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I must Follow my own Lights

I must follow my own lights

dancing inside me

orbs of light

leading me onward

I am in new territory now

advancing out to the open sea

I let go of the shore

it recedes as the gentle waves, followed by more tumultuous ones

buffet me around

but a steadiness

a knowing

keeps me


a certainty not based

on mind

on elusive thought which

move hither and yon

but a deeper-than-mind


and with each plummeting down toward

this recognition of

and abidance in

pure awareness

fear loosens its grip

fearlessness emerges

exaltation in the unknown is revealed




I must follow my own lights

Annie Kiyonaga

June 25, 2020

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