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,
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
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
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.
The First Moments of the Day
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.
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
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
and the depth of simple things,
forward and back
- by my beautiful sister Sofia Enggren