Poem 4 of the Alchemy series: Home in the Palm of my Hands

All my life I have looked at myself—
as if I was a disease! A mutant cell intruding
in a sea of Meant For’s and Should Be’s;
a mistake
in the genesis of man.

I thought my self the quintessential
outsider looking in/insider looking out,
and all the world, consequently,
regarded me
as such.

My eyes have become
having been backwards too long—
seeing only the beginning
of my story,
while hoping towards
a juicy, yet simple end.

It seems my mind has forgotten
all about
the middle,
the fat—
the bulk of the ribcage basket!
The whole in the front of empty.

Outside the loop, left behind.

And the world
has regarded me
as such.

I left myself wanting.
Sold my self short.
Screwed the innumerable pooch.
Traded my home for obscurity—
became only a sin
bereft of prayer.

I am a part of this world.
I am in it.
Right now.
Writing this poem in a room
on the floor of this earth
in the whole of this space;
in a universe climbing its ladders,
dying to remember
each wrung.

Here, now—
this day!
I have learned how to pray.

How to pray
awake.
Open.
I have learned how to be
the offering
and the gift.

And my heart is born
a yellow bloomed sunny lilac,
sharing its scent with the world,
bursting
deep and countless
within
a garden of light.

I am writing these words on my knees,
and tossing these words to the wind

while holding new seeds
inside
this beautiful gift
of hands.

© Kristin Reynolds 11 26 2010

Poem 4 of the Alchemy series: Home in the Palm of my Hands

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