For this last week of Advent, I want to share some poems and short stories that will hopefully fit with the spirit of the season.
The Lady and the Lion: A Spoken Word Poem
It started with a desire and a treacherous first step.
I journeyed across an infinite web
in search of some kind of connection.
Reaching out to the stars,
I found a lady in the constellations
Small, yet radiant; gentle, yet strong
I chased the lady across the sky
Until she ran to the side of a lion,
frightening and intimidating.
In fear of the tiger, I left the sky
Hiding away until I felt it was safe to come out
Even so, the lady and her lion followed me
The lady became like a bright shadow or reflection
While the lion returned to the sky,
She taught me to let go of my fears of uncertainty
And in doing so, I made my first connection
The lion was always out of my reach
but the lady always heard me.
Making me laugh and sending me love.
The lady and her tiger watched me
As I changed as slowly as a flower coming into bloom
As I learned how to dance in the desert
As I kept trying to fly, but kept falling and breaking
The lion came down from the sky
and caught me whenever I fell,
breathing into me as I rested.
As summer turned into fall,
The lady and her lion watched me from the sky
while I started running non-stop in hopes of flying.
The lion’s breath became my strength, my power, my faith
and soon my running became the fuel for my flight,
held up by the wings of a fiery dove.
I’ll always need the lion to catch me when I fall,
and the lady as my companion on my journey.
but I don’t need to hide in the caves anymore.
Instead, I take off to the stars every day,
acting as my guiding lights as I continue to fly.
Our lives, connected through the wind beneath my wings
Never really seeing, but always connecting
Connecting through smiles and shared wisdom
Connecting through music and shared gratitude
Connecting through words and shared love