Apachi Prayer

Full moon rising over San Agustinillo, Mexico

May the sun bring you new energy by day
May the moon softly restore you by night
May the rain wash away your worries
May the breeze blow new strength into your being
May you walk gently through the world
And know its beauty all the days of your life.

Apachi Prayer

My lovely Aunt Mary sent me this beautiful poem for my birthday last month. I wanted to share its grace and wisdom with you.

What You See

purple coneflower blossom
What You See

You notice what I accomplish - 
the hard, tangible results of my effort.
Therein lies your appreciation:
How what I deliver benefits you. 

And, yes, while I signed on to serve, 
to contribute to greater good 
in the world of your collective power, 
is it possible
for you to notice
who I am, 
all that I carry within me? 

Will you not water my seeds, 
that I might blossom before you? 

Perhaps I will simply 
flower in beauty 
that your eyes could behold 
just in case
they ever really going looking for it. 

I wrote this poem when I was working, during performance review time, when the manager I had at the time seemed especially focused on results without much appreciation for who I am and the value I brought through my way of being.

beholding beauty

Lake Koronis, Minnesota
beholding beauty

the bird’s song 
pulls my eyes
into the heart
of the tree

now I’m gazing
upon a beautiful giant
full and green and leafy
against the pale blue sky
of this sunny day

instead of tracking
my path ahead
on the paved trail
I feel alive
in the beauty
I get to behold