I will do
my best
to be the
sun
shining
light on
the heart of
kindness
which hovers
ever-present
in the dark
night
sky

from "Glint of Kindness" MarleneZ 2019

Darkness

When darkness

hugs

my body

the hum of life’s

machinery

quiets

A still pond

to rest

where all

spinning stops.

I hesitate to

take a breath

so as not

to disturb 

the seamless lake 

of dark’s 

glass surface

Last winter

an owl 

came to visit

She sat on my roof 

for several 

minutes

that expanded 

into an

eon

until she

spread her

whispered 

wings and

disolved 

into the 

black sky

An omen

my daughter and I

agreed

I think of her

now 

in her 

domain

of dark 

night

air 

where wisdom’s

jewels

are cloaked 

in the 

unseen.

Reluctantly,

I turn on a

kitchen light

but the quiet 

of night does

not fade

She still

cradles me

soothing remnant

fears of the 

unknown

of whether I will

live or

die

I would 

like to be

like Athena

with owl 

on my shoulder

to show me

everything

not yet

illuminated

But all I 

can do is

surrender

feel the silky

softness of

night

and cry

with gratitude

for the

darkness

where 

divinity’s 

secrets 

fly silently 

in the

moon’s 

shadow.


Marlene Z, March 2019

River of Transparency

The river of 

transparency

ripples through 

our veins

even 

if we are 

asleep.

She laughs

at light bursts

exploding 

in dark 

skies

while we

worry 

about 

how 

we look,

about

whether 

we 

are noticed,

about whether 

we

belong. 

The human

family

stands

at the 

precipice

yet

turns

it’s back to

death’s

warm breath 

as she 

sings

us a 

lullaby.

One

moment

of an 

honest meeting 

with her

can

animate

the beauty

of all

that is,

dissolving

the denial

that

keeps 

us

racing 

against

reality,

that keeps

us 

tethered to

illusory

pain.

Dare we

stop

and share

a simple 

sip

of 

life-giving 

water

with her?

When

the spring flower

withers

back

to earth’s bed 

are we

surprised 

by

her cycle?

Hold

your fear

tenderly

for

the river

of 

transparency

carries

the blood of 

life.

Death

is her

consort

that 

show us

how to 

dance

fearlessly

in 

the 

night.


MarleneZ, 2018



Life's Forecast

It was supposed 

to be sunny

said the beleaguered 

forecast

of life’s

expectations

When fog

descends

and hovers

in the unassuming

landscape

thickening the day

till light

and dark

lose their 

boundary

floating aimlessly

without ambition

in other worldly

riffs of gauzy haze


What becomes

of our earthly 

footing?


Do we stubbornly

put on shorts

attempting to

will our sunny

dreams into

reality

while we brace

against the

cold mist that

kisses our

barren skin?


Are we patient,

waiting for

sun’s inevitable 

return

to burn through

the miasma 

of our opaque

assumptions?

If we acknowledge 

fog’s uncertainty

will we lose 

faith in 

luminosity’s

unwavering 

presence?


Rest 

Dear One

When you cannot

see the

vista

look for beauty

encapsulated

in cloudy vapors

All your hard held

hopes never

guaranteed perfect

weather

Promise lives

in every condition


Rest 

in whatever

glorious discomfort 

arises 

An unburdened

heart

recalling

the signal

of Light 


Rest

so your life’s 

forecast

is not dependent

on a tryst with

good weather

so all circumstances 

open your eyes

to the

indestructible

landscape 

of

Love.


MarleneZ 2019

A dancer in life

A dancer in death

Atoms remain unbounded

by form and sky.

This is the healing realm

Where all is possible

Where all is love

Where I humbly submit 

to the dance

of God.


Rest 

where

nothing is

broken.

Where 

defense is

meaningless.

Where 

you can

become

a shooting star

dissolving

in a 

galaxy of

love.


We are always

doused

in everyday 

holiness

unfettered 

birds

flying instinctively

through the

threshold

of spring’s

eternal

doorway


“This”

She says

“This is where

to love”

And just 

like that

an old rock

dislodges

making space for

melted tears

Salty divinity

to wash my

earthbound

wings of 

God

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