Listening Deeply

A power overlooked

Is to listen with all of me

This is harder than it appears

Closing my eyes may help me

At times many thoughts crowd

A jumble of noise within me

It flows into awareness

Hearing what’s outside now within me

Listening recognizes and honors

Accepting all as part of me

Allowing all to be as it is

Not afraid that it touches me

Fall leaves of changing colors gliding

Winter flakes in white crystals covering

Spring emerging through flowers growing

Eternal sun radiating warm energy flowing

Listen…listen deeply…Love resounding

A lost sense awakening within me


Roots of Wisdom

A tree of life stood to flourish full,

I think the roots were strong and deep.

It’s unseen anchor into the ground,

Like wisdom in the soil of faith.

From these roots of wisdom grew,

A solid trunk of truth and love.

The leaves that flourished were blessings,

Gifts of abundance that were asked for.

Yet the delightful treasure was the fruit,

Brightly colored, induced of juicy life.

Love, joy, peace, as apples and pears,

Patience and kindness abounded.

Goodness and faithfulness flourished,

Gentleness was of a subtle strong taste.

Self-control needed to be cooked to enjoy,

And it was worth the smallest effort.

…I thought about this tree of life I saw…

If roots of wisdom are not strongly deep,

The tree may be full, lush with leaves,

Yet not nourishing with life-giving fruits.

Or perhaps it is top-heavy, unbalanced,

Ready to topple over in life’s storms.

…Grow deep and strong, roots of wisdom,

To birth and sustain an abundant tree of life…