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 

diverge

With saintly patience,

Here! 

he chuckles

and here, and here, and here! 

ad infinitum 

urging me 

with gentle urgency

to take the brave

unthinkable step

that transmutes 

absolutely 

everything:

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,

Reality,

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

Author, poet, Spanish-English translator; Activist and community builder. Member of the international Community of Silo's Message (www.silosmessage.net) and its Portland, Oregon and Red Bluff, California communities (www.RedBluffPark.org) Published work includes "On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo," "Soft Brushes with Death, a Jorge Espinet Primer," "Fish Scribbles," and "Experiences on the Threshold - with Silo's Message." Also publisher and editor of "Human Future," an independent review published in San Francisco, California, from 1989 to 1996. Mother of five grown kids/stepkids and five step grandkids; Long ago graduate of Stanford University; Lives in Portland, Oregon.