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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Climbing

I stride over these steep mountains with a small flock of birds winging in my hair, circling my head, securely riding my shoulder.  



No one ever said the life of a mountaineer would be easy, and I never asked for a level path.  But these last few days, I've had to climb on all four, the footing has been shaky, and the smallest stones have threatened my progress.  When I've run out of food, these birds have brought sustenance to me.  When I've been tempted to throw my bags down and wait out the storm, they've shown me a steady path.  Solitude they've respected, but silence was never a barrier.
The phoenix breathed trust to me, in me, rekindling that flame of self-belief.  
The raven cried comfort, in her beautiful guttural song, "I too am here, and we are not lost." The owl with the bright yellow plumes rode close and quiet, but firm in her support.  
The humming bird asked, in her silvery song, and that was enough.  
The chirpy little shorebird, always clear to my soul, reminded me of my purpose, reminded me how to laugh.

And from the spindly branches of the birch to the deep burgundy buds of the cherry blossoms, a host of robins, starlings, and chickadees trill together in lilting chords:
Winter, the great cleanser, the great quiet, the season of silence and struggle, is passing
And Spring, our beloved Spring is coming, riding the breeze from the East
So look up.
Stop thinking so hard.
Breathe.
Give thanks.


And now as I sit here today, I feel hope flooding though my limbs.  I have crested this precipice. And the scales are slowly falling from my eyes.  
We're going to make it.

Please remind me when I forget.
- Umber

5 comments:

mme. bookling said...

This post gave me chills.
Your stunning in the struggle,
But brilliant on the crest.

I shade my eyes.

jordan said...

no words. but i'm here to listen anyway.

The Noisy Plume: said...

I'll ALWAYS remind you, between sips of nectar, I will.

Thanks for being my light yesterday and today.
LOVE LOVE

Michaela Dawn said...

... this was simply beautiful... and your words will be resounding in my heart through the day, reminding me we are all Okay...

Take care beautiful bird

she said...

i'm flying by you all the time, and you by me, and it's what gets us through. you thank me and i thank you...

love,
she.