one bright new now
you looked around at your life
and you realized
that with very few exceptions
those who had shared time on your path
for years (or just a blink)
had failed to understand
the choices you appeared to make
and you felt the quiver of their
condemnation in your heart
it was never easy walking the Fool’s highway;
sometimes you even fell by the wayside
convinced that you were terminally confused
as you glanced in the mirror of mainstream mediocrity
with its demands for evenness, respectability,
often it was too hard to find words
that would find a lucid landing-place
in the minds of those you so dearly wished
could understand your crazy irrationality,
that would make it clear that you weren’t depressed
or ill, or lost
but that you were a soul driven by a contract with Truth
(you had signed up, remember, when still too young
to understand the consequences)
that you were a thread of gossamer
on the breath of Life
let me die to the dull respectability of the world
with its need to turn me into a story
let me forever be a Fool
in the hands of the lawless Lover
– miriam louisa
Image: Tarot of the Magical Forest by Leo Tang
Wow!! So beautifully expressed Miriam! What a gem! Thank you for this gift…
Dearest Susan – you are so welcome! It’s heart-warming to have your comment and know that you resonate … we are Fools hand-in hand 🙂
Love to you
Thanks for your appreciative comment @Personal Concerns … your blog is an eclectic feast!
yes, yes, you have company on the fool’s highway! love this line: “a soul driven by a contract with Truth”
Yes, dear C – your company is felt and appreciated on this unmapped creative Way.
May your New Year align you (and all of this band of free-falling Fools) 100% with that sacred contract!
Love, and courage – to you
Dearest ML…Thanking you for all this delicious Fool’s GOLD 🙂
Thank you for your comment dear Leslie – and for your loyal company on this little blog. You are such a delight to travel with!
Beautiful, wayfaring companion, emelle.
Thank you dearest Katherine – there’s no telling where this New Year will take us, but your company is precious.
Oh, Miriam! How I love this poem. I so relate! Thank you for this breath of air, this precious flower, this minuet for a dancing (madwoman?) fool. I love the phrases, “lucid landing-place,” and “a soul driven by a contract with Truth.” Sighing, I thank you.
And I thank YOU dear dancing madwoman Ellen!
I love your house conversion project and the way you share its progress on your blog …
Wishing you a wondrous and happy New Year on the Fool’s Highway