the woods in the deep of the night

the woods at deep twilight smell sweet & moist, immersed in the subtle
allure of the night's hidden magic. the roosting crows in repose
mutter good night to one another in soft clicks & croaks. shadows
settle over the trees, descending from the hands of the sky like
a shawl to wrap the woods in featureless & faceless protection.

sharp details belong to the day, are necessary to see for
the accomplishments & unveilings that take place under the sun.
deeds are done & tasks await: gathering & dispersing happens.
order is valued & scripts are offered for all the roles & their
requirements. survival is the bottom line. i hold myself in
to fit within the narrow slot allotted for those such as me.

but at night, in the mysterious woods, none of that bright world rules.
here in the darkness, the unknown & irrational prevail, & the
shadows may be doorways opening into other realms. You come
to me through those shadows, Shiva, & tell me of wonders beyond.
You touch my heart & unlock it, & i will forever thank You
for this, for coming to me. i will forever thank You, Shiva.

the woods in full nightfall smell sweet & moist, an invitation to
deeper magic. Shiva, soon the moon will rise high & the darkling
playmates emerge from hiding. there's a song in my heart that escapes
through my lips & it stands as a motto for this entire life. "i
mean no harm; i am passing through. i celebrate all existence."

thank You, Shiva, for urging me out to befriend the darkness &
the unfamiliar. You hold me in Your hands & in Your heart
& i hold on to You forever. You take away my concern &
You leave me with Your grace, here in the woods in the deep of the night.

Author: swadharma9

i am 81, living in a nursing home and deepening my spiritual life as is appropriate as one ages. i am a student of the Sanatana Dharma and a devotee of Lord Shiva.

3 thoughts on “the woods in the deep of the night”

  1. So beautiful, the night unfolding through your words, the woods coming into nighttime view like a long shot in a movie that slowly moves in, until you focus us on your truth, ‘a motto for this entire life. “i
    mean no harm; i am passing through. i celebrate all existence.”
    You say in your about the author, that you a deepening your spiritual life. In this piece and in all of your writings and poetry, your progress is so very evident., and we who read you, who can call you friend, are the blessed recipients of your deepening enlightenment. Thank you for all that you share with us. 🙏

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    1. thank you for your kind words of blessing, for i surely do feel blessed by such nurturing feedback🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼im like the racehorse who is nearing the final stretch of the racetrack. theres no holding back now: im giving it all ive got because i was ‘made’ for this time, this inner work🙏🏼🦋🙏🏼

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