Warrior, a Poem.

Via on Aug 5, 2011
Photo by: Jonathan Maneri

Warrior.

Behind this shadow I am a warrior

Unafraid of my strength

Yet the darkness protects me from this truth

I am terrified to begin this journey

It is cool and comfortable

In the shade of night

I can easily hide my brilliance, but

my path to transformation is lined with fire

And the spark does not survive under this damp cloak

I wait, and I breathe

The warrior

Without the battle

Strength without struggle

Is emerging

The night is ending

The sun rises over the horizon

It is time to ignite my path.

“Warrior” is the first in a series of poems dedicated to
and written in the name of the practice of yoga.

About Temple Symonds

Temple Symonds is a 5oo hour certified and registered yoga teacher in the Hartford, CT, USA area. The practice of yoga has perhaps been the difference between being lost and finding herself, whole and complete, wounded and gorgeous, healing and exactly where she needs to be. She has been writing for a very, very long time and will soon be published in The Poetry of Yoga, Vol. 2. Learn more about Temple at TempleOmYoga.com.

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15 Responses to “Warrior, a Poem.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul tanya lee markul says:

    So beautiful! I love this: Strength without struggle.

  2. Tanya Lee Markul tanya lee markul says:

    Temple, I can't wait for more!

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  4. Kim Rivest says:

    thank you for sharing Temple keep the creativity flowing

  5. Eddie says:

    Well written. I am a combat veteran who now works to help other veterans readjust with their lives after war. One area that I work in is domestic violence, a much different set of circumstances with veterans than most would believe. I could go on and on about the complexities in the makeup and mindsets of these veterans and their road to healing. I found this poem particularly helpful, not only in my own travel down the road to a less fragmented self, but in seeing it as a beacon for others further down that shadowy road. Language is important. I don't have to tell the readers of this site how many layers of meanings, wonderfully complex and sometimes paradoxical, in poetry can lend itself to healing. Thank you for this poem. I look forward to sharing this with my my group and fellow veterans.

    • Dear Eddie, I am honored, truly. I am actually a little overwhelmed by the honor of these words being shared with your group. Please send my best wishes to all. Love, ~Temple

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