Cast

If I were kinder to myself
Maybe I could look in the mirror
And not see the flaws
Others have pointed out
Or made reference to
Without stopping to ponder
How carefully my soles touch the ground

If I were over confident
Maybe the mirror wouldn’t exist
I’d be caught up in the persona I exude
Unaware of compliments and curses
Heedless to any failure
And unable to bear any kind of weakness
Only focused on my own pleasure

If I were honest at what I saw
The opaque surface reflecting not distorting
Revealing every beautiful dent of individuality
Every scar and wrinkle earned
If all my glories rested in my service
All my achievements brought joy to others
I’d have seen further than mere appearance
Touched the divine connecting us

Breath

Wave calls to shore
Receding till the emptiness shows
Then yearning as fingers close
A union so thunderous roars

Winter and springtime, seasons of a lifetime
Sparks that turn into cleansing forest fires
Volcanoes that simmer to cold stone
Reach within to return home

Hoot

Apart from the rest,
you flew
Owl on a perch,
perfect view
Staking your claim,
want not in vain
Ripe for the picking,
you knew

Time rears its head,
tick-tock
The voyages we planned,
landlocked
Formalities to unravel,
sugar or gravel
If wishes were fulfilled,
ad hoc

A desire that remains,
unquenched
The verdict is clear,
sentenced
Till you are in reach,
celebrations cease
Your joy in mine,
blended

Glisten

Warm flesh
Seeking to caress
Taut skin
Patience wearing thin

Eyes that prey
Secrets given away
Lips that bring
Blessing

Knot thickens
Trust deepens
Fears trampled
Want intense

Wind to my wave
Light to my ray
Green to my grey
Life to my clay

Kip

Where it begins to matter
Every feeling touches the ceiling
Cross my heart and spin me
Lasting dizziness

While the universe partakes with glee
Sun and moon in a tug o-war
A purpose that words aspire to
Life giving

Wander beside frozen seas
Thoughts of you like buried treasure
Until your voice wakens my sleep
Sweet dreaming