Opening Up in Sweet Surrender

all those beings
passing you along in their white wings
blowing gently, to give you breath
and silently singing
praise
and honor
all those beings
standing on the curve of the horizon
brightly colored, smiling deeply
waiting your arrival
with patience and calm
all those beings
lined up
behind you, tethered
asking for
freedom
from the thieves of joy
and the shaming
imploring you
to let them heal, release them now
opening up in sweet surrender
to the beings
walking with you
leading forward
rising
upward
with the wind

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Beverly Gordon

Beverly Gordon is a writer, a visual artist, and workshop leader who has long been passionate about “deep seeing” and helping people appreciate both the material and inner, intuitive worlds. She was a professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for nearly 30 years, specializing in people’s relationships with art, designed environments, and everyday objects. Her books include Shaker Textile Arts and Textiles: The Whole Story (aka, The Fiber of Our Lives: Why Textiles Matter), and The Saturated World: Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women’s Lives.

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