A poem on healing.

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There comes a time
to set down the shield —
the perfect way
you learned
to self-protect,
now ready to move
beyond
unraveling the story
of each unique scar.

Set down the shield.
Tend the wound,
give love
even from the place
where love wasn’t given.
Do this true work,
holding places
to heal,
becoming more whole
in who you are.

Clearing the debris,
find forgiveness
below the grief.
Uncover quiet
center here,
the kind you find
when the fight has ended.

Tomorrow the light will shine —
let it into each nook,
finding you now
open
beneath the defense
kneel here,
practice devotion
to each vision of wholeness
every day
making space,
now free
to hold this all.

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A poem on the moments of love beyond words.

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I see you,
closest in the middle
even through
distant reach —
wisp of hair and flash of eyes,
too far removed
to render anything
but the seeing itself.

It is perfect just as it is:
this moment of love,
simple
even in the passing
you know
what needs to be said:
I love you.
I love this.

Still —
even if no words,
a world unfolds
in a glimpse
each moment
a garden,
a trail along a stream
or serene dip in jeweled lake,
perfect spot
to hold you fluidly
like a dream.

The true journey:
a dive into self
seeing other
and seeing beyond
just here
with each unearthing feeling
slipping now into space
before sleep,
meeting all beloveds
inviting us to simple pleasures,
heavy eyes
bright too
with each reflection
returned.

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A poem on transforming longing.

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When you find yourself
looking for love,
searching
scrolling
for next best thing
never arriving —
rather just be
here
exactly this shape
perfectly landing.

Rather than looking
for love,
be in love.
See the ways you already are
now, within love
swimming
seamlessly
in this beauty-drenched world
beckoning
play, delight
savoring each taste,
fully arrived.

Be in love
here in this place,
even when longing
for more or different.
Lean long
into this yearning
let it become
light shining
into wide orbit:
not seeking,
residing in love—
being
love
giving forth
what you most need,
what is also most needed
bringing grace to this world
with your own
deepest
heart.

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Deborah McNamara

Deborah McNamara

Sustainability & Climate Activist. Yoga Teacher. Author, Invitation of Motherhood: Uncovering the Spiritual Lessons of Parenting. More: www.debmcnamara.com