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Friday’s Poem: Casting No Shadow

[Warning: this poem contains a four-letter word that may offend some people. It is a word for material found in the bottom of a bird cage and rhymes with grit. If this word offends you please read no farther!]

I am fresh from the Christine Kloser event, known simply as “Breakthrough,” for Transformational Authors. I have known Christine and her event for several years; this one was her sixth; it was the first one I attended. And I can honestly say this was the best of all personal growth conferences, retreats and other such meetings I have ever attended! I did come away transformed in several ways. I will write more about this in a later post.

For now I want to offer this poem, dedicating it to Christine and all of the friends and fellow poets I spent three quality days with this week:

Casting No Shadow

Standing in the Center under high Sun,
Casting no shadow
I wonder:
Where has all that shit, my shit gone?

Earth, Mother, accepts it all
Composting it, the shit, into food:
Rooting soil
For the wonder and beauty of the lotus.

Facing East, bowing to the rising Sun,
Shadow stretching West
I wonder:
How far does that trail of shit extend?

Great Bear of the West doesn’t care;
His shadow absorbs all darkness
Sending life
Deep into the root and stem of the lotus.

Facing West, bowing to the setting Sun,
Shadow disappearing into the night
I wonder:
While the Mother sleeps, who stirs the shit?

The Great White Way of the night sky
Carves a graceful turn to churn
Rotting waste
Feeding the growth and awakening the lotus.

Facing North, bowing to the Great White Way,
Soft Moon shadows glowing in the night
I wonder:
How can shit survive this peace and beauty?

Cosmic Energy, creative power
Pumps the life-blood, pure potential
Filling mud
With juice to enliven the lotus bud.

Facing South, bowing to the warming Sun,
Shrunken shadow withering to the North
I wonder:
How can so much shit generate all this beauty?

Earth and Fire, Mother and Sun
Join in Holy Union, merging love and light;
Ascending we
Witness the opening, Jewel in the Lotus!

(Om mani padme hum!)




©2018 Richard W. Bredeson. All rights reserved.

  1. October 22, 2018 at 11:24 am

    It was such a blessing to have you in the room this year at Breakthrough, Richard (and Zane) and everyone!! And to hear your words that this was the best of all personal development conferences, retreats, seminars you’ve ever attended is not something I take lightly. As you experienced, this is sacred work to me and for everyone in attendance. And it’s a joy to see this poem birthed from your experience at the event.

    • October 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Christine, your Breakthrough retreat this year was a blessing and a treat for me personally and for all who were touched by you. Sacred work indeed! Thank you!

  2. Zane Roelen
    October 21, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Only thing I can say is……..This Shit’s Highly Addictive!!!!

    • October 21, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Yes, it is. Stay clear, stay cool, stay grounded, reach for the light!

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