The Tree Grew

Beginning from seed

Guided by the wind

Taken by forces

Realized and Unknown

Scattered around

Some planted in ground

But this one found

A rock to brighten

Forcing its way

Through the cracks

And crevasses

No more determined

To be underground

A force to be re-connected with

Understanding true self

Making the powerful voice

Heard without measure

Gracefully arising and showing expression

This tree was once just a seedling

And now is fully grown and understood

…by Pauline Harris

Tiny Pebbles


Out stretched before me
Lay tiny pebbles
Enabling a pathway
To somewhere and yet no where
Shattered glass seemed
To be placed atop each one
But alas, the glass was an illusion
Really portraying speckled water
Droplets sparkling like diamonds
Tempting flutters of the heart
With compassion and mercy
Gracefully I take a short step
Forward and to the right
Respecting the guidance
Set before me
Allowing growth
Creating wonders
Insights into the unknown
And yet deep within
Gratefulness blooms
As my expression
Of this joyney
Through life.
Hope carries on.
By Pauline Harris

Locked in a Corner

Invited to join in
I went willingly
As the invitation
Was rare to say the least
Following my friends
To a secret entrance
Waking in steps
One after another
Loosing sense
Of time and place
Lost in array of nuances
The drinks, the games
And now, alone
Locked inside
With no place to go
Yelling and screaming
To be let go
My voice is no longer
Weeping tears
Wanting, desiring someone
Anyone to hear
My whisper of love
Calls out strongly
Does anyone hear?
A crack of light
Shines so brightly
Awakening my grasp
I am free at last
By Pauline Harris

Step Aside


You are different
From me, are you not
I cannot learn from you
The differences are too great
Wait a minute
I liked that thought
The flavours soothed
My soul down deep
Refreshing to awaken
My spirit is alive
A new moment
In pleasure pallets
My very being with love
And multitudes of joy
My selfishness of the past
Is gone, please accept
My apologies
For I am humbled
And grateful
By Pauline Harris

Glimpse of Light


My eyes are closed
Tightly shut
Not a spark
Of light to see
All alone
Deep in thought
A touch
On my shoulder
I shiver
First in fear
For I know not
Whose hand has
Dared touch me
In my moment
Of solitude
Trying to remain
Calm thoughts
Breathing in
Breathing out
Deep breathes
As I open one
Eye to see
On the hand
I realize
The hand was
My own
I laugh
Barrels of joy
By Pauline Harris


‘Count those Blessings
One by one’
For each of us
Needs to know
The joys in life
Help carry us through
From one day
To the future
And beyond
The knowing
And into
The shared
Love and compassion
We all cherish
One by one
Our blessings
Flow like a stream
Sharing and caring
Touching our lives
Spreading across
The planet
Making more
To share these
One by one
Enjoy these blessings
Share these blessings
One to another
By Pauline Harris


inspired by the song ‘Count your blessings’

Lady of Compassion


Traveling around,
She learned to see
More than with her eyes
Her heart led her
To many places
Learning many things
Trying so much
Much beyond her norm
This lady reached
From within
To bring joy
Happy to give
To bring hope
A longing from others
To bring love
As her understanding grew
She offered her
Humble heart
This lady
Brought compassion
To all she came
To know through
Her travels.
By Pauline Harris

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