Standing in Both

River Walk

Standing in Both


On scraps of paper I write prayers to the helpers and heroes.

Will falling in love with the Earth help us to understand life and death,

recognize our dependence on The Mother and her gifts?

Earth Child is my true name.

Jungle, Sequoias and Ocean speak to me with a new voice.

Here I find poems of passion.

Words spurt into existence.

In the silence I attune to the birds, the wind, the waves.

They create a compass to my deepest self, where my stories lie fallow,

In the inside of the inside.

Freedom and loneliness meet.

Wildness births new insights.

I know now that my life is both personal and universal,

Both delicious and dry, sensual and senseless.

Standing in both Life and Death, isolation melts.

Without goals or plans I learn to thrive in both joy and struggle.

Trust arises like the sun over the mists on mountains.

An unseen Presence penetrates everything


fierce compassion and love.



2 Responses to Standing in Both

  1. Marilyn Veltrop July 28, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    Ahhhhh…. you’ve done it again, dear Mara! What a passionate, sensitive poem… Standing in Both, indeed!

    I love receiving your blog entries and poems.

    Sending love and hugs your way,

  2. Mara Senese
    Mara Senese July 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Dearest Marilyn,

    Thank you so much for your encouragement! It touches my heart and helps me to dare to continue to bare my soul with poems and thoughts.

    Much love and hugs back to you,

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