Suffering and Our Greatest Work, a Poem.

Via Tanya Lee Markul
on Aug 27, 2011
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Feeling inspired by the poetry that has been coming into Elephant Journal, a quote I stumbled across by Winston Churchill, “‎If you are going through hell, keep going,” and a reminder from a friend of The Four Noble Truths, I felt inspired to write this….a sort of conversation with (the dark side) and me.

A Book of Hours.

Surrounded by distance, I share the existence with the divining winds whereof things below reveal no traces as of yet.

Spread myself out and into myself. Downfall and hurtle myself away.

I am alone in this great storm.

Suffering or elation, I am collecting for some love culmination.

Don’t be afraid now.

(If I comprehend, you have transformed the force and thrust of your tears toward your own ripe gazing and are in an act of changing every sap of your strong existence!)

And then, off I’ll go and I’ll try to break your fragments, needing only myself!

(Can you hear me?)

A perspective will come and snatch me from my farthest progress, I will then perceive with a new outlook.

(But remember, to hold each other is easy for us and requires no learning. If you’re still there, if somewhere in this darkness there’s still a warm spot where your perceptive spirit longs for me, you will hear my lonely voice within a lonely night).

With the possibility of being and the book of hours we still comprehend flowering simultaneously somewhere between suffering and our greatest work.


About Tanya Lee Markul

Luring the magic of what is natural back into our daily lives, Tanya Markul is a freer of creativity, of inner beauty + power, and an enthusiastic igniter of the wild spirit! She re-writing the wild flower sutras, and offers a refreshing & badass view on spirituality, wellness & authentic living. Sensitivity is her tree trunk, flower stem, and nucleus. It is her belly, and her heart. Tanya is an artist of life, a faery of trees, a wanderer of the dark, a writer of heart, a misfit yogini, and an Urban Priestess apprentice. She believes in the power of your personal weird, quirky, magic, and that only path toward inner freedom & light, is through the dark — eyes closed, heart open. Tanya is the creator of The Urban Howl, Yoga Write Now & Waking Wild. Join her free forum for monthly yoga & writing practices here. Join her free forum for 30 days of exercise for 30 days here. Join her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & get her free weekly & quirky newsletter here.


2 Responses to “Suffering and Our Greatest Work, a Poem.”

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