Nestles in the Silence

What is this death thing?
How many times will I stumble and
Fall into a swirling vortex called grieflove?
At this juncture, I know I’m grounded,
In many ways stable,
Anchored in a flourishing life.
Yet I’m disoriented,
Slightly unmoored, unmotivated.
Like the air hissed out of both tires on a bicycle
I rode which I now get to push and walk beside
slowly up a steep, winding hill
Sweating, heaving, weeping not knowing
Where I was really supposed to be going.
Then I remember the many people I love,
The animals I have yet to meet on this
Mountain hike with my bike.
Maybe my eyes will spot Black Bear Boo,
A deer, a family of deer, a hummingbird,
And then I see a gorgeous butterfly
Reminding me of the pets I have loved,
Who have loved me.
In a Gods wink birth happens,
death happens,
Sunshine streams through
An early morning fog, illuminating
Wings of a freed butterfly.
How fleeting moments really are.
How quickly breath ceases to be.
How quiet the world becomes in the absence
Of purrs, meows, barks,
Your kind voice
Speaking my name.
And yet,
Nestles in the silence,
Rests on a bloom.

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Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime 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 laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy