No Mud, No Lotus. No boots, No gloves. {Poem}

Via on Oct 28, 2013

HandsinSand

no mud, no lotus

no boots, no gloves

bare feet, open fingers

i sink, i release

yet

i can’t

because

there is

no mud, no lotus.

 

I scribble these words—no mud, no lotus—as a writing prompt, and find myself falling into the moment: creating a poem.  In that free form experiencing, I see that sometimes we want to surrender into the feeling, but we are afraid to sink because we believe that tools are necessary.

No boots, no gloves. No mud, no lotus.

We are not protected from the elements or our hearts; especially when we are parched, and words do not fall from our lips.

Yet it is the very elements, dry sand and clay, that we can scoop up, hold for a few moments, and let it sift through our hands, slowly feeling the grit of our existence, knowing that one day the rains will return filling the pools, and making puddles.

And, that lotus seed will crack open, roots sinking into the mud, as its stem bends upwards, slowly budding and unfolding into the lotus flower.

But first, we must learn to let go of that seed, skip it across the sand and wait for those rains to flow again before we can pick the lotus.

 

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Ed: Sara Crolick

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About Jes Wright

Jes Wright loves being barefoot and finding nature in the most urban of urban spaces. She loves the feel of paints just as much as pens, and has finally realized that she's an Artist after trying to hide it for too many years. Her writing may be found at Be You Media, on Facebook and Twitter.   P.S. Jes finally gathered all her poetry fluttering in the wind into her latest poetry book. It's available here.

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