Wishes – A Poem

Wishes

To hug

Children

Grandchildren

In strong, soft

Arms in the

Many minutes

A chocolate cake

Takes to

Bake.

 

To hold hands

With Dear

Friends

Feeling the warmth

Of skin touch

as they

Grieve.

 

To trust

That

Deaths

Protests

Dangerous Decisions

Violence

Systemic Oppression

Implode

Giving

Rise

To

Transformation

Transcendence

Equality

Wellness

Justice

Peace

Oneness.

 

To make

Mundane choices

Standing, gazing at

Favorite nutritious foods, clear

Preferences in a

Garden. A simple

Joy never again to

Be taken for

Granted.

 

For large and

Small gatherings of

People.

Being

Able to look, to

Breathe in

Beautiful faces, smiles,

Shining eyes,

Tearful.

How exceptional

What used to seem

So ordinary.

 

For a celebration of humanity

Multifaceted

Multidimensional

Multitalented

Complex

Diverse

Rich, Glorious

Expressions of Uniqueness

Connected in

The Heart of

Grief, Tenderness,

Love, Compassion,

Courage, Dignity,

Empathy, and humility.

Awakened in Conscious

Responsive

Contribution.

 

For Soul Freedom

Soaring

Unbounded, unleashed,

Untamed,

Unwavering, unrelenting

Everywhere.

 

For a planet

That revers life

Itself, humming

In harmony with grasses,

Trees, bees, bears, deer, snakes,

Turtles, birds, glorious

Blue hydrangea bushes,

Purple iris, lakes, rivers,

Mountains, oceans.

 

For a restorative night’s

Sleep knowing in

Your weary bones

That radical imagination

Remains

Essential

For

Our

Extraordinary

Existence.

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.

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  1. Great poem Laura, just finished teaching a week’s summer writing camp to students teaching Haiku’s and poetry, pros, etc, love piecer. I think there will be some up and coming poetry writers.

    • Oh, Lynn, that’s wonderful! I imagine the students enjoyed the experience of exploring the world of poetry and all types of writing. The domain of poetry can open up some windows or air vents-and all kinds of realms of the imagination. I continue to be forever grateful for the poetry of Mary Oliver and Maya Angelou (all of Maya Angelou’s writing) as well as Nikki Giovanni and many others. I’m so thrilled for you that you had this experience of being in service to all those students at summer camp. I’m certain they enjoyed having the opportunity to work with you-to be inspired by you! Thank you so much for your kind words. Thank you for being YOU!! I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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