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A Poem for Monday: “Shells”


The heart does not expand
From an empty shell.
The seed is there inside
Waiting for the moment.

It takes a special love
To break through that shell.
The germ hovers in bonds
Trembling in dark potential.

The light waits calmly
Just outside the shell.
The sprout presses its power
Seeking a weakness and release.

Suddenly love explodes
Through that hard shell.
The tender life wiggles free
Reaching toward the light.

The heart embraces all life
To escape that empty shell.
The community grows
Filling the world with love.


©2012 Richard W. Bredeson. All rights reserved.

PS: Join Rosemary and me for a special meditation on Wednesday at noon: 12/12/12 at 12:00 PM Eastern/9:00 AM Pacific. Just dial 1-218-862-1300, and the code to enter is: 143201. We will be holding the space and welcoming in the energy of this special time.

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