(Lisa's Yorkie, Penny, on Hallowe'en
Our dogs are so long-suffering!)
Mary has set us the most fantastic prompt, over at Poetry Jam: to write about What I Know For Sure, the idea based upon the book by Dorothy Allison, Two or Three Things I Know For Sure.
The author's quote that spoke to me is: Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that I would rather go naked than wear the coat the world has made for me.
The world has done a good job of insisting I be Major Caretaker of the Universe. It has been difficult to try to find a few years that are mine alone. I grasped ten glorious years at the beach in the 90's, when I followed my heart to the wild west coast. I am presently hoping to return, this winter if possible, so I can have a few more years of Living My Dream, while I still can. It does scare me, a little, given my age, health and finances. But I know that once I am back there, my soul will come alive with joy once again. Life is too short to not grasp that wild ride one more time.
My first response to the prompt was I dont have a CLUE what I know for sure, any more, but when I started tapping the keys, it turns out I do have a thought or two on the topic. Great prompt, Mary. Best ever!
What I Know For Sure:
that even the worst times were necessary
to teach me the lessons my soul needed to learn
that it doesn't matter how much or little you gather,
only what you give
that each cell, particle, tree, rock, being, in the world
is connected to every other
that even in times when we feel most alone,
we are being guided and helped
that, in order to be truly happy and at peace,
we must follow our hearts,
even when it scares us ~
especially if it scares us!