You Hold Space

You hold space, yet
I fail to encourage you to do so
With an apron, long sleeves,
An extra layer of clothes.
Because at times
Gassing off depths of old pain
Sometimes includes
Bursts of a phrase that
Burn you like a sting
From a drop of hot water that
Unexpectedly leaps out of
A pot on a gas stove that
People kept describing as not
Something that could ever
Redden your skin, your face
Into a rage storm. You feel slighted,
Which rips open memories of
Being bullied
by other characters
Long ago and far away.
Yet, this wounded voice erupts
Like a geyser from
Unwept tears of grief,
Hurt held in cavernous caves
Clinging like stalactites
That can pierce or
Black bats with beady eyes
Hanging upside down
Waiting for blood’s nourishment.
I attempt to tell you
How safe I feel in the
Sacred space of you.
Your immense capacities,
Strength, a witnessing of
Hidden hemorrhaging
Mine, now yours.
Grief and love
Flow forth.
Emotional experiences,
Expressions unleashed,
Never meant to harm anyone ever again.
Only to be roared into a dense forest,
Burned up into ashes
By the hot sun.
What needed so desperately to die,
To allow
New life to be birthed,
In my overwhelming,
Persistent courage to
Love my
Self and to
Love You.

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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


    • Thank you for your kind words, for receiving my poems in your heart. A beautiful gift exchange indeed, my friend. I’m ever so grateful to have my writings, these poems, so graciously received. Please know the giving is a joy-as the words pour forth from a place beyond my mind’s doubts, fears. I appreciate you, my cherished friend.