The Secret That is Myself

Throughout my life
there has dwelled
within me a shadow figure
that follows and
mirrors my every day
self.  Every word
uttered, every thought
that has flashed through
my mind has been known
by her.  But she is cool
and level-headed when
things seem too much
to handle.   She knows
my truth and lives it
impeccably…there is no
questioning and wondering.
She inhabits that space
within that is All-Knowing,
and calm, deliberate
decisive and secure.
She is the one that
breathes in deeply of all
that is good and loving.
There is no wavering
of emotions, all is steady
and allowing of what is.
She smiles and is joyful,
even as I struggle and
frown my discomfort.
She is settled and needs
nothing to bring her
happiness.  Love flows
effortlessly and equally
through good and bad
times.  (To her, there
exists no difference.)
She is always with me
and wants only what
serves me best.
On occasion, we merge
and I feel the completeness
that is my birthright.  A peace
descends that envelopes me
and she and I are One.

Today Grace invites us to explore the Secrets of the Universe for Poetics over at dVerse Poets:

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  1. Oh.. I the ego.. a place of dealing
    with all of external reality
    in culture.. people..
    language and
    same.. but
    oh the
    of i now soUl
    directing I of ego..
    the source.. the force
    of us.. the observer of all
    of what we do as prisoner
    and free.. i lives to set us free..
    with spirit of heArt’s exclamation point!iI..:)


  2. I know this person you speak of – she is right around the corner though at times seems so far away. I enjoyed reading this piece, nicely done.


  3. I admire the spiritual aspect of that birthright, the knowing of one’s true self and journey ~Hopefully we see and harness more of good and loving in us ~

    This part stood out for me:

    She is always with me
    and wants only what
    serves me best.
    On occasion, we merge
    and I feel the completeness
    that is my birthright.

    Thanks for the lovely share Gayle and wishing you happy week ~


  4. Good to find that place of balance within…


  5. That secret place in us, the secrets of the universe of good and bad, of peace and security…I like the coming together and of finding that place and bringing it all together. Well written and truly liked.


  6. I think a person like that is what we all need, and maybe some of us forget to listen to our own shadow.. this one lingers with me,


  7. Oooh, I hope you can access that person often (and I wish I could too). I love your ways of enjambement – you seem to think in run-on lines.


  8. This is lovely 🙂 nice use of enjambment here and love the way you depict that other person inside of you… we all need one such in our lives 🙂

    Lots of love,


  9. What a wonderful shadow self to have. She sounds like a peaceful presence within you. I like that idea actually…and I think perhaps we should all think of such a shadow self to live inside of us. What a joy to see the merging at the end!


  10. Yes, the inner one Who Knows. Beautiful, Gayle.


  11. It happens, that feeling of completeness, just often enough to give me hope. Lovely Gayle.


  12. She is all of us. There is so much wisdom in this and so much truth. You are a wise student of human nature.


  13. Glenn Buttkus

     /  December 2, 2015

    She is the higher self, the eternal flame, our very own divine spark. She is the personal representative of the entity that we are as a soul with a body, & will be with you into your next lifetime; wonderful insight & tribute.


  14. That inner voice. So wise. Lovely poem.


  15. This really gets so close into that secret part of ourselves. Very clever and very wise.


  16. There is some sweet positivity flowing
    in this wonderfully offered posting, and
    one that lifts the spirit I think 🙂

    Have fun today my lovely friend Gayle 🙂

    Andro xxx


  17. Stunning, Gayle. An ace write.



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