to connect with Laura below.
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Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler

Here in the woods of my soul….. Very beautiful, often words are not meant to be read as they reflect from your eyes to touch you deeply within your heart. I feel your words.

Melissa Hughes, Ph.D.

Laura, I read this earlier and printed it out to keep on my desk – and then got distracted with a call or email and didn’t comment. As I’m clearing my desk, I read through your words again. It is just so beautiful. One of the reasons I love poetry so much is that I can combine your words with my experiences and mental models of the world to create something so meaningful. You’ve done that for me here. Thank you for sharing such a deep personal part of yourself here. I appreciate you!

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