Due to attending a funeral out of town, I’ve spent the last few days away from home, my computer, and a television. Hence, I’ve missed the last few days of the Olympics and posting here on this blog.
I am aware, however, that tonight is the closing ceremony, and I hope to make it home in time to see it. To close this series, and in honor of the Olympic athletes, their victories and their disappointments, their dedication and their willingness, I am posting a poem I wrote last year. It was in honor of the women in the first graduating class of my year-long Be You Out Loud program.
I hope you enjoy it.
For my BYOL 0610 “Lovelies”
It’s the end of a time here;
It’s the beginning of another.
The overlap of now and
Next is ephemeral and
Palpable. How can that be? Our minds say.
We just do. Our souls answer. It just is.
We celebrate that which brought us here,
That which we thought we knew but
Which reveals more to us as we open to see the more of it.
We celebrate that which we’ve experienced here
That which we expected and didn’t, that which we wanted and didn’t
Get, that which revealed us to us as we opened to us.
We called upon the centers of ourselves
To birth more of what came to be born.
We wonder what will come
Now at this closing,
Now that we are open
Both dying and being born in this moment.
We celebrate the multitude of births of essence
That deaths of form allow. We birth the new, the ancient
The us we are and will be.
Because we opened to worlds within and outside,
We opened our eyes our minds and our hearts,
To every single thing possible …
We go forth into the dark
Of going forth into the light
We are going, we are growing
We are grateful
We are courageous
Above all, we celebrate
That we are willing.
Laura Overstreet Biering, copyright, May, 2011