Thoughts from Sha'Tara, local writer and friend.
Awaken the Wind Sleeping in your Mind
[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha'Tara]
If you would run with the wind, first you must awaken the wind.
Many winds blow over a world such as this,
And who knows where they're from or where they go?
Never trust a wind someone else has set in motion,
No matter their credentials, or whom the claim to be.
You remember well that as a child you
First learned to run with other people's wind?
That was good enough, such as it was.
But surely you remember also
such running left you drained and unfulfilled?
And that is to be expected for after all,
Running others' desires is but a chasing after the wind.
Awaken the wind sleeping in your mind.
Learn to run with this greatest of friends:
Out to the sea and over the prairie;
Chasing snow snakes over the tundra;
Perhaps even down the street of a dying city.
Never shall you tire nor shall you ever be lost again.
Run with your own wind: that is all that life asks of you.
"Sing me the most beautiful song the world has ever heard," she said.
"Certainly I can do that, if that is your wish," he replied with a smile.
"Tell me a story that will make the stars move," she asked.
"I have many such stories to tell," he replied with another smile.
"Give me a ring whose radiance will shame the sun," she demanded.
"I possess such a ring which I may bestow on whomever I please," he said
"Very well then, all I ask of you is that you love me," she sighed.
"Ah, but that I will never do," he replied and turned his back to her.
"Oh? And why not? Am I so bad that you do not like me?" she queried.
"I like you, really. But I will never love you." he replied more gently.
"Please tell me why not?" she begged.
"No, I will not. You will tell you why not.
"Look at your world with my eyes now.
"Find all the love stories in the planet's book.
"Now read the entire book and tell me how it ends,"
And when her eyes were filled with tears
and her heart was breaking with sadness
and her despair utter and complete
he took her hand firmly in his: "now you know
And now you understand."
Wiser now, with a knowing transcending her old life
she let out a sigh and awakened the wind,
the wind that had been sleeping in her mind.
"Now I run alone and I run free,"
Was all she needed to say, and she was gone.