The Queen of My Self

By Shiloh Sophia McCloud

Inside of you 
is radiant luminous code. 
Ciphers ripe for deciphering. 
This seeing is what I came here for. 
Some might call me an artist, 
and a poet if they favor me. 
I am merely a witness 
to your potential beauty.

Inside of you 
stardust is begging the seams 
to cross the veil of form. 
Reach through 
and take hold of the tail 
of particle and wave 
and pull it through to this place 
where we hearts can witness you.

Inside of you 
there is something sacred. 
That which I call “content” 
which belongs only to you, as you. 
Sometimes you don’t see it, 
I see it, we are all witness to it. 
We have need for your gifts, 
place them here on the altar.

Inside of you 
there is a great longing to be seen 
but only you can fill this longing. 
We already see your radiance, 
yet your longing persists. 
Now you know you must see yourself 
to be fully seen in the way you seek. 
You are your own witness.

Inside of you 
a great call is calling 
a great wheel is turning, towards you. 
That which is yours to do is at the threshold, ? 
beckoning for you to witness with your yes. 
There are many ways to say yes. 
Here take this pen, this brush, 
and give yourself 
as a love offering to your own life.


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Donna Henes is the author of The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. She offers counseling and upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity. Consult the MIDLIFE MIDWIFE™

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