Feather, Candle, Spoon

a feather against a blue backdrop
Once you flew above my head
Your shadow racing across the earth 
One of a row of speckled feathers 
Lifting a bird to soar free in the air
Now I grasp this feather in my hand
And with it I brush the corners of my life
Whisking away the extraneous
The habits that don’t serve
Once you were the stuff of 
The constant thrum of the hive
The buzz of a thousand bees
Moving in all directions
Now, coiled around a wick 
This wax makes a candle 
That I pray will light a way
For me to find what’s clear and essential
Once you were a tree
Rooted in earth, reaching to heaven
Leaves to the sun
Habitat, shade giver, fruit bearer
Branches spread in quiet wisdom
Now I hold a humble wooden spoon
Its gentle shallow moon-shaped curve
Ready to receive the crumbs and dust, the bits and pieces
I don’t need, so I am clear, renewed and ready
It is time for liberation
A feather, a candle, a spoon
Whisk; and light; and gather
The stuff of slavery we need to leave behind
As together, trembling but ready
We scramble toward freedom
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