The true ease of myself

“The Rose” by Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
Near this rose, in this grove of sun-parched, wind-warped madronas,
Among the half-dead trees, I came upon
the true ease of myself,

As if another man appeared out of
the depths of my being,

And I stood outside myself,
Beyond becoming and perishing,
A something wholly other,
As if I swayed out on the wildest wave alive,
And yet was still.
And I rejoiced in being what I was

lily of the valley

Stepping backward in surprise
I see
reflective radiance all around me,
and within.

I can touch so deeply now,
feel so fully,
breathe so watchfully,
within knowing
and
unknowing.

I have been to
secret places
of stillness,
petal soft
shimmering vistas,
where
the true ease of myself
exists,
not in attachments
or appearances,
or needs to impress.

For when I’m uncomfortable in my own skin
around you,
I will shed,
and underneath the tender parts
I smart,
because I desire
to relinquish
duplicitous belief.

For now,
I am in harmony with all that is,
an earth symphony…
the lily of the valley
swaying
and pirouetting
in my own loveliness,
unblemished by temporal things,
I call out to you,
as you dart between my graceful finery,
to sup on my ambrosia.

You have tutored me
in the fine art of gratitude,
unencumbered
by gravity
or condemnation,
as you fly
and gather
and settle upon
my most exquisite flower.

You who are just as lovely as I,
you reach into my belonging,
our souls awash
with kindness
and compassion.
We are augurs of the divine,
not bound by structure
or affluence,
freed from intransigent belief,
just coalescing with the simplicity of being,
of loving
of praising,
alive in our own eternal essence…

©AllysoAlly2018

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