Profound sense of sadness something inside has died
Innocence has shattered more youth from me pried
My everyday was taken I was given tears
Have I been forsaken by my god of many years
My compass is spinning I have lost control
Emotions gyrate inside my huge empty hole
I recognize the anger a desire to attack
Even though heart’s chamber knows that will not bring things back
We must endure sadness mourn fully what is gone
Realize what is missing awake in shock at dawn
Cannot cut short the mourning pretend it is not so
Or cover it with palliatives that ignore the huge blow
Get down into your anger feel the burning rage
Sense it pacing in your heart a lion in its cage
Recognize within the heartache anguish fear and pain
Sunny expectations are now dark clouds of rain
Sit within that sadness know what now is gone
Sit be still and feel the pain nothing’s to be won
Victory is knowledge steadfastness and resolve
Demonstrate your wisdom is more powerful than their shove
Find out what was missing caused them to lash out
See what needs forgiving let your humanity shout
Let go all sense of enemy let love fill your heart
You’ve not been forsaken just shown another part
All here are play actors performing on god’s stage
We’ve come to learn our lessons feel wisdom love and rage
Let go of isolation of your lonely “I”
We are all connected under a sacred sky
At the end of this journey we can choose to go home
You get to come back again if your stuff you won’t own
Take heart in the messages you hear from inside
Honor your own voices it’s OK to have some pride
You are a sacred temple a noble house erect
Cautious of the meddling of those you “should” respect
Be brave enough to honor your own eternal truth
You cannot any longer hide behind the illusion of your youth
Speak your own perspective you are a voice of god
There are many others in each and every pod
Bless your own experience respect others’ too
No winners or losers that’s an old taboo
Allow the play of freedom to frolic on stage
Allow repressive forces and those who won’t engage
The end is the beginning of something that is new
Remember in your grief and pain the only out is through
What have your biggest lessons been?
What is the crucible that contained them?
How do those lessons inform you today?
Who would you be without those lessons?
What have you done in response to those lessons?
How have those lessons and disillusionments served you?
Can you be thankful for them?
– Stewart Levine ©
I have always been a seeker, always looking for the answers to what seekers ponder. I can remember Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Psychocybernetics; Dr. Carl Rogers On Becoming a Person. Moving through my legal training and practicing law the focus was always about people and how to better their lives. All that searching, reading, studying and introspective work culminated in this collection of daily readings for seekers.
My work in the world has progressed from fighting legal cases to mediating divorces to helping people understand the essentials of relationship and collaborating to these poems. How can we collaborate effectively and work with each other in harmony to create the world we seek. How can we mindfully enable this world to become a place that works for all.
My prayer is that through introspection using these poems as a guide we can all grow together in making the world the Heaven on Earth we all aspire toward.
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