Thursday, April 24, 2014

Holes in the Floor of Heaven




Stars are holes in the floor of Heaven
through which its light shines through.

She dreamed, she wrote the song.
Then, in a bookstore, a book fell open
at her feet, and she read:

Stars are holes in the floor of Heaven
through which its light shines through.

The name of an African shaman, 
Credo Mutwa, was on the page,
and she knew this was a message.

In Africa, she met him, sang him her song,
told him of her dream of an old wise woman
whom he recognized as his mother.

She traveled deep into the heart of the Sangoma,
riding on a wave of connecting synchronicities
to complete the journey of transformation
begun by a falling book, its open page.


Some years back I wrote a prose piece about this story in Into the Heart of the Sangoma..a truly breathtaking true story. The Sangoma is a journey of transformation. 

Ella's prompt at Real Toads is to take books at random and select any phrase or word that jumps out at us, and write about it. 

I thought of this story - a Vancouver singer, Ann Mortifee, was in a bookstore when a book fell off the shelf in front of her, as I described in my poem. This led her on a fantastical journey, from one apparent synchronicity and impossible connection to another. If you like such stories, check out my Sangoma link. This story really took my breath away. There are mysteries we cannot fathom.

15 comments:

  1. I read your own post and have goosebumps! I too believe there are stars on the floor of heaven-and we must look further to see where their light shines~ Sherry this is beautiful and so filled with the hope there is more~ I am in awe of your poem and story~ Enchantment lives on-when we allow our spirit to look at the signs we gather-your story proves it!

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  2. Thank you Sherry-this was a gift!

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  3. this is a magical take on the prompt....beautiful

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  4. This is a fascinating journey, and who is to say how, when or why messages will reach us but it is uncanny how they do.

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  5. Love this type of synchronicity that points to a higher truth.

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  6. hope you feel better soon, Sherry.

    quite a trip and story :) ~

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  7. "Stars are holes in the floor of Heaven" I love that. It is amazing what the universe can knit together.

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  8. Love the backstory, Sherry...synchronicity sometimes feels like a high wind at your back pushing you to the next place or time or person. I have often thought that stars are holes in the floor of heaven, as I'm sure you have as well. And so much of the synchronicity in my own life has come from the open page of a book. This made me feel right at home.

    Elizabeth

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  9. its cool the things that can send us on those journeys....its a cool song too....and what a connection to make as well....

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  10. I love the journey and the way your words bring it to life Sherry! Thank you and so good to see you my friend.

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  11. wow, I did not know this, interesting!!

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  12. This kind of story gives me goose-bumps! Well done!

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  13. Sounds pretty great! Thanks, Sherry. k.

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  14. I was sure I had commented on this earlier. But I'm also sure you didn't delete my comment, so I must be wrong.
    O well, I know I'm right when I say this is great.
    Luv, K

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