Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Fall. Fearless. In Love. (A poem)

I Fall. Fearless. In Love
Photo courtesy of
Christine Valters Paintner, OblSB, PhD, REACE

Silence roars
against the painful stillness
breaking
my heart
into a thousand shards
crying for release
from the battlefield
of life
lost
in fear
of the pungent
hot
breath
of the lion
breathing
fiercely
down my neck

Courage knocks
I ignore
my heart
beating.

Silence roars
hot breath
bearing down
pushing
prodding
probing
my will tangled up
curving back
into myself
helplessly
flailing
against courage
lost
within
the lair
of the lion's mane

Courage whispers my name
I hear it
falling
asleep.

Silence roars
I awaken
and hear
the beat
of my heart
pounding
fiercely
against the fear
of falling
into gentle arms
of nothing
more than who I am
when I
let go of fear
and fall
into the One
who Loves me.

Silence roars
I roar back
The lion retreats.

I fall.
Fearless.
In Love.
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Abbey of the Arts is having a poetry party today. It is an Invitation to Poetry: Fierceness and Courage. Christine Valters Paintner, the Abbey host, offers a photo and an invitation to write about Fierceness and Courage in your life.
Click on over and check out some of the beautiful words shared by other "Abbeyists" and read a bit about the awakening Christine experienced in Vienna at Christmas when she had a pulmonary embolism. You'll be inspired -- I promise!

6 comments:

Maureen said...

Glad you found the poetry prompt at the Abbey. I'm posting my contribution on Tuesday. It's way different.

S. Etole said...

I'll check it out ...

Enjoyed your contribution.

Jingle said...

hope that you had fun...
missed you a lot this week..




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JTS said...

Powerful images, so strong and beautiful!

Anonymous said...

a perfect poetry. the beautiful portrayal of abuse and rising out of it- brave strong and tall.

terrific.

I just love your poems very, very much.

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Abbey of the Arts said...

beautiful! thank you for the contribution. i especially love this moment: "Silence roars / I roar back."