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Christmas at Midlife

Christmas at Midlife by Mary Anne Perrone

“I am no longer waiting for a special occasion; I burn the best candles on ordinary days.
I am no longer waiting for the house to be clean; I fill it with people who understand that even dust is Sacred.
I am no longer waiting for everyone to understand me; It’s just not their task
I am no longer waiting for the perfect children; my children have their own names that burn as brightly as any star.
I am no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop; It already did, and I survived.
I am no longer waiting for the time to be right; the time is always now.
I am no longer waiting for the mate who will complete me; I am grateful to be so warmly, tenderly held.
I am no longer waiting for a quiet moment; my heart can be stilled whenever it is called.
I am no longer waiting for the world to be at peace; I unclench my grasp and breathe peace in and out.
I am no longer waiting to do something great; being awake to carry my grain of sand is enough.
I am no longer waiting to be recognized; I know that I dance in a holy circle.
I am no longer waiting for Forgiveness. I believe, I Believe.

-Mary Anne Perrone

Bring the Moon Over the Meadows

“Bring the moon over the meadows

As you settle down the sun,

And we’ll go dancing with the dark,

Racing the rivers where they run.

For the heart always needs places

No-one else knows that you are,

So you may sew yourself anew

Beneath a blanket made of stars.

Then in the morning like all rivers

We’ll find our footprints by the sea,

And at last you will be you

And I finally feel like me.”

-Erin Hanson

Footsteps in the Sand
Footsteps in the Sand