Pictures and Poems: Together Live Tour

 

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stay

anchor in the depths

every drop in the ocean

sings for your presence

here

now

abide in the valley

where the air is thick and the river runs deep

where life and death intermingle

stay

rest

for you will have time on the heights

where the air is thin and the sun hot on your shoulders

the path winding down again before you

as you travel back

to the pain and unknowing and gut-twisting growth

the valley is night

the valley is ocean

the valley invites you to stay, anchor where the grass is green, the dirt, dirty

the water singing your soul home

when you stay

you learn

who you are

“Stay” -Melissa Kircher

 

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I think poetry

might be inside you

I think the words

have always been there

ready to tumble from hesitant lips

I think the stars shine only for you tonight

and the earth turns

to keep you on it

I think I love you

though I don’t

know you half as much as I should

but I have this feeling that there is poetry inside you

the ineffable everlasting

sitting on the cusp of your tongue

and heart

and fingertips

take a chance

on yourself

“Poetry” -Melissa Kircher

 

Pictures and Poems: Boundaries

Boundariesthere is me

a flame

me is a deep fire, burning

capable of holding space for great, gulping pain

I cry out to the night sky with wonder eyes, “Look at all the stars!”

my fire needs a cozy home

one whose walls I’ve built

not to keep everyone out,

but to protect against sharp gusts of wind

you know who you are

or maybe, you have no idea

either way

parts of the walls are hard and unyielding,

others soft and porous

I thought a long time about building my house

until one day there was no other way to live

my fire was a flicker

and to love myself I had to figure out how bricks and stone and leaves and sticks might

fit together for a while.

you might never be allowed in.

or I might invite you for tea sometime

some of you will build your own houses

these are the best kind of people

then we each leave and meet somewhere

together, out in the glorious day

but this is my house

this is me inside

the flame that I won’t let go out

I’m sorry

and I’m not

“Boundaries” -Melissa Kircher