Veritas Inlustrat

"YOU LOOK LIKE THE SUN, AND WHEN YOU DON'T YOU LOOK LIKE THE MOON."
The Indie Chicks
This page exists as somewhere for my thoughts to go. Creation, in any form, anything and everything. Before you love others pure and true, love yourself, for you'll always be you. http://twitter.com/ERIKALANE EMAIL: erikalane@me.com

Joshua Tree

July 2014

-Erika Lane

Birdsong

i have a poem to write

about a little bird

who chirped and chirped

all day in his cage

without ever being heard

then one day there was a girl

in her chest she heard a pound

startled she stopped, she looked about,

she said

hey! what’s that sound?

It thudded and thudded

her panic it grew

it threw her to the floor

where there she wept

for 30 nights

or so the story goes…

she wept and grieved, her heart

it broke

into countless tiny pieces

and when she rose

she heard the birds song

now she sees

now she hears

now she knows

-Sofia Kohl Enggren

http://sofiaenggren.wordpress.com

Photos by Michael Okyere

It is important to always keep your good character - and always live by it even if:

1.) Others don’t notice

2.) Others don’t have the same sense of character.

Keep your good heart always, your good character strong - you noticing that within yourself is a reward all it’s own. 

-Erika Lane

Joshua Tree

July 2014

-Erika Lane

daily om

The First Moments of the Day
Conscious Creation

by Madisyn Taylor 

Each morning when we awake, we have an opportunity to create our day with what inspires us the most.

The moment during the day when we very first open our eyes and come into consciousness is a precious opportunity. It sets the tone for all that comes after it, like the opening scene in a film or novel. At this moment, our ability to create the day is at its most powerful, and we can offer ourselves fully to the creative process by filling this moment with whatever inspires us most. It may be that we want to be more generous, or it may be that we want to be more open to beauty in our daily lives. Whatever the case, if we bring this vision into our minds at this very fertile moment, we empower it to be the guiding principle of our day. 

Sometimes we wake up with a mood already seemingly in place, and it’s important to give this feeling its due. It can inform us and deepen our awareness to what’s going on inside us, as well as around us. As long as we are conscious, we can honor this feeling and also introduce our new affirmation or vision, our conscious offering to the day. We may want to decide before we go to sleep what we want to bring to the next day of our lives. It could be that we simply want to be more open to whatever comes our way. Or we may want to summon a particular quality such as confidence. Then again, we may simply call up a feeling that perfectly captures the texture we want our day to have. 

We can reaffirm our vision or affirmation as we shower and eat breakfast, as well as recalling it at various times throughout the day. We can write it down and carry it with us on a little slip of paper if this helps. Simply by being aware of those first moments, we set the stage for a more conscious, enlivened experience, and we become active participants in the creation of our lives.

http://www.dailyom.com

Sister.

-Erika Lane

8.23.14
-Erika Lane

Paper Bird - As I Am

California Love Poem

I cannot say a thing this morning.

Just the desire to write myself into a more bearable shape.

Something dense, like ink, to stabilize against the jolting…

Each moment comes as an electric shock

body crashes into fated particles

that dance on my surface

& tingle me,

all I want is to submerge

in the sea to lessen some of

the burn from this fire.

Change happens so fast

I whip about as I say hello and goodbye to each instant,

but these are separate rituals

of closing and opening and how do I

weld two bodies into one?

Map the moon as seen from all sides.

Time is like tracing the freckles on your back

documenting their perfect geometry

that was both seen and imagined.

Years later I notice a pattern in the night stars and I taste

the pain of you again…

the infinity we entered which ended

when the lines on our hands split apart,

and your face in the stars began to melt

like butter

on my tongue.

I want to write a love poem for every person I’ve ever known,

for the part within, they didn’t know

they showed me.

There is nothing, now, that can keep me from remaining

wildly awed by my own heartbeat and yours

& for no other sake than this

I travel to the sea-

to swim engulfed in the salty tears of

sacred woe

and the depth of simple things,

like water

rushing

forward and back

- by my beautiful sister Sofia Enggren

http://sofiaenggren.wordpress.com

Abandoned amusement park 
Berlin, Germany
-Erika Lane
UP
Berlin, Germany
-Erika Lane

"Come Down" Paper Bird

Stockholm, Sweden

August 2014