~ Lifted ~

When I had wandered far in life,
and felt I had filled this skin from within,
When I had learned to breathe in every moment,
and brought myself back
to remembering again,
When I had wakened from a dreaming existence
and the sense which had found me
Manifested around me,
I discovered that all that time I had walked,
all the time spent wishing
for feather-light wings, had only been preparing me
For all of these things which this fledgling being
at the edge of the nest,
Trying to find courage to take the rest of the test
and plunge
Into the unknown sky of the future,
Had to fall for awhile
before the wind made me sure.

With each heart-beat and down-stroke of strength,
these wings grow stronger
And fuller in length,
with banded fingers splayed ‘gainst a rising sun,
I’ve lived a full life, but it’s only begun.

With the actualization of realization
Comes freedom to glide on the thermals of dreams,
When mind and heart are in tune
with that inner blue moon,
And eclipses exist to sharpen the lines,
If you look for the light, you’ll find your own gift for flight,
And the lift will be right,
And you’ll know what it means.

Fly toward the future with a focused intent,
Let fall from your talons all wasted years spent,
Drop the ballast that you claimed for so long would sustain you,
Remember paths walked,
Long before you ever flew.
And when you finally reach the zenith…

You’ll soar above the world you knew.

~C.L.R. ~ © 2008


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

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