CJ McPhee

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Letting Go and Flying Free

I saw it,
What you left behind.
I smiled to myself as I picked it up.
I turned it in my hand,
And carried it through the forest,
Feeling like a child with a secret treasure.

At the clearing,
I was met by the wind herself.
She picked it up too,
Making my hand lift effortlessly,
Giving me insight into your cooperative play and power.

Letting go as you did,
Leaving it there for me to see so obviously,
For me to notice,
For me to receive,
The release of it did not seem to pain you.

For only moments before,
My eyes followed your flight on the tree line,
Above my world.
I did not hear you cry out,
Nor hear you fall in anguish.
I heard only the silence you brought,
To my thoughts.

I wonder now, as I walk down the hill,
Delighted still,
What reality do you live in?
How does your perception feed you?
What dimensions do you fit in?
Might you just be passing through when I see you?
Did you come from a place not so far but invisible to my eyes?
A place here but not completely in my here…..yet.

More importantly, what might I set free,
With the hidden potential to be,
A secret treasure to another childlike someone?

Reflections:   What belief systems do you carry that no longer serve you?  What would it feel like to appreciate how that belief system helped you at one time AND to let it go?  Can you imagine how much freer and childlike you would feel in the knowing that your value is a constant in other dimensions not so far away from you?

Poem and Painting by CJ McPhee

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4 Responses to “Letting Go and Flying Free”

  1. carl patrick thinks:

    March 3rd, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    another incredible and thought provoking piece. it makes you open your eyes and mind to freeing yourself from old belief systems and opening up to those that will benifit you today.

  2. CJ McPhee thinks:

    March 19th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Carl, Many thanks for reading the piece and sending me a comment. It is a joy to connect with others through my writing.

  3. Eugene thinks:

    March 4th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I love the painting – dreamlike but reminds me so much of the mountains here in Oregon. Met by the wind. Such a sense of hiking by oneself, but never alone.

  4. CJ McPhee thinks:

    March 19th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Eugene! Thanks so much for giving the poem a read and for taking the time to write your lovely comment. I remember painting the mountains. It felt like magic to see them appear. I saw several hawks today during my walk in the woods.
    And i found another hawk feather last week hanging from a branch near my path. Hmm, alone or not alone. CJ


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