Tamara Willems

if you go down to the woods today…

It could happen that in the morning 
you 
have (not so unexpectedly) 
awoken the bear 
after a fitful sort of night 
sugar indulged 
night sweats 
and a sore neck 
it will stay with you, this bear 
carrying flashing signs of 
trauma and shame 
attaching them to your heels 
to  
drag behind, as if  
being chased  
the only way you know to keep it  
from lashing out  
at everyone in the house 
is to lead it out, deeper into the forest  
which really  
just happens to be the garden 
where over dramatization seems to suit the day 

out here it’s a whole new  
morning, 
where everything that greets you is 
kindness 
dirt, worms and a toad 
the blue jays and a woodpecker 
trim the roses, pull a little grass 
cut away old stalks
feel the air, watch the sky 
touch the  
sun 
 
let words wash over 
and through 
breathe deeply in 
then 
out 
 
then do it again 
but 
slower, deeper 
softer 

go gently on yourself 
allow 
the bearish-ness to fluff itself 
a little 
as your hands move through 
clumps of dirt and sticks 
welcome a patient kind of 
ease 
as a rather large bee 
bumps along the tightly closed 
blossoms of the 
crabapple tree, searching for something 
sweet 

release the clenching of your 
jaw 
and just… 

be here 
with  

Love  

for this day 

exactly as it is ♥

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