when only wings remain

Bloody Wings
When Only Wings Remain ~ Photo by Rachel Snyder

This poem presented itself
after being inspired by this backyard photo.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you a bit more about what I have been
up to for five weeks. Stay true, stay clear, my precious friend.

Pray tell! What seer doth divine
In soggy tea leaves, curdled wine
These ancient rhythms pulse, now bore
In loosening of the golden cord ~
A harlot, a jackass, a tune unsounded
The tale of the Grail, masked illusion unshrouded,
Strewn about, whirling unfettered grace
Upon center stage Love claims her place

Unraveled life, unpeeled, exposed
At once reveals the core of those
Who would not choose (as Heaven knows)
To arc in triumph, fall to repose,
Relentless hammers poised, now silent
The hush of peace blankets softly the violent ~
Cease now all suffering, wash clean all confusion
Dispatch swiftly your doubts, apprehensions, delusion

The gift is proffered, appears to shine
With blessings wrought, Yes! This is mine!
It carries my name, scriven line for line
Seems perfect, pure, yet wait! Entwined
In layers golden, webs spun fine,
Rests the unexpected, the undefined

This kingdom lost, the Queen takes throne
Ascends her bed of scattered stones
Arise! The crone calls forth the moon
Bedecked in gown of light, she croons
Her song of life, to death gives honor
Radiant sun, endless stars ride fast upon her

This sacred marriage blooms in passions freed
Unleashed, untamed, on frothing steed
Beyond limits of reason true seeds are sown,
Imagination delivers life’s most fertile loam
Every serpentine valley in haze now unwrapped
Fragments now gathered, wholeness rendered intact

The wise traveler knows that no steps go untaken
No road leads to nowhere, You have not been forsaken!
Consigned to the fire, ego’s romp now contained
Up ahead, yonder meadow donned in dance unconstrained ~
Open wide, take heart, all is newly arrayed
Cease wandering, writhing, You have not been betrayed!
Now! Kiss every star in this once-darkened night
When only wings remain, you can do naught but take flight

7 thoughts

  1. Ben, my kindred spirit brother. Yes, the gateway is being held open for us. No tolls required. We’ve paid in advance, eh? Much Love to You.

    The Other Side of Ugly. The beauty is, in part, a reflection of your countenance and spirit. Blessings to You.

    Akasa, Sweet Soul Sister! I Love when we are in such perfect resonance. Peace Everlasting to You and Yours.

    lvsrao, thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your presence here. Blessings to You.

    heartflow2012, your ongoing support and honoring of my Work brings me great Joy! Love to You and Yours on the Western Coast.


  2. Breathtaking as always Dear Sister Soul…
    Your words strike the silver anvil of my heart,
    and loudly it rings! A sounding bell-like
    resonance deep within and without, a
    wholeness on eternal wings….

    Your photo is a great reminder to us
    spiritual sojourners on being human



  3. Beautiful Rachel, it speaks to the longing in my heart, I feel peace on the split horizon not far away as the Gate Keepers stand holding the gate to the rainbow bridge open. Bless you dear lady.


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