My Hopes, Memories and Dreams

Intentions for my Sister-Friend

Woman-Mother-Sister-Friend         4goddesses

Listen intently


Mystic musings

Do not dispel

The inner rumblings

Of primal knowing

And of self-


Revved up by Mars

And its astro-wielding

Drag yourself out

From the merde-ridden nest

…where mad men dwell

Access peaceful resolve

And with gilded grace

Refuse to endorse

The slog of self-reliance

Demand all those who desire

A share

Of your domestic landscape

Honour your virtues

Or be flushed out in style


10 responses

  1. there is so much to relate to in this (: may we all find our gilded grace!

    August 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    • Hi, thank you for your comment. Writing it has lead to a gentle reminder for me of the universal tale of womanhood !

      August 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

  2. it sings, it twirls with melody, what a perfect picture for this lush poem about women. great job sweet girl.

    August 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    • Thanks Sara. Your compliments mean so much more than I can describe.

      August 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm

      • We are all in the same boat. I’m going to send you something to your email since it’s too long to post here. Hope you are well and happy as you deserve to be.

        August 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm

  3. Hi Colleen, I don’t have your email so here you go. Sheldon Kopp was a pyschiatrist who wrote some fantastic books with equally fantastic titles. Look him up on They have used copies on Amazon I think. Enjoy. Sara

    Estachological Laundry List

    from If You Meet the Budha on the Road, Kill Him by Sheldon Kopp

    1. This is it!
    2.There are no hidden meanings.
    3.You can’t get there from here, and besides there’s no place else to go.
    4.We are all already dying, and we will be dead for a long time.
    5.Nothing lasts.
    6.There is no way of getting all you want.
    7.You can’t have anything unless you let go of it.
    8.You only get to keep what you give away.
    9.There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.
    10.The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there is no compensation for misfortune.
    11.You have a responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
    12.It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.
    13.You don’t really control anything.
    14.You can’t make anyone love you.
    15.No one is any stronger or any weaker than anyone else.
    16.Everyone is, in his own way, vulnerable.
    17.There are no great men.
    18.If you have a hero, look again: you have diminished yourself in some way.
    19.Everyone lies, cheats, pretends (yes, you too, and most certainly I myself).
    20.All evil is potential vitality in need of transformation.
    21.All of you is worth something, if you will only own it.
    22.Progress is an illusion.
    23.Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.
    24.Yet it is necessary to keep on struggling toward solution.
    25.Childhood is a nightmare.
    26.But it is so very hard to be an on-your-own-take-care-of-yourself-casue-there-is-no-one-else-to-do-it-for-you grown-up.
    27.Each of us is ultimately alone.
    28.The most important things, each man must do for himself.
    29.Love is not enough, but it sure helps.
    30.We have only ourselves, and one another. That may not be much, but that’s all there is.
    31.How strange, that so often, it all seems worth it.
    32.We must live within the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge.
    33.All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data.
    34.Yet we are responsible for everything we do.
    35.No excuses will be accepted.
    36.You can run, but you can’t hide.
    37.It is most important to run out of scapegoats.
    38.We must learn the power of living with our helplessness.
    39.The only victory lies in surrender to oneself.
    40.All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
    41.You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.
    42.What do you know…for sure…anyway?
    43.Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again…

    August 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    • Thank you Sara. I have not read any of Sheldon Kopp’s work but am now inspired to find out more !

      August 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm

  4. You are truly a beautiful person.

    August 10, 2009 at 7:35 am

  5. “Revved up by Mars
    And it’s astro-wielding”

    That’s a creative way of putting it.
    I like this, Colleen. It has a native touch to it,
    and you ended it fashionably. Good job!

    August 16, 2009 at 2:02 pm

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