a ramble in the park

I take a walk in the park of my mind
and venture here and there over the many crossings
the bridges I’ve broken
the walls I’ve built
the many structures

There, I take myself by the hand
and with a gentle pat
reassure my bewildered self
that everything will be alright

I say, do not stress yourself too much
remain calm and find comfort
in knowing you have a friend in me
myself, I

I struggle to acknowledge the heart and warmth
which I am offering to myself
having difficulty responding to her/my own embrace
but why not, why not melt into her arms
and receive the solace she gives

I have been a traitor to my own self
not my own best friend
I have doubted her and despised her
I have not given her the benefit of the doubt

In the garden where the roses grow
I venture, to smell the fresh tilled earth
still wet with dew from nature’s morning cleanse
It is fresh with the scent of charm
and life seems to hover in the balance here

Tempted as always, I deny myself the rose
it shall not meet it’s end from my hand
I will treat it gently and tenderly, as if it were holy
I will display my reverence for it’s beauty
and my preference for life….
I will not bruise it’s petals or bend it’s stem
to my own will, it must go free, or as free
as the roots that bind it will allow

The bondage I am in, is of my own doing
I can release the bird to fly, but do I will it
do I wish it, will I allow it, no.. not yet
One day I will fly and it will be me
applying the oils lavishly and generously
to my canvas, I will let go
of the tightly bound waves and drawings
and follow the paint where it leads me
I will go

a ramble in the park

© Karin Taylor

Joined February 2008

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just some thoughts…

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