Journeying into the New World

In honor of our entrance into the New World – a world no longer rooted in fear, but bathed in love, I share with you some poems that I wrote as I contemplated this leg of the journey for myself.  I owe a debt of gratitude to poet, David Whyte for being a source of inspiration for these poems. 

blackboots

Sideways into the Light

Turning sideways into the light

Like the gods of my Irish ancestors did

No longer interested in the fight

Leaving behind the self I have known

Entering into the unknown

A new life…on a parallel plane

In some ways the same…only different somehow.

Disappearing into the Hollow Hills,

and like the Tuatha de Danaan,

promising to reappear as something new.

The Shoes That Brought Me Here 

I abandon the shoes that brought me here

I leave this place,  not because I’ve given up

(Though some may be tempted to think so.)

Exhausted from the effort

Frustrated from lack of fruitfulness

Beating my head against the wall until it bled,

Forced into asking,  “Am I barking up the right tree?”

I fought the good fight….

But, unlike St. Paul, my race is not yet finished.

I lay down my guns

Set down my sword

Lower my shield

And Surrender to the Son

Not because I’ve given up

But for the sake of a different path:

I abandon the shoes that brought me here.

New Shoes

I’m done with the shoes that brought me here:

Sensible, boring mom shoes.

Wide, flat, footbed of cork, reinforced arch.

Wide-toed sandals and clogs.

 Practical Norse design.

Sensible.  Respectable.  Conservative.

Granola anyone?

I don’t yet know what my new life will look like,

But I’ve seen the shoes!

Tall, black boots – even thigh-high.

Combat-style Doc Martens.

Black patent leather…even bright red.

Go-go boots for the seven-year old writer who was told “No.”

Ballet slippers and heels without taps for the dancer within.

I abandon the shoes that brought me here

and strap on the boots that will carry me along the next leg of this journey.

All poems copyright Lauri Lumby.

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