For We Write Poems Prompt #137: Peas In A Pod
And Poets United Wonder Wednesday: Upon Reflection
You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you – no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself.
__Rainier Maria Rilke
Letters To A Young Poet
Even in imagination, feared
coming face to face with child
I’d left alone, years ago,
to grow wild there, deep inside
my own inner darkness.
But, that day, she gently
took my hand, led me
to a high mountain meadow.
Passed a glass of sweet lemonade,
then bid me, “Sit, watch. Listen.”
Stepped out to dance, flitting through
trees, like soft summer breeze,
green leaves rippling with sunlight.
Humming unknown rhythms as she
moved to music of her own making.
Fed me with her fingertips, wild
fruit, she’d spent all those years
tending, here at center of our
shared soul, in secret garden
she alone had created.
Elizabeth Crawford 1/9/13