Your Majesty

A bright pink
Safely hugs.

Pine trees release
Scent of
Balsam on the

Uncertainty of
Living domicile
Where I will
Hang my running hat.
Where I will cook,
Work, dance, sleep.

The known
Certainty of
Your being here
Unmoving, firm
Unshakeable in
Your majesty.

Here for all
Human travelers
Who hike your back,
Torso, side body,
The very summit
Of you.

You mirror
The core of me.
Quiet strength
You’ve been all
My life.

Breathing stillness
Solid, enduring
Beyond time.
Cut the rope
From the lives
You could never

Let them fall
Into God’s huge
Lap of Love.

Hold onto the
Pink harness of
Hope and the
Only life you
Could heal

Find home


Laura Staley
Laura Staley
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

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    • Thank you so very much, Cynthia!! I appreciate all your kind words of reflection about this poem-ever more poignant now that Layla has died and crossed over that rainbow bridge… Grateful in all ways. 🙂

  1. Oh, so many hugs to you, Paula-for your goodness, your kindness, for holding up a mirror from which I sometimes am still searching for–and then I see for myself with fresh eyes–what I see and what someone else may see or reflect, notice or embrace. Thank you for being you-my friend.

    • Thank you ever so much, Larry. I promise to continue to set that poet free! I appreciate your kind words-and knowing that the poems stay with you in such positive and reflective ways.

  2. Laura, just read this.. And read again to savour it.. it’s just resonating in my mind…and soul.
    I feel like you know what I’m thinking.. does this make sense to you? Our majesty within.. Ive actually used this too.. our royal presence inside to be honoured and cherished.
    Your beautiful words inclusive of nature is a breath inhaled right to the soul and smile on the face. Appreciation of all that is pure.. Thank you so much for this. I can relate to it completely.
    I also like the arrangement very much.

    • Paula, I had not read this poem in a few weeks. I had forgotten I sent it to Dennis awhile ago. I read it again, and again, got tears in my eyes. Feels like many layers are in this poem-inspired by a walk with my dog, Layla, on the side of a mountain. She wore a pink leash. She has since died-so the references to pink leash feel nuanced, meaningful, soulful-a both/and…like Layla returned to me through this poem-so on the one hand-the poem feels personal-and yet, as you’ve experienced-it is so much more-“your majesty” I do believe means us-as much as it could refer to an actual mountain of rock, dirt with grass, scrub, pine trees. Thank you so much for receiving this poem into your heart/being/soul and taking the time to offer your reflections–like a beautiful mirror image smiling back at me. Thank you, Paula, so very much for being you. I see you. I hear you. I feel your heart. I value you, my amazing friend.

    • There are pieces of us in everything we write, we don’t always see it and the re read it.. we learn about ourselves and receive the gifts that others get too! I cherish you and love the fact that you are Also able to see the beauty in your written pieces. We are that which express and find the message of love my beautiful friend. I feel your strength and love ❤️❤️ Hugs! Precious soul …you are.