Tuesday, July 21, 2009

You burn, scorch & scar but you will flower again...

So many woes, so little time to soothe.
You see I'm a soother, a mother to anyone in pain. I have had great pain in my life & through this my empathy is off the charts. Not my words, my friend's. She always know when she calls me she'll cry because I encourage her to release if only a trace of the pain that weighs her down.
With all the economic, health, family & other woes I've heard lately a friend told me Monday that she feels like her life has jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Today I tucked this in a pretty card on her chair at lunch.

fire lily

from above an explosion, a racing fury that penetrated
creating a human charred
scarred & seemingly disfigured
I released my woman from beneath it all
within acres of black burnished flaking crusts of
hideousness & nonsense
disaster to the masses
came a warmth steaming & behold myself expressed
arising in a manner only tragedy can impress your core
the pain of erosion & winds discerning
I heard a scream across my skin
but despite the ache great, nature, my creature
we insisted upon the self
somehow through the relics of such combustion
I had the graceful nature to break through
phoenix towards heaven
my species coming into her own
my reign, concocted tears, convoluted years
aggressing to floods of emotion
rinsing away the filth, my debris
my strength dormant now a tendril growing
deeper a shade of green
than the blackest nasty ashy days of but a flick of ignition ago
encrusted once with withering this & dirty clung on that
now I flourish
burning bright
delightfully trusting
thanking the fire that raced across what I once was to create the fire I am

Hang in there my loves.... you shall flower again.


Pink Martini said...

Beautifully put, Alicia. xoxo

Jacqueline said...

Oh Alicia..... you are such a good friend...they say that we are meant to learn a lesson from the pain that we suffer and I think that is true, although we probably don't think of that at the time......we must try to look at the positives, but sometimes it is difficult... I'm sure that you are a great strength to your friends , especially because you have suffered yourself ....... you are a true , true friend. Lots of love XXXX

Dustjacket attic said...

Thank you sweet friend.
DJ xxxooo

Torie Jayne said...

Beautiful post with inspiring pics, you are a treasure x

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Your friend is lucky to have such a good friend to turn to.....and one who writes so beautifully. You are a poet!

Lissa said...

sweet support of your friend!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

A true & talented poet is true Alicia. I am sure your friend appreciates you more than you know. I am immensely sad for your pain & incredibly impressed that you use your experiences to sooth & 'mother' those in need. The images you found are unreal. Makes a person shed a few if not many tears.
Xxx deb

Julie@beingRUBY said...

What a treasure to have a friend like you! A lot of friends don't want to 'hear' the pain! You are very special.. and yes I think a poet!

mimi charmante said...

What a gorgeous and thoughtful post. Anyone would be lucky to call you friend~

Averill said...

Heartwarming. Your friend is lucky to have you around.

Gaia said...

I've got through a very hard test in my life and I know that sometimes the pain you feel it seems to kill you. I'm changed a lot I was happier and less anxoius than hat I am now. But the pain thought a lesson: to learn what is importan and what not, who is your friend and who is just someone you know but you can't count on him. It's hard to believe that the paiin can be good I know.

You must be so proud of yourself, for real!

Lori said...

this is simply beautiful ~ what a wonderful thing to do ~ what a great friend you are.

Caroline at Caroline's Lost and Found said...

That was perfect! Your friend is blessed to have you and thank you for sharing! Take care, Caroline

Courtney said...

What a beautiful friend you are for providing such sweet inspiration. xo

Laura said...

Hi Alicia,
A true friend is a treasure...Your friends are lucky to call you friend....your poem is inspirational...your photos are beautiful...
Peace and ice cream to you too!

Alicia B. Designs said...

That was so beautiful--I really needed that yesterday. I might print that out and save it. Thank you


This post truly warms my heart...
Not only that, enjoying the visual delights as well! Lovely day to you~


bluehydrangea said...

Great picture, great thoughts, great friend!!

Mimi said...

Alicia...I am in tears. My favorite line is when you write, "Thanking the fire that raced across what I once was to create the fire I am".
It is so true... Life is full of so much change and unexpectedness..your experiences, however difficult they may be, will make you stronger. I have experienced it first hand. You are a wonderful friend...and a very thoughtful and passionate woman..Your friend is lucky to have you. I look forward to reading your next entry..this was truly beautiful.

Mimi said...

Hi again Alicia. I just wanted you to know that I sent this poem to someone else in need today. She's been feeling pretty bad herself and I thought I would check in and ask her to read this. I'm sure this will inspire her. I am also adding you to my favorites blog list. I think everyone should have a chance to read your lovely writing.
Thank you!

maureen said...

Alicia, this is so heartfelt. You are such a good friend & I'm definitely lucky to have known you. Your words are very inspiring. I hope your friend just goes through these tough times a stronger & wiser person.

Erin said...

Beautiful and inspirational...what a fantastic friend you are. The images are so lovely too.

Thank you so much for all your kind comments on House of Turquoise. I greatly appreciate your support!

Romantiska Hem said...

Oh what a lovely site you got! Hug Petra E, Romantic Home

Simply Mel said...

Beautiful words and thoughts...you must be a very treasured friend!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

That top image is amazing!!! I was thinking about what you wrote and I fear I'm not so much a soother as an "aid & abetter"!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Alicia -

I received your lovely {as always} comments today. Once again, THANK YOU! Pittsburgh is enjoying some lovely sunny and hot days {my favorite}, so we're doing great in the 'Burgh! I stopped by your blog and I must say every time I stop by you breathe new inspiration into my spirit with your breathtaking photos and beautiful words! I love that fact that you don't post everyday, bringing your readers silly, frivolous thoughts and photos, but that when you do post....you leave me wanting more! Kudos to you for sharing what God has put in your spirit! Thank you! Talk to you soon!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oooo fabulous idea re comment at mine. I was asking a fellow blogger who is seeing his latest movie to give me the low-down on it. It looks so funny. I can remember seeing GB in the TV series Attila the Hun ages ago before he hit the big time!

xxx and hugs DJ