I set forth on my journey years ago
when just a wee lass
Sails billowing, as if boasting
when the winds swept mighty against my back

But oft times, the saddest times,
I sat alone, sails silent and still
Like a lover’s heart freshy broken

And rocking to and fro
lulled into uneasy slumber
Salty tears do rouse me
from a moment’s glimplse into paradise
where my sweet mother’s arms
did rock me

Why this deadly calm
My journey and fate now stalled
What has this lass done
to prove so disfavored by the gods?

I heard a voice, no, a whisper it was
Child, are you not where you once set off to be?
Was it not you who cried to the skies
If I could just reach my destination
make it that far
the world would be mine
to hold in my humble hands

Yet, now with the world before you
You reach not for it
your eyes cast only toward the now wilted sails
waiting impatiently on a wish and a breeze

Will you feel differently
when you befall your next intention?
You were once certain that this very place
was where your young heart was to bide

Will your life be filled
reaching destinations
or with the wisdom of your surroundngs?
Will you embrace the knowledge each path imparts?

For if there is no awareness in your heart
No happy sight from your eyes
No desire to be still
to behold true beauty
There shall never be contentment
Your blind and restless spirit
will ne’er know prayerful peace

So breathe ye softly
You are not adrift
You are not alone
You are where you set sail to be
those many moons ago

There is no moving forward
by a wish or jester’s spell
For the wind is as fickle
as a young lassie’s heart
Both can fill with no warning
and be moved too far
too quickly

You need only know
this is where you are meant to be
In this time
in this moment
in this realm

So shame yourself not
for disfavor from the gods
Your shame lies
not knowing you’ve arrived

Count your blessings
Be grateful to that which surrounds you
Your soul did manifest this place
Hold it dear

Your sails will fill again
You will follow the sun
Further destinations await your foot falls

Go now to the shore
Sleep beneath the heavens
and count each twinkling star
as a blessing sent

It is there
in the wisdom of Creation
your path will appear
and steer you, child,
to where your heart
will rest yet again

Drink it in
Replenish your spirit
not only the journey
but your presence in Grace

Remember lassie
embrace that which drew your heart here
For in your haste to merely arrive
You may well sail fast
beyond the glorious symphony of angels
beckoning you to behold
the sweet smell of heather
in all its purple-hued majesty
adorning the very gates
of Heaven itself



6 thoughts on “Presence

  1. I love the underlying ‘strength of intention’ that come through your words Sassy Lassie. Katie and I were talking just yesterday evening about how I’ve been feeling recently and she quoted Thoreau to me ….

    “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
    ― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

    …. strangely mirroring your poetic discourse …..

    Coincidence? Is there such a thing? 🙂


  2. Thanks, Ed. Thoreau is my all time favorite writer hands down. We had to read Walden Pond in high school and I have loved him ever since.

    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
    ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

    He really speaks to my heart and reminds me what is really important in life. I still find I am rushing to do the next thng without even appreciating that right now, I am in the moment I set to accomplish just yesterday!!

    No, I don’t believe in coincidence…..

    Thanks so much for your words and give my best to Katie and the “gang”. Wow, I just cannot wait to meet you two and all the other angels there! ❤


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