Sometimes, we catch a glimpse.
Our gazes wander and search.
For our fascinations.
For our dreams.
Maybe today, we catch our shadow.
Of who we are.
Of who we might be.
Our regal colors of intensity.
For our quest.
For our inspiration.
Maybe, we get lost.
We lose our way.
We lose our sight.
Our plans of peace, a shadow in our hearts.
Of what we want.
Of what we deserve.
But sometimes, our shadows emerge.
Our glimpses become clear.
Our hearts rejoice in the pureness of another day.
In all our glory.
In all our differences.
In every detail.
In every moment.
This poem is dedicated to my friend, and my mother-in-law, Sue Kelcey who has emerged from a brain aneurysm and stroke to tell the entire family and hospital floor how much she loves them. How special they are and to thank them for taking care of her since the end of September. Her heart filled with beautiful intention of getting home.
When I wonder why I am blogging, and what is it all for…..I think of her life journey. A journey that gives me inspiration to do what I do (and stop complaining already!).
I think of the pain she has been through. The struggle of physical therapy and her desire to hold hands with her family to celebrate life. Every memory, of every touch, and every touch, of every day; what kept her pushing through it all. I think of the moment this Sunday, when she hugged her granddaughters to her chest for the first time in months. Heaving sobs of gratefulness into their silky hair and squeezing them close with her one working arm. Every moment, every detail. It was beautiful. Hold on. You never know when your last day is here. Cherish the ones you have.
Encourage love. Encourage acceptance. Speak your heart. Live your dreams. Believe. The shadows are nothing but fear.
What inspires you?
Prompt 2)Write about a time someone made you smile *through the happy tears*
Photos from the Butterfly Conservatory at the State Fair of Texas.
35 thoughts on “The Shadow in Me”
Fantastic news that your MIL is doing better. I cannot wait until she has recovered fully and can be released.
That last photo is nice Angelia. What wonderful and amazing news about your MIL – what a great Thanksgiving present for the entire family. Beautiful post.
Absolutely beautiful, words and photography. A lovely tribute to a lovely woman from another lovely woman. Love really does conquer all!
Wow. What a powerful post. Absolutely beautiful…the words and the photos.
So glad to hear that your MIL is doing so well. Beautiful poem and lovely pictures.
Beautiful words to go with beautiful photos! That last shot is stunning!!
As I rejoiced along with this beautiful tribute–the lovely poem and pretty pictures, all dedicated to your mother-in-law, I couldn’t help but be reminded of how important our parents and grandparents are: our elders. Their lives and examples can have a profound impact on the direction our own take. Thanks for sharing this.
Simply beautiful, both words, and photos!
no butterflies around here anymore! Lucky you!
Beautiful poem -what an inspiration!
Beautiful poem and pictures. I’m so glad and happy for your family that your MIL came through. 🙂
Yay! I love it. I love the photos, the poem, the fact that your MIL is doing better and is such an amazing woman.
Heartwarming, Angelia. Thank you for sharing.
Beautiful post – so many great photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Beautiful! I love the last photo. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.
The last picture is beautiful… Wonderful news about you MIL’s recovery a miracle
Beautiful photos. I’m now wishing there was a butterfly conservatory by my house.
Beautiful photos…beautiful poem.
Happy to hear mom-in-law is on the mend!!
This was simply beautiful. You are an inspiration.
What inspires me? YOU inspire me, my dear!!
Beautiful photos and sentiment. Truly.
What a beautiful poem, she’s lucky to have you as a daughter in law. I hope she’s doing better.
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner
Amazing… your photograhy is just beautiful… especially when complimented by your words. I am so happy to hear about your MIL… We are having similar difficulty with death in our home. My hubby’s hero… his uncle… only 46… home yesterday on hospice. Which I wrote on a few days ago: http://ournextchapters.com/2010/11/13/a-chaos-of-ordered-emotions/
I’m so glad to hear your MIL is doing better!
Ooh, love that third pic!
Beautiful photos and words-a beautiful tribute! Angelia-you are a walking, breathing soul.
Hey there! I just stumbled upon your blog and I wanted to let you know how much I LOVE it! great post. I will be back for more!
absolutely perfect. brought a tear to my eye, but in that wow what an awesome train of thought to get to be a part of… and what an brave and loving woman you are so lucky to have in your life.
what a wonderful post and beautiful pictures. it moved me for sure.
Very True, Great Shots!
Gorgeous photos, and what beautiful words 🙂
Thank you for sharing us your beautiful view about life through your poem and photos. Just the right combination. Wishing your dear MIL finer days after her rough ones. Take care, Sweetie. Love and Peace!
It isn’t an original comment, but it bears repeating: BEAUTIFUL! Thoughts and prayers going out to your mother-in-law during her recovery, and special wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all of you! Your posts and your spirit are so inspirational.
Wonderful post. Beautiful pictures and beautiful heartfelt words.
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Beautiful. I want to appreciate each moment as if it were my last. Wouldn’t that be a great life. thank you and Sue so much for sharing.