The Return of the Ruler

Macro photo of blue butterfly with orange spots a top tiny pink flowers. Shame's stealthy homecoming has pulled my heart under, yet we will fly again.shame

I recognize you


my companion
these months

you have seen
my moments
of fear

as opportunities
to worm back in

stealthy homecoming
the return of the ruler
of my heart

gift from my mother
I thought I had soared
beyond your reach

I believed my time with butterflies
had been my escape
from you

I believed the Divine
had outshone your greedy hands

yet you pull at my heart
and my heart is pulled under

let’s sit together
one last time
letting tears fall
and pain squeeze through my soul

and tomorrow
we will breathe love
into every ounce of me
and you

so we can fly once more

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6 Responses to The Return of the Ruler

  1. Kim Noeth November 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Lovely…….I’ve had my visits too.

  2. Emmanuelle November 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Beautiful post Teresa, thank you for sharing those words <3

  3. Lorraine November 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Your words cut to the core of truth. We think we have overcome only to be brought crumbling down. Yet we are not in the same spot as before. We have moved so yes, we can fly again. Powerful.

  4. Sue Kearney ( November 13, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Wow, so tender and beautiful. My heart to yours.

    Thanks for sharing your powerful truth.


  5. Serenity November 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    I love butterflies and I love your verse about the and how you metaphorically linked that to overcoming shame.

    Totally awesome.

    Infinite Love

  6. Stephanie Lin November 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Raw and beautiful. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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