The rising of Venus,
of the evening star,
like a precious gift never asked for,
but freely given for all to see.
It is a gleam of hope
cracking open the darkness
encompassing my being earlier today.
Not a brilliant, blinding light,
but a gentle, slender beam,
coming through as if I’m
a bleary-eyed baby bird in it’s egg,
making the first crack in the shell
that has contained me.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
I bow, this night, to the beauty of the light,
that pierced my blackened, scorched soul,
giving thanks to Jizo, and allowing the vision
of being Chibi, my inner child, wrapped safely
in his robes, to fill my heart as I try to sleep.
(with thanks to Valerie Johns for the Jizo/Chibi Meditations on her website www.jizoandchibi.com)
Original painting by Valerie Johns – see above website.