This was written after the death of my husband. Not having a loved one in your life creates so many emotions that affect every area of your life.
Our lives are journeys, our own unique journeys. I have always been an observer - of others of course, but most importantly, of myself. The longer we live, our view and, hopefully, our understanding expand. Perhaps this is why we've always heard about the wisdom of the elders. It's not because older people have all the answers, it's simply because they often have had similar experiences those younger are now encountering, perhaps more than once, from which another may benefit.
It is easy to see this in today's world on so many levels from global down to within your own four walls. Something has to change or people on edge will create even more chaos in the world and in individual lives.
In the spirit of National Poetry Month, I wanted to share this free verse, The Seasons of My Soul, which I wrote when I turned 50. I can hardly believe that was 23 years ago!
In the fall, nature releases its attachment to the fruits of its last growing season. Flowers wilt, and leaves fall. Rather than an ending, it is the necessary preparation for new growth. During winter, the outer visible parts of the plant appear dormant, but beneath the surface, the plant is developing the root system and nourishment for manifesting a new level of growth. In the spring the budding flowers and unfurling leaves spark a joyful remembrance of the beauty and wonder the new season holds in store. When summer comes, there is time to enjoy the fruits of those seasons of preparation.
The seasons of your soul mirror these cycles of nature, and just like in nature, you do not get to linger forever in the sweetness of summer. You must let go of your attachments to where you are and prepare to move onward. These are the cycles of your spiritual growth.
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I will read forever because it lets me visit in my mind the worlds that I will never be able to see; it helps me put away the stresses of the day and relax into the rhythm of the story before me; it lets me bring to the surface and experience without regrets those feelings I hide away; it lets me re-experience the thrill of first love through someone else's eyes; it keeps my mind juiced so that it will never desert me; it is always there for me even when there's no one else. I will read forever no matter whether it is print or digital because the words will always call to me. ~ A Sassy Scribbler