Life Twice, Again

Life Twice, Again

by Carmen H Gray

Life twice, by and by

The want, the wonder, the frivolous why

The comings and goings of faraway ships

Silvery musings forming inside of my lips

Lips that once whispered youthful utterings

While inside my belly where once there were flutterings

A light has broken and shapes appeared in its whiteness

The child, the maiden, the wistful ripeness

And their shadows, no doubt, holding space in the stillness

Therein is where I find myself inhabiting realness

All of the cuts and the sharp words that wished to be said

Rose up to greet my heart gently, without fear or dread

And, I, having lived a singular moment twice

Embraced those shadows in my paradise

 

 

 

 

Lesson from a Peach Blossom

Lesson From a Peach Blossom

by Carmen H Gray

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Soft layers of delicate petals

Ornately displaying themselves

To the godly golden sun

Swaying hither and thither

Beckoning the bees to visit

Bursts of color to contrast

The sapphire sky

Pregnant with possibility

Of impending fruit

I like the receptivity of this season

Far away from the bigness of the world

Shrunk down into a tiny lush universe

Leaves unwrapping themselves quietly

Like the sweetest gesture of an open hand

Reminding me to absorb a honeyed briefness