Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Shining Back

I’ve burned my eyes trying to see beyond the fireworks in the sky. I’ve been driven and possessed by dreams and visions that led me, quests that called me to make the stars shine even brighter. I’ve reached and climbed to see what might be up there. I’ve even tried flying.

I could skip and wish I was running. I could dance and want to be a gymnast. I could sing and long to make the piano play. I could analyze, create, dream . . . write music with words and look for what was missing in the spaces. I could touch my hands to my face, and wonder what other people see.

Why do we need to come so far to figure out that we don’t need to try so hard?

All of our pain, our hope, our faith, our love invested in being . . . without realizing that we already are.

The stars make the finest fireworks without us.

Our role is to shine back at them.
−me strauss Letting me be


Kelley Bell said...

Have I ever told you,
I love the way you write?

Mama Mouse said...

I saw fireworks tonight that looked like stars falling from the sky in rivers and waterfalls. Breathtaking. Your post reminded me of the awe I felt when I saw them. And yet we can see them every night ... the real thing. All we have to do is look up and breathe!

ME Strauss said...

Hi Kelley,
Yes, Indeed, I believe you have. :P
Thank you.

ME Strauss said...

Yeah, Mama,
That is kind of what I've been saying. If we want to we can have fireworks every night of every day.

Genuine said...

I first looked at the picture and saw the Shroud of Turin, then it made me think of the Northern Lights. But the writing took me back to my childhood and the awe I had for the noiose and the beauty of the fireworks shows.

ME Strauss said...

Hi genuine,
It's the great nebula of Orion -- Up in the stars where the fireworks are for real. :) I love your imagination. You have to be the best dad. Cool.

Trée said...

Effort, in the sense of trying too hard, I believe is an indication we are on the wrong path. Truth and love flow. Effort not required. They exist beyond effort, beyond desire and intention, before we were and after we leave. If we would only look down we would see the very foundation of everything we stand on is Truth and Love. No effect require other than to look, to see what is already there.

Have a happy and safe 4th Liz. :-)

ME Strauss said...

You are a wise and generous friend. I count you among the blessings that life has given me. This little blog has taught me more and brought me more than it could ever given back to the folks who read it. Just look at who lives inside the comments.

mojo shivers said...

That last line is a fairly amazing thought to contemplate. It's kind of inspirational, actually. I really enjoyed that post, Liz.

ME Strauss said...

Thanks Patrick,
It is a thought worth holding onto. I wonder whether I can live up to it. I think it's easier to write than it is to do. Shining back is a tall order. :)

Helen said...

"without realizing that we already are", indeed. Beautiful! So nice to see you!

ME Strauss said...

Hi Helen,
So nice to see you too. I'm finally coming into the sun.