bloom | five minute friday

bloom, darling.

you were not made to be kept in the shadows. hidden in the darkness. you are not made for small places and small things and people that keep you small.

whatever keeps you from coming alive, darling, it is too small for you.

you are meant to stretch wide your arms and your heart and your soul and your dreams.

hold out your hands and offer the beauty you contain.

come alive.

oh, come alive. come alive in a million ways, bring your beauty to the table. bring yourself to the table.

there’s a seat. right here, right next to me.

we can bloom together.

it’s okay. i’m still learning too.

learning how to unfold. how to be gentle. how to soften. how to let there be curves coexisting with the edges. how to thrive. how to abandon. how to delight. how to cry. how to let go. how to hold on. how to decide. how to say no. how to say yes. how to claim. how to open up. how to speak up. how to stand up. how to declare.

i’m learning. step by step. petal by petal.

because i want to come alive. i want more than this. more than smallness.

stretch wide your arms.

can you feel it? can you feel yourself coming alive? stirring? reaching up towards the light? unfolding? finding your wings? standing tall?

can you feel it?

come. sit next to me.

we’ll learn together. i will never keep you small.

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at five minute friday, we gather to write for five minutes on a one word prompt. just writing. join us over at Lisa-Jo’s?

belong | five minute friday

oh won’t you stay with me

cause you’re all I need

isn’t that all

we long for sometimes?

stay with me.

someone to ask, stay.

you’re all

I need

please, darling, stay.

I crave a place

of belonging

a place that knows

my curves

knows the way I walk

a place that welcomes

all my faults and all my failures

a place that celebrates

all that is good in me

and glosses over the ugly

loving me still.

I just want to belong somewhere.

don’t you?

you must.

I want a place

that whispers,

here, darling.

curl up and call me home.

and I’m searching

I’ve been searching

still hoping

and learning how

to settle into my own skin

to belong right here

right where my feet are.

still learning how to

belong

how to root myself

I can carve out a place

and call it home.

and while I find

myself here

I will open my arms

because you, darling,

you belong here.

with me.

we can make a home here.

make a space that knows

the way we walk.

belong with me.

you belong.

you do.

if you need a place

come round

come find me.

come sit next to me.

and tell your stories.

I’ll make space for you to belong.

won’t you

stay with me?

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this week, we’re linking up with Chrystal Stine to gather to write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. no editing, no deleting, just words.

exhale | five minute friday

exhale.

breathe out, sister.

breathe in.

and breathe out.

there is rest here. rest, and calm,

and infinite space in the shallow between breaths.

find it. stretch out your arms and touch it.

you’ve been holding tight.

too tight.

exhale.

listen to your breathe, like the waves that kiss the shore

and recede

to rise again.

steady.

root yourself in the rhythm.

do you remember how to breathe deep?

so deep, you think your lungs

might burst?

that feeling, that filled feeling –

that is how you should feel.

full.

because there is goodness here.

and rest.

and steadiness.

and rhythm.

and beauty.

find it

in the inhale

and in the exhale

find it

in the second between

find it

fill your hands

and lungs

and heart

breathe deep.

so, so deep.

let yourself be filled.

look at your hands, darling.

do you see how much you can hold?

so much is given.

inhale.

exhale.

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and I’m back, linking up with Lisa-Jo for five minute friday. five minutes, one word, no backspacing.