Making Bright Out of Shadows

In darkness, away from leaf-song and rain-scented soil, hearts wilt and die. In the light, where words speak halved thoughts and poetry kisses riddles, stories will die. I hear it. I think it… Then, that something that binds us (do you know what it is?), that thing made of mud, daydreams and wild bits of you and me, fills my bones with chants of Maybe… and I know better—stories only die if you let them and hearts always live if we read.

Making bright
out of the shadows,
the soul smiles…
while I remember
the power of ink.

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the (not so) wee notes…
– Last Sunday, I wasn’t having the best of days. I was feeling a bit gloomy, out of sorts… So, I put on my super-power skirt (everybody should have something—in their closet, bookcase, wallet…—that instantly fills them with good memories. I wore the skirt in question, for the first time, during a dance while I was a junior in high school, the same night I figured out that life was freaking weird, but since I was weird, too, then life was yummy). Anyhoo, I put on brown combat boots and my super-power skirt and a dear friend and I went thrifting. The thrift shop was closed when we got there, so we laughed a tad madly, went to the grocery store and bought two pies (I got peach!), and life was yummy. When I saw this rather dark picture (below), taken on the bus on our way back from pie shopping, I noticed how my smile shines through the gloom (I have super-power teeth, too), and I thought, Yep, life is yummy and then some.
– Linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads ~ Tuesday Platform.

57 thoughts on “Making Bright Out of Shadows

  1. This is such an incredibly soul-stirring write, Magaly!❤️ We all have those days when we feel down in the dumps.. I love the idea of owning something that brings back good memories .. you look super cute in this picture!😘😍 May woe and gloom never set foot on your door..❤️ Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

  2. A very timely piece for me. I find my soul glimmers a little brighter when I’m not talking myself out of writing and I just actually write and see what comes out, good bad or strange. Yay for power clothes!

  3. Yes! Power Clothes! I would have bought a peach pie as well. Yummy things and ink (and stitches) make the world a better place for us all. I love your smile in the photo. such a wonderful shining like the stars at night.

  4. Well that most definitely is a super power skirt…and THAT smile…way to kick the dumps into touch…the power of ink for sure.

  5. Loved every bit of this post and your sweet adventure with your friend! You are rockin the power-skirt! you look gorgeous too. I love all you shared.. and your poetry.. is sublime…beautiful..totally Magaly!
    This was the perfect thing for me to read/experience today..inspiring and magical! thank you

    • I get so much pleasure at the thought of others (especially friends) finding something useful (even soul-nourishing) in my words. So, my dearest Victoria, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I love them! 🙂

  6. Your teeth really are super-powered! That grin is gleaming out of the darkness like the Cheshire Cat’s! 😀 ❤ I was feeling a tad gloomy (and migraine-y) over the weekend too… guess it’s time to dig out a few of my super-powered bits and pieces! 😉

  7. Oh wow! I would be grinning just as wildly if I could get my skirt (hubby called it a belt) on from that age too….powder blue, split front, tight fitting….Dad disapproving, Gran winking and saying “you look amazing”…oh the power!!! 😀 XXX

  8. Wearing a power skirt to go get a super food, pie! Your super smile could light up the Universe! Your words open us to greater understanding. Thank you!

  9. I have a pair of shorts on this morning that had my Husband saying “you have on a mini skirt”? I replied not since Jr High honey have I worn those. The fact that you still have one from Jr High made me cackle and think of going to thrift for one. This read is so in flow with my morning. P.S. the bendy part of the bus is the funnest.

    • I really love that we both appreciate the fun of the “bendy part of the bus”. It’s like surfing, lol!

      And speaking of thrifting… The Insomniac’s Attic posted a top/skirt combo that has me thinking of imaginative thrifting. So, I might follow your steps.

  10. I love your “Life is Yummy” mantra. Your explanation of your day is a poem in itself. And pie is ALWAYS a good substitute for a closed thrift store (although thrift stores are less fattening…). 🙂

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