Express Yourself With Feeling
Like a star of the waning summer who beyond all stars rises
bathed in the ocean stream to glitter in brilliance – is who you are.
But powerful and greedy men are wretched things.
They hide one thing in their hearts, and say another.
Falsehoods are done in the name of the “greater good” as if truth is pliable.
Now luckily, roaring seas and many dark mountains lie between us.
I wish I were savagely enough to retaliate with a vengeance,
but unrelenting anger and hatred does not become me.
And strife will only hurt me more.
How bitter sweet the losses we suffer
during our journey on the seas by virtue of fate,
eating away at our souls and destiny.
Adapted: Homer. The lliad and Odyssey
My soul is longing for the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
that pulls me close and holds me in its arms.
Gliding to the rhythm of each wave coming ashore.
Bursting with life and teaming with energy,
filling the sense with wholeness and peace.
Every day is new.
You are never alone.
When change is upon you, dissolve.
You cannot expect to understand everything.
Rise like an ocean wave pulled forward by the moon.
And like a bird who sings without knowing why,
take each step in gratitude.
Be gracious in times of confusion,
the Way is mysterious.
Life will return to its dance,
as sure as winter changes to spring.
(Inspired and Adapted: Tao Te Ching. Chapter 7)