Tuesday, September 15, 2009


"Your solitude will allow your contradictions to emerge with clarity and force. If you remain faithful to this energy, you will gradually come to participate in a harmony that lies deeper than any contradiction. This will give you new courage to engage the depth, danger, and darkness of your life."
-- from Anam Cara by John O'Donohue

Anam Cara means "soul friend" and could refer to another person but can also mean befriending our own spirit. Thinking about contradictions and this image prompted the following:

beauty in the muck of the street
soft and vulnerable against the dark
ground of reality
tossed away, tossed around
but still vibrant and alive
calling to the world
calling to me
cherished by the act of observation
captured forever in awareness
safe in the contradiction
of darkness and joy.

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