Close your eyes tight and imagine you’re here,
Between sage and these stones.
You smell the baked earth and drink in the silence,
Of a place older than your grandfather’s father’s home.
Listen close to the babbling creek and hear each word,
As water runs from high mountain snow.
Wish upon the very wind and come back to this, your hearthstone.
What adventure is this?
Ever unfolding the great paper of life,
As you grow larger your mind increases.
You that spouts the philosophy of youth,
And then utters profound earth moving thoughts.
I forget as only adults can,
Please forgive as a child always does.
Take a moment.
Understand your footing.
Those stones will hold you back.
Someone is waiting for you.
Be frank with me,
Speak words that sink past my skin.
Share the emotions we both feel,
Express your secrets.
I am here to love,
Never to turn away.
Together we have begun,
Together we will continue.
Walking between stacks filled with words,
Listening to whispers of a forgotten world.
Lend mine ears to countless experiences,
Filling this silent space to the brim.
I am lost and in love,
Where each page will take me is my heart’s only desire.
Leave me be,
So that my mind may run wild.
Hide behind your hands so small,
Giggle in the stillness.
Waiting with some secret small,
To whisper in my ear.
Sneak away upon your feet,
So much bigger than I remember.
Let your mark upon my heart,
And every apple we own.
I am unsteady, like a baby’s first step.
Let me unfold this unmarked map.
One side is filled with the dead ends of where I’ve been.
But only blank white lies ahead.
You are not alone.
All around you others are just as terrified.
They walk upon the earth with the weight of their fear pressing them down.
There is no shame in feeling this.
Be honest with yourself.
In this bleak moment,
I long for winter’s end.
To feel rich warmth beneath my feet,
Bare to the grass and soil.
Where is the Spring,
So longed and look for?
Hiding beneath this old frost,
Sleeping through the storm.
So I will wish, hope, and wait.