Poetry

Shadow Effect

Fearless

What is it you are fearing?
Quickly run to it.
Clear away all that you
have used to block it behind the door.
Open this door and take fear by the hand.
Bring it into the light.
It is not the looming shadow stretching across
the wall. It is not consuming you the way
you have been imagining it would
if it was ever this close to your skin.
Bring it into the light.
When it is sitting still in front of you-
look it in the eye.
it isn’t as wild as you believed
it is just as afraid of this moment as you.
for it knows the outcome of this confrontation.
The further you pushed it away,
the more leverage it had over you,
but as you draw it near it shrinks
until you can hold it in two hands.
Now, call your heart’s dearest friend
and show them this fear you are holding.
See how this beast becomes
tame as your eyes both gaze upon it.
See how it transforms into a totem
that represents a deep teaching inside of you.
Unlock that teaching and it becomes a bird
for you to release into the daylight.

-Taya
In the book Sutra Of Stars- Available Here

About the Author

TayaTaya Malakian is a poet, an artist, a yogini, a mother, and a minister/spiritual advisor. She strives to bring deep wisdom, ceremony and soulfulness into every aspect of daily life. She lives in Nevada City, Ca.View all posts by Taya →