SPOKE OF THE WHEEL -------- ©2009 Lawrence A. McFadden all rights reserved

anew
you brighten my day
like the sun on the snow
like the warmth of shared
breath on a frozen night
like a handfull of hope
a smile of joy the strength
of a gentle touch a laugh
and giggle do you not feel
the spirit in you move you
guide you touch you
bless you
anew
this winter when time
will tell and the trodden
snow turns to ice you'll
see a poem is coming
a wisdom a wonder
through thunder a love
for you a dream come
true this gift and all i do
is for you
anew

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the unspoken spoke
of the wheel spoke
of the medicine spoke
of the earth the soul
and sorrow
the unspoken spoke
of love love the greatest
power spoken to open
the heart spoken to soar
with spirit spoken to heal
the soul
the unspoken spoke
to you and me now we
are the spoken our song
in chorus with the hymn
of the hum in tune with
the moon a higher choir
the silence is broken
my god is unspoken

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i open my mind
and walk through
the view of you
i open my heart
and begin to drum
in unison
once a wound once
a womb once a doom
you have opened
my dreams with
reality with love
with need within
my community

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the crows
god knows the crows
the geese too
flew southwest at sunset
from this pond
a mirror of earth
and sky a vibe
i hear feel and see
like a stream the sound
of the freeways a dream
many rivers
letting go and let flow
for the time being
i cobweb these words
from tree to tree
to tree to keep me
from going southwest
at sunset
my journey is within
the to and fro of the soul
between here and now
my path
a maze of madness
and amazing grace
my god the mystery
the reality him and her
and me completely one
of many

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like a tree
i want to leave the world
of words in your arms
and embrace the surrender
i am embers
reach within my touch
my heart and braid the flames
anew the eternal cry
i have inside i hear your
wind chime i taste your rain
you heal the soul and bless
me with my strife i am
not lost in your light
through this living mystery
some call sacred some
call spirit some call
life

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sometimes
when i want to walk
through wonder i wander
over to the pond where
the leaves dance around
me and my being becomes
one with the trees and sky
where the earth shakes
beneath my feet and the geese
nod and call to me as i follow
the spirit of the flocks
of crows above i heard
the dove again today twice
this spring this river this
feather of life this essence
and peace to believe in belief
the assurance the thaw
the release of winter
and the might now
of any day

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i know my soul i am
a child i am old i am
love
wings of creation
wings of light
wings of wisdom
wings of sight
do you not feel the flutter
do you not need the spirit
have you not opened
your heart
i see your smile
your joy and know
you have

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to look and don't see
troubles me to be shown
and what i see troubles me
there is great strength
in our struggle our love
our devotion spoken
within song within life
within deed on this path
of medicine and light
the spirit the dove
the mystery our beloved
our focus this creed
though i may not see
may i know though
i may not know may
i see
your need in me here
in my heart your desire
and now in my mind
you crier this vision
these words this gift
to know and to see
your blessings as we
struggle with our
troubles

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trusted
i was taught to believe
in something outside
of myself then
i found what i
believed was
within
i was never without you
mirror of the sky
mirror of the soul
i am always within you
unfolding
told and bold unassuming
as light as a feather
new and anew
dusted

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i feel with all my being
your being
mended
these hands this heart
every thought deep in flight
tonight
i sing sing of the mystery
each voice every possibility
our choir
of trees within the woods
within the forest within
the soul
roots and wings earth and sky
the oneness the bridge
a drum
each cup of kindness a helping
a dream a path learning returning
in focus
to heal ourselves i offer this prayer
this verse to honor our mother
earth

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braided flames
blossom of the heart
and mind shine
metaphors of pure
selfless thoughtfully
thoughtless
breath of wind my brother
moon rise eyes my sister
earth and the why
in the sky this feather
my communion
from your dreams i awaken
through your love i focus
i endure in wonder in
oneness in spirit i open
anew my being my soul
is a verb a bridge of words
this gift of metaphor
for my beloved

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i ask to be guided through
your creation
through the world
of words of the black birds
through the shadow of ego
and the calling of the dove
through the falling in love
through all of the above
and below the deeper i go
the taller i grow the trees
know how to touch the sky
please teach me why i am
alive this path has been
the steepest when i am
the weakest only to struggle
until i bend until i can
finally realize all i can do
is surrender

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i gulp this time
from the river i find
myself back in time
time and time again
to relive the past i know
not how i go yet i am
there not here or now
i am sent like a gift from
the present and i can't
help but see this view
was meant to be then
the moment brings me
back at last for the time
being i learn and unlearn
time and time again
a wisdom some dark
some light and before
i know it it is gone
and i find myself anew
doing what i'm waiting
for

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i braid these words
with your hands
you send me feathers
so that i may understand
so that my love is at
your command
when the why in the sky
touches earth these words
are my work above the dirt
in union with your roots
to heal the hurt
with your she in me
with your tree in me
god knows these words
work from the source
of your inspiration

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i found a tiny leaf
at my feet
like a kiss i reached
down to hear
its wish
and you lifted my why
my spirit my eyes
into the sky
to see the hawk
fly by
and i became
the feet of this leaf

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maple wind
i hear you through
your chimes
i sweep the many wings
of your seedlings
and weep
streaming because
i see
your syrup flow
from the wound
in me

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out on a limb
the tiny leaf preached
i am spirit
the tiny voice spoke
i am hope
and i heard there
are a thousand ways
to bend down and kiss
the earth
in the forest of our
church
the leaf speaks
bring your own god
seek peace and follow
your feet
i smiled in belief
and laughed in relief
i felt strong and asked
may i tag along

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jazz night and there's
majick in the room
you tap the tip
of my nose and i wonder
and try to understand
the mystery the rose
of your touch
opening my heart
to you
opens my heart
to the world
to the light
within
the band is done
and the room has sung
this song of your hand
in mine

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flight
across that sky
i fly with the fowl
pure insight tonight
on desire on rhythm
on love on fire
my steeds my hearts
my being your wings
this song thousands
of years long
appearing
everywhere inbetween
every inbetween
like a truth you'll find
like a truce
this sky over fields
of clover and cloves
like a lover
i hear see and taste
a wiff of horsefeathers
and i am again
in la la land

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and
i thought i was crazy
rainbows every one
of you
i tumble through i
rumble through i soar
through i roar through
your love
each thought each rhyme
every time a path
a footprint a sign
i know not how or why
your vision
opens the sky
inside

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i twitch and itch
thirst and slurp
in crave
waiting for you
and yours deeply
in love
and desire
this flame gather
the fire kindled
and kind deeply
with love
given to keep
your spirit free
this ash
of darkness
within

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my being this vessel
a cup of your love
calling me
these words the seeds
of my needs to touch
my needs to trust
my needs
to heal
in these days that define
you that shines in you
that you know
is true
in these nights that find
you embrace you
taste you my love
for you
this cup of you
our pour

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