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A sunny day in Houston, TX from the Buffalo Bayou.

You see the mess
So far away
Assume it’ll never reach you
But then one day
It comes to say
Hello, I’m here to meet you

Your heart may feel
For a little while
The empathy appears
And then its gone
You’re back to dawn
Forgotten yesteryears

But what is real
Is lived by those
The mess on the other side
Without a home
No place to roam
Same dream when they close their eyes

So please remember
You may be well
But many may feel cursed
Be kind and show
Much love and know
The roles could be reversed

Scars

Photograph: Art Scars by Lori Vrba

There are many scars you cannot see
Their imprints made inside of me
No need to explain where they came from
What matters most is the wounds are gone
Through tears and pain the healing created
Beautiful scars to be celebrated
All of the wounds you have inside
They’ll heal and become beautiful with time.

Lost

 
In finding your way, you will get lost.
With scenic routes and bridges to cross,
Some days it’ll shine, some days it’ll rain.
Some days you’ll feel joy, some days you’ll feel pain;
But once you realize you’re no longer bound,
it’s in the lost, you will be found

Puzzle Pieces

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With the edges cut to fit
Into each other’s cut out bits
Where each bit looks to be part
Of this creation of pure art
As we journey through this life
Puzzle pieces we will find
In each piece you’ll find the whole
In each piece you’ll find your soul

Muse

Aphrodite (Greek: Ἀφροδίτη; Latin: Venus) is the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

Aphrodite: Greek goddess of love and beauty.

Muse….A beautiful poison you are.

Seductive masks you wear so well
Play into feelings, then cast your spell
It has been noticed what you aspire
It’s to be the object of one’s desire
And those who’ve taken a bite of your fruit
Begin to starve, go deaf, and mute
To all the signs that bare your venom
Where is the antidote? Part of a ransom
Where spells cast will be unmade
And masks fall off revealing a face
But still a muse you shall remain
You and I…muse…we are one in the same

Earth, Water, Air, Fire

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Be like Earth
Solid, Committed
Loyal, Firm
Allow water to soften rigidity
Allow air to open the mind
Allow fire to power the will

Be like Water
Adaptable, Engaging
Creative, Intuitive
Allow Earth to solidify paths
Allow Air to invite in philosophy
Allow fire to drive expression

Be like Air
Expanding, Generous
Liberated, Inclusive
Allow Water to guide in the flow
Allow Earth to ground scatter
Allow Fire to outline intention

Be Like Fire
Passionate, Ambitious
Spontaneous, Transformative
Allow Air to elevate thought
Allow Water to advance intuition
Allow Earth to introduce patience

Discovering you, discovering me

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“Eve was framed” photo by Lori Vrba

Observing you, perception defines

I see my essence in your divine

I see my reason in your purpose

I see my ego on your surface

I see my flaws in your perfection

I see my deficient in your rejection

I see my sympathy in your exposure

I see my anxiety in your composure

I see my eccentric in your audacity

I see my coyness in your vivacity

I see my colors in your expression

I see my rigor in your digression

I see my love in your lust

I see my cynicism in your trust

In pieces of you, pieces of me are set free

Discovering you, I am discovering me.

Bootstraps

“Pick yourself up by your bootstraps”

Said the man in the golden seat.

The child looked down looking for straps

but only saw bare feet.

“Pick yourself up by your bootstraps”

Said the woman covered in pearls.

The man looked down, saluted the space

where his legs once felt the hurt.

“Pick yourself up by your bootstraps”

Said the pompous working grad.

The elderly lady looked down in shame

her memory had long gone bad.

“Pick yourself up by your boot straps”

I often hear THEM say

until THEIR straps are no longer there

and THEY begin to pray.

“Pick yourself up by your bootstraps.”

“But I was not born with any.”

“Well here, my friend, take my straps

and pass it along to many.”

When you give yourself away…..

 

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

 

When you let the mask fall off

Wear your heart on a sleeve

Other masks may fall as well

Or hide behind planned mischief

When you let a stranger in

And share all that you are

They may share back themselves

Or mock your open heart

When you live with compassion

Practice what is kind

They may be of gratitude

Or be manipulative with your mind

When you give yourself away

Completely naked and bare

They may breakdown their walls

Or just leave you standing there

But don’t be so discouraged

If they don’t love your soul

Because what we do, the karma is ours

And what they do, out of our control.

So Give yourself away, be what you would like to see.

Continue to “Be the kind of person, you would like to meet.”

My Heart

The Heart Chakra

         The Heart Chakra

In my extended hand I hold

my unclothed heart for you to unfold.

Invite you in and have you see,

this beating heart, inside of me.

In this heart I hold all treasures,

infinite love and all life’s pleasures.

An open heart is what I give.

Compassionately and truthful, I try to live.

But imperfection also resides

in this unfolded heart of mine

A shadow side for you to uncover.

An honest heart you will discover.

There, you may find a lack of trust

of this world I find unjust.

You may find resentments stored,

and insecurities that I hoard.

You may find my judgments made,

and what makes my heart afraid.

You may find a lack of love,

and the anger I’ve tried to rid myself of.

But what is dark inside of me,

I share with you to be set free.

I hope this gift you will receive;

This heart of mine, upon my sleeve.

And like the light I see in you,

I also see the dark side too.

But now that you have my heart to hold

Allow your heart to begin to unfold.