Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sunday Scribblings {My Shoes}


If you could walk around in my shoes,
slip into my skin,
for just a moment,
you'd see just how full my heart really is,
how it holds so much love,
so much fear.
You'd see all the dreams holding me together,
all the things I hunger and yearn for,
all the hopes breathing and evolving,
and you'd see all the broken and shattered pieces
of dreams that crashed and burned,
dreams that never had the chance to try their wings.
You'd see all the choices I've made,
the ones I'm proud of,
the ones I regret,
and the ones I wrestle with everyday
as I faithfully attempt to build a life
that satisfies my deepest needs
for love and growth and connection.
If you could slip into my shoes for one small moment
you'd see the incredibly intense contradiction
of strength and struggle,
beauty and brokenness,
determination and depression,
gratitude and grief,
solace and surrender.
You'd see the doubts that plague
the darkest corners of my heart,
the ones I'm trying so desperately to shine a light on
so that they won't consume me with their dread.
You would finally be able to see life through my eyes
and perhaps you could come to understand
what really makes me who I am,
what makes me tick,
what sets my soul on fire,
what keeps me up at night.
And you'd see that I'm really not all that different from you.
We both have our moments,
good ones,
bad ones.
We're both burdened and wounded
and yet we continue on this journey.
We continue to delve deeper and deeper
into creativity and imagination,
into stories and poetry,
into healing and acceptance,
into loving and being loved,
into knowing and being known,
into the very soul of life.
If you could walk around in my shoes
for just a moment,
you'd see all of this
and so much more.

23 Comments:

Anonymous krista said...

so often your words on this site reverberate with me. i think, our shoes, are the same size.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

I was sure you'd come up with something wonderful for this, and you did.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Beautiful writing! It would be such an extraordinary experience to be able to slip into someone else's skin and walk through their life for a day or two. Can you imagine if this technology existed, and could be mandatory -- kind of like "wife swap" on TV but "life swap" -- we could be required to get a kind of license like a driver's license, only it would be an empathy license, proving that we'd spent X number of days experiencing X number of different lives! Ooh, that sounds like a story...

10:58 PM  
Blogger Ali la Loca said...

I love the words and I love the accompanying black and white photo of your shoes.

Reading your blog makes me feel a bit like I'm walking in your shoes. It reminds me of the places I've left behind (New Mexico / Texas) and the things I always will carry with me (creativity, dark and light, broken and beauty).

Thank you for this lovely post.

12:01 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Absolutely beautiful poem!

3:48 AM  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

Yes. You write with such openness and such heart that you allow us to feel what it must be to be in your shoes, and it is an honour to be allowed that access, and I am reminded that when someone allows this, it is important to "tread softly, because you tread on my dreams"

3:51 AM  
Anonymous beansprout said...

I would consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to put on your shoes, slip into your skin, and sit behind your eyes. Sometimes when people ask me what I do for a living I reply, "I sit behind the eyes of others." Thanks so much for this.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Living Part Deux said...

The idea of walking in someone else's life steps is so very powerful. I feel that you allow us to step into many of your shoes and see so many facets of you - you honor us and give us a wonderful gift.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

I just love this...I so feel your feelings too!!!!

I really am digging the b & w photos...they are beautiful and well as you!!!

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer (she said) said...

i just couldn't have said it better. so much here, if not everything here feels as if you were writing about my life. these lines feel especially vivid for me today: you'd see the incredibly intense contradiction of strength and struggle, beauty and brokenness,determination and depression...

thank you for telling your truths, because it helps me to tell mine. maybe i've said this before, but in case i haven't, i wanted you to know. when you give yourself the way you do, in a public way, there is another layer to the work you do in your private space. thank you.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Can we walk hand in hand?

8:51 AM  
Blogger tara dawn said...

Your words just flow in a lovely, beautiful, fragile way...and I love it! I love how you have offered us a glimpse of standing in your shoes...what it is like to live your life and to be you...and the reminder that we are all not so different...thank you for this!
Love to you,
TD

8:53 AM  
Blogger Josephine said...

I think your words are your shoes. This is a great piece of writing!

9:32 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

still loving the black and white photos
and the words you write...

:)

9:34 AM  
Blogger M said...

I love this! What a brilliant perspective! Love your photos as well!!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

your shoes and how you walk in them is beautiful.

10:08 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

This was amazing. I loved every line, every poetic verse. You live with such a deep purpose and hunger for understanding. I admire your "shoes".
a.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Mardougrrl said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

10:33 AM  
Blogger lovegreendog said...

your b&w photo series and poetry could easily be bound into a book, you are an artist

12:32 PM  
Blogger Kamsin said...

This is beautiful. Thank you so much. I've always wanted to have the chance to walk in other people's shoes, to see the world from a whole new perspective, to connect in a radical way with other souls and their journeys, and to see things I never get to see when I'm stuck in my shoes. So thanks for the invite, your poems and pictures and stories let me get a glimpse of what it's like in your shoes and maybe they'll help me take better steps when I'm back in mine.

1:53 PM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

Your writing is really beginning to come out of you and you have a gift with words. You will find your solace girlfriend and you're right, we aren't so different.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Your words were beautiful! I must visit more often :)

4:30 PM  
Blogger lela said...

perfect! i love it!

7:19 PM  

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