2 minutes | Jul 28th 2020

"Landscape" - Short poetry pieces for emotional healing

"Stand within yourself 

and open your eyes to 

state of landscape you inhabit. 

look toward the windswept trees

of hurt,

bent over, 

their canopies

hugging the ground

in protection.

look toward the familiar raging


slicing through

any softness of earth.

look at the corse 

and brittle flowers of hope

that open fearsomely 

close the 

earth, never blooming

too full, 

never taking up 

too much space, 

never occupying

itself wholly.

look at the sunless sky of joy, 

how it withholds its warmth

and allows patches of 

ice to collect over any depth

of crevasse or creek.

how many times 

have you fallen through

to that lifeless landscape, 

fed yourself on its offerings

but always felt undernourished, 

acclimatised to its harshness

but always felt a vagabond?

There is another landscape 

within you,

but it takes a homecoming

a journey back to the 

wildflowers and lush planes

from which you were first awakened.

Where love soaks 

beds of blooming confidence.

Where winds don’t misshapen 

but gently lift seeds

of creativity towards what will

cultivate most growth.

Where kindness cures

the bittered wound.

Where your crevasses 

are measurements of 

d e p t h

and not indicators of faultlines, 

and softness cushions

the soil beneath your feet

enabling you to walk 

this long journey without

losing yourself to emotional wear.

There is another landscape to be inhabited 

but it begins with knowing 

that it’s ok 

to let this one 

g o.  


Know the feeling? Of being so used to your own inner landscape that it’s almost scary to let it go of the fear, the hardness, the protection-mode? 

Journeying home to the abundant, open and joy-filled state of your essential Self takes letting go of those rugged and sharp edges we hold within and folding more into our own vulnerability, more into learning to love who we already are, more softness towards the wall we have built in defence and more kindness towards the rugged terrane we have inherited.

Thank you to all those of who tag friends or share these posts - but also to those who simply return to listen for a moment of calm and are able to walk back into their lives a little lighter- I am beyond grateful for your presence here.


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