This morning before I rise

it occurs to me

to at least say 

Thank You

to the smiling inner godlet

who walks the path of life with me,

insisting ever so repetitively

that I keep looking 

where I’m going

so as not to miss the spot

where the Yes and No 


With saintly patience,


he chuckles

and here, and here, and here! 

ad infinitum 

urging me 

with gentle urgency

to take the brave

unthinkable step

that transmutes 



Say Yes, he says,

no matter what,

to all that is 

and was and will be – 

Yes, this 

is how things are right now

and this is what 

I really want to see and be

and this

was the best I could do back then

because i simply

couldn’t see

And if I listen 

and follow his advice,

my old enemy,


turning out to be

more lithe and flexible

than I ever could have believed,

does a lovely double flip

on her trampoline

and dissolves

into the sweet embrace

of Being

The Yes

Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards, writer and poet-bard of Silo’s Message, is the author of Confessions of Olivia; On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo; Soft Brushes with Death; Fish Scribbles; and Experiences on the Threshold. In the pre-internet past she published Human Future, an independent review published from 1989-96 in San Francisco, CA; and was co-founder of La Mamelle, a San Francisco arts publication from the '70s. A graduate of Stanford University, she is the mother of five grown kids/stepkids and five step grandkids. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.