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I Let Go & Discovered Beauty like Never Before. {Poem}

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A post shared by Audrey Reid (@awaudrey) on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:53am PST


Jungle definition:
When I first came here
I owned bras with underwire.
And then suddenly I didn’t anymore.
I can’t remember the last time
I wore shoes that covered my toes
Or showered with warm water.

When I first came here
I looked at the trees.
I saw beauty—but really, I saw nothing.
Then I saw fruit.
Then I saw medicine.

For all the bugs that bite me,
And the very, very, very bumpy roads that I ride my bike down,
There are blue butterflies and clear seas.

It’s a paradox.
It’s timing and relationship.
It’s orders and patterns that re-present themselves
That let us see the potency of change.

Its all of this.
It’s everything.
It’s just me.

Sometimes all I can see are the spiders in my kitchen.
But sometimes I can see
The nearly transparent thread they weave
Connecting it all.



Author: Meghan Tolhurst
Image: Audrey Reid/Instagram
Editor: Callie Rushton
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About Meghan Tolhurst

Meghan Tolhurst is an educator and explorer. She is currently the program facilitator for Girls for Success, an ESL and girls empowerment program in the rural jungle area of Limón, Costa Rica. Her passions include holistic-wellness, salty salvation, and deep-dark salty chocolate. Find out more at her website.


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