Rearrange the Walls when Necessary

 

I.
Everyday brings about some evolution
of thought or matter or circumstance.
You have everything you need to forge ahead, you know,
except the unbreakable spirit.

II.
How many times will you drag yourself to the wall?
How many times will you scrape your spirit against the bricks?
I know what they told you, but it’s time to let it go.
No god, and certainly no person, is worth the blood on your palms.

III.
Speaking of walls, yes, I understand the necessity of barricades.
And maybe I never told you this, but I would not pass through, even if invited.
I would stand outside the gate, and pluck the thorns from the roses.
In life I seek peaceful solitude & beautiful, if slight, connections.

IV.
This is true: A cage can be comfortable or a life can be sacred.
A cage is not a thing to worship, and a life is wasted in comfort.
The part of you that becomes possessed will not be sated by anger or chains.
Spend your mind when it is frantic, exhaust it, cradle it in both hands until it creates art.

V.
Breathe, my breakable spirit. People and connections will be what they are.
Solid, fleeting, real, or ethereal.
Inside or outside the gate, connecting is a choice.
Breathe, my friend, evolve, and rearrange the walls when necessary.

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9 comments

  1. One cannot evolve without rearranging walls at least occasionally. Being stagnant becomes fetid and full of dis-ease. Sometimes, it is equally as painful to stand still as to move that wall just a quarter of an inch.

    We should move when possible because there are women in the world to whom societies or circumstances do not allow that option. Even if it doesn’t help them to be able to move, it shows that it’s possible. Perhaps painful but possible. And you never know, you might inspire another person to move just a tiny bit!

  2. I think this is my favorite thing I ever read, not just of yours, but anywhere. This part especially is moving,

    Spend your mind when it is frantic, exhaust it, cradle it in both hands until it creates art.

    Your gift with words in incredible. And I agree with Gia, it speaks both to me and from me. Thank you!

  3. Jane, your poetry always stuns me. I get this so much. The futility of never having the “unbreakable spirit”, even if you have everything else. The wanting to be a little outside, and “pluck the thorns from the roses” so that you can make beautiful art. The frantic mind, and the need to “rearrange the walls” to either block or let in others…..I so understand all of this.

    The new banner and pic set such a mood. Eerily beautiful. I know I’ll read this a hundred times over, but just wanted to say Bravo. It’s truly wonderful.

  4. Beautiful, Jane! This speaks to me:

    Everyday brings about some evolution
    of thought or matter or circumstance.

    An uplifting reminder that even when I feel stuck, embedded in solid granite …. change is happening … if even in the most microscopic way.

  5. “People and connections will be what they are.
    Solid, fleeting, real, or ethereal.
    Inside or outside the gate, connecting is a choice.
    Breathe, my friend, evolve, and rearrange the walls when necessary.”
    Nothing truer has been spoken or written.
    Awesome.

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