Whispers of Wisdom

26 May 2023

In silence, I listened.

To the wind. To foreign words, in sound and song.

To those strangers who didn’t care.

To friends who still don’t call me correctly by name.

To the aging smiles of a married couple dining on meatball heroes.

To confessions and emotions of the cherished, in pain through their grief.

I traveled anyway, alone to this harbor. Not knowing why.

I prayed in breaths.

I thought of Rumi, wisdom whispered in words.

I turned to one, then another, and another, and…only to find myself – sore and lost.

I limped up hills and through holes, in solitary, as life persevered.

In silence, I surrendered to trust, this time, not knowing what else to do.

And after the uneasy night, life transfigured into a birth of discovery

that only listening and seeking can grant,

mirrored by a melding fusion of words rising with a dawning sun.

By jjillgallery

Quietly seeking to meet Trust wherever Life leads, I understand service as key to gratitude and balance. Freshwater woodlands evoke the most serenity in me wherever they're found. I've shared space & time on terrain of my Ligurian and Oscan ancestors, feeling their souls guiding me, especially in silent contemplation. Today, after over thirty years of engagement in programs for children, secondary, university and adult learning, the gifts life brings on Long Island's Matinecock-Algonquin earth, I try to give & receive with grace.

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