You once occupied my heart
My heart’s intentions were on you
Now what remains are blackened walls
Charred embers of efforts not taken
I scrape these heart walls
Scrape them to a pile of ashes
As I hold the ashes in my hands
The love I have left turns them to a dove
I blow on it’s tail feathers
As she flies away
Steven Schleupner, 2018
As I lift the cover to my heart
And climb down each rung,
I feel the turmoil built over time.
It speaks of uncertainty of who I am.
Archetypes have formed, molding
Me, shaping my views.
They are hard to escape, and
Prevent me from knowing.
Who is the real Father?
The guy playing catch, or
The guy sacrificing for his clan?
Who is the real Husband?
The guy who walks hand in hand, or
The guy who suffers for his clan?
Who is the real son, friend, neighbor?
I am blind to these.
Who am I?
Take another step down the ladder
Within my heart.
I can’t see, just feel.
Life is giving me opportunity
To see, to believe.
But, this damn archetype
Shadows the clarity.
I know I am the son of God,
That love for me and others
Is all that is asked.
© Steven Schleupner, 2017 excludes photo
Always believe in the Beloved’s will.
Lighting love by forgiving core wounds.
Loneliness is an illusion, a separation from God.
Innocence is yours, as a child of the Beloved.
Sins are here for you to forgive – – you are imperfectly perfect.
Wayward hearts – – seek beats from within.
External desire, shame, and fear set them afloat.
Lessons are here for healing.
Let them reign in your wayward ways.
Many exclaim injustice as judgement of themselves.
Yelling at, kicking, and punching their own best efforts.
Separation happens when control and attachment take root.
Oneness happens when faith, gratitude, and forgiveness shine daily.
New days are coming, with new lessons and new miracles.
© Steven Schleupner, 2017, excludes photo
Journeys can traverse seas of sorrow.
They can carve stone so strong,
they meld one’s mind into illusion.
They can stall in headwinds of fear, Continue reading
The feathers of a peacock
shine in their uniqueness
like no other.
They fan and show brilliance. Continue reading
In honor of my brother-n-law who passed one year ago today.
Know each day
I am the light on your back,
the wind in your ear
carrying the music of a songbird, Continue reading
Light shines equally on all
saint and sinner
whole and broken
synchronous and struggling
creative and fearful Continue reading
Solitude on a lonely pond
Frozen waters of past
Support my feet
Cold winds shift my gaze Continue reading
A sorry tear is a special tear.
It streams cheeks only
when eyes can see straight
to a fracture on another’s heart. Continue reading
Grace the presence of this Earth
as a ray of sun.
For you are the son, yes, you, Continue reading