closed, open

Day, night. Inhale, exhale. Simple, complicated. Beautiful, ugly.

Rose, thorn.

Life is filled with opposites that cannot exist one without the other. We tend to reach for the bright spots, the highs, the pretty. But we would never recognize these things if not for the shadows, the lows, the unattractive.

Some days I try to rest in the middle. Pause and embrace both sides. Some days, it takes long arms and a big reach. And after awhile, I am exhausted.

Some days, I choose a side. There are times when it cannot be helped. And those are the days when I feel most alive.

Darkness is not the same as evil. Beauty is not the same as good. Answers are not the same as wisdom.

I want to be the wanderer, moving in and out of light and shadow, reaching for the sun as I grow deep roots.

I want to be pulled in all directions, up, down, in, out, left, right.

I want to scramble up a trellis like a vine gone wild and throw rose-scented light to the world.

Here, catch.





10 Responses to “closed, open”

  • Sooz Weissberg Says:

    Aw, honey. Thank you for articulating that for me. How do I print this thing out for my journal…? ; ]

  • Debi Says:

    you DO throw rose scented light to the world, you know. there are days i bathe in it. thank you for scrambling up that trellis full of thorns. xoxo

  • Pat Byers (Tilda) Says:

    …I want to be the wanderer, moving in and out of light and shadow, reaching for the sun as I grow deep roots..

    i love ‘moving in and out of light and shadow’.
    light and shadow make up my days. i am blessed that i finally recognized, REALLY, light and shadow. i see it differently now. perhaps i see it for the first time. now i look for it, everywhere.
    nicely put Mrs M.
    in fondest. tilda

  • Anna Montgomery Says:

    I am in awe of your scented light and how it flits across my hands. I thank whatever goodness exists for your gifts and your magnanimity in sharing them with us.

  • brian miller Says:

    darkness is not the same as evil…so true…though it is what we learn and for the long time i had a hard time on the see saw in between but i think a good life is a blend of both…they both add to us…I want to be the wanderer, moving in and out of light and shadow, reaching for the sun as I grow deep roots…is a tight line…and like the playfulness of the close…

  • beth Says:

    oh wow….i did catch it….or at least i caught your beautiful words that are now going to sit with me this evening…..xo

  • Jannie Funster Says:

    Ummmm, I am definitely smelling the wild trellis roses here, Kelly! Thank you.

    Your deepness always impresses me. You must’ve been born like this, as I’ve said here before. Must’ve been one amazing child, seeing the world as only you could. Poets like you are born like this.

    And your photos….. the patina feeds my soul in each and every one.


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  • Maery Rose Says:

    Wonderfully said! Another one I want to save and reread.

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