Skip to main content

THE STARS ARE MY WITNESS by Shailie Dubois

 After finishing my first shift as a night baker at a local cafe, I was not expecting a magical evening to unfold...

I looked up to the night sky and was reminded that the stars are my witness. They patiently wait for us to look up, and when we do, our tunnel vision (created by our busy lives) dissolves and suddenly we can see, hear, and feel a divine presence we often forget. 



The Stars are my Witness  
by Shailie Dubois

Arrange the freshly baked muffins. Check. 
Sweep away the microcosms ohard work. Check. 
Wipe away the evidence of toil.  
Lock the doors. 
Close the gate.  
Check. Check. Check. 

Breath of fresh air 
{Pause} 
The chirping Frogs and Crickets replace my thoughts  

I turn on the flashy lights on my new bike and stroll the streets 
It is dark and I am ashamed to say that the stars surprised me 
"Yes! We have been here the whole time!" 
Awe melts into a smile 

The cool air whips past me  
My ears, nose, fingers, and Spirit is touched by an enlivening chill   
My brow unfurls  
Opening the invisible eye to an 'invisible' world 

Go into the shed.  
Lock up the bike. 
Smile back at my smiley face reflective sticker.

I watch myself walk past the front door and go down to the water
sit on a rock 
The Owls fly between the darkness of the stars 
I feel this to be true 

The dome above me is studded with gentle eyes  
"You worked hard today." 
I can feel their words and they are steeped in laughter  
I smile again, amazed at how I have shot out of a concrete tunnel and into a mystical reality  

There is a Sea Otter below me crunching on something with such delight 
I can feel it's delight
We share this moment  
With the Crickets and Frogs 
With the blips and splashes in the water 
With the distant hum of the humans driving their cars 
And with the Owl, whose call pierces my heart before it reaches its lover

Somewhere between the toil and beauty is a space so vast yet densely packed with wonder 
It carries away the heavy lists made to be checked  
It settles a throbbing mind down into the natural beat of the chest  

The night would not be complete without the heavy breathing of a Harbor Seal on a midnight hunt 
I know how it feels 

Shailie Dubois has a degree in Psychology. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Shamanism Program at the Canadian Centre for Shamanic Studies. She practices Intuitive Prayer Healing, a combination of her studies in psychological well-being, Christianity, Bhakti yoga, shamanic healing, energy healing, prayer therapy, aromatherapy, music, art and a lifetime of dreaming. Her mission is to inspire community rooted in the service of God. She is called to bring people together through artistic expression, sharing stories and songs, and providing sacred space to get lost in and find 'home.' Connect with Shailie on her blog here, or on her Intuitive Prayer Healing Facebook page.


~If you are interested in seeing your poetry appear in this blog, or submitting a poem by a woman that has inspired you, please click here for submission guidelines. I greatly look forward to hearing from you!~ 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I AM STILL HERE by Janavi Held

EDITOR'S NOTE:

This was composed by a very gifted and beautiful soul: a regular contributor to our poetry project, and dear friend of mine, Janavi Held, whose life is gradually being taken from us by an incurable illness. She has been suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Internal Adhesions for six painful years now, and neither her insurance nor the government healthcare will help her. She reaches out to us, her sisters, as a last plea. This is a poem she wrote yesterday on her birthday, in which she offers us the gift of her friendship. May it touch your generous hearts and inspire you to reach out to her in her plight.


Dear Friends,

The last time I was able to leave the house was by ambulance on my way to the hospital. After many long hours in the emergency room I was admitted and taken upstairs. After everyone left I sat on the hospital bed, knees to chest, bracing my body against the pain and trembling.

The light of this cold day was fading. I turned my eyes to the la…

I KEEP GOING by Kai Coggin

(EDITOR'S NOTE: I am sharing this beautiful message by poet Kai Coggin again today, after Kate Spade's tragic death, to give hope to all those thinking about ending their lives right now. If you ned help, please call the National Suicide Hotline: 800- 273- 8255. Your life is a gift to the world. We need you here. Please never forget that.)

To keep going is sometimes both the hardest and easiest step to take out of darkness...
It may not look like a promise to smile, or to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and conquer the world today… it is just a gentle nudge of Spirit, it is holding your head just above water for one more moment, one more hour, one more day, until there is no longer the struggle to keep going, you just unshakably ARE. 
Suicide was a lying shadow of escape that lingered in my life for years. Today, I am thankful to be able to say that I no longer have those thoughts of permanent escape. I no longer lend myself to the darkness in that way, but so many creative s…

IMAGINE A WOMAN by Patricia Lynn Reilly

This poem invites you to look upon yourself with loving kindness…
Gazing at your own true reflection, you will discover that everything you have longed for “out there” is already within you! I invite you to love your creativity fiercely. Faithfully plant seeds, allowing under-the-ground dormant seasons, nurturing your creative garden with love and gratitude. In the fullness of time, the green growing things thrust forth from the ground. It's a faithful, trustworthy process. AND it takes time and patience.  Blessed is the fruit of your creative womb! I invite you to trust your vision of the world and express it. With wonder and delight, paint a picture, create a dance, write a book, and make up a song. To give expression to your creative impulses is as natural as your breathing. Create in your own language, imagery, and movement. Follow no script. Do not be limited by the customary way things have been expressed. Your creative intuition is original. Gather all of life into your inner c…