Respecting the Flame, #poetry

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Today was my 15th day in the “Soul Coaching” book which gives 28 days of digging deeper and examining our lives with each week representing one of the four elements.

This is Fire Week. As you can tell from Monday’s Flash fiction post, the concept of fire has been present in my thoughts and my life, with its ability to destroy and rebuild things, to give us opportunities to start anew, etc. I, however, have found a need for balance. Still, fire showed up in my life and I said, “Okay. I will survive.” I had to let go of some things I held dear and move on toward newness. As the book says, “face your shadow self,’ and ‘examine your fears.’ I am now aiming to thrive amidst the fires of change and maybe even use them to my benefit.

This has inspired me to write a poem this week:

Respecting the Flame, (c) 2021

Some people never feel the burn

they fear it and won’t let the tables turn.

They won’t even let it smolder long

They feel it will destroy and set things wrong.

True, a fire can diminish all in its wake,

but remember its sharp ability to create–

to make something new of what was before,

to push us forward and knock down stubborn doors.

Fire symbolism turns up in expected places this week! Evening walk.

A Teacher’s Challenge, Dreams interpreted

Dreams deconstructed with the aid of Google: “Dreaming of darkness coming over you signifies failure at work.” That feeling hits me all the time. Never thinking I have done enough. But there was a candle in the darkness.

“To dream that you jump over or break through a wall means you will overcome some tough obstacles and succeed.” I did not break through, but I eased through an opening in the wall and discovered what was behind it. Works for me! Take that, dream interpreter. Just think of how many walls a teacher faces in a day, how many walls s/he helps to build (referencing Pinky Floyd here) or how many can be chiseled away into nothing. So, my dream was one of success, of victory. Why can’t I have hilarious, cartoon-like dreams? Oh, never mind.

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