Music

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Music

Your words a song
Your power the beat of a drum
Your grace notes filling the air
A resounding instrument
Your song leads me
To discover
Who I want to be

My favorite word coming out of the transformational Radical Leadership retreats I attended back in 2005 is possibility. As I’ve reviewed my writings over these past dozen years, curiosity, openness, wonder and hope fill my experience.

In 2009, I began to play with the possibility (smile) of writing a book of poetry. I had a rough collection of some 25-30 poems that I titled “She Just Left Neverland: In Search of Possibility”. My journal has a description of what was happening for me at the time:

It’s coming together
These flashes, these little ideas
Hinting at something

Glimpses of what I can create
when I slow down
And am open in my looking

Through the haze
I see the possibilities shining
And leading me to action

I wrote Music about a colleague, Otema, who gave me the courage to play with my words and explore writing poetry. She was an inspiration and invitation that opened the possibility of poetry for me, and put me in action. Her early advice was so brilliant:

  1. Look for themes in what you are writing
  2. Identify your purpose in sharing
  3. Read lots of poetry
  4. Be authentic
  5. Leave spaces for the reader to fill in

In gratitude.

* I took this photo in Doolin, County Clare, Ireland in 2016.

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