Open to All



It drifts in from the west

a cloud, dark and churning.

Sitting on a ridge top,

we watch its drunken steps

as it careens toward us.


Do we hunker down?

Do we run for cover?


We stay still

trusting the promise

hidden within its vapor.


From my lips escapes a prayer:

Please protect us, Beloved.


The cloud arrives

biting wind and swirling snow.

The view of the Sandia Mountains,

the Ortiz and all other landmarks

replaced by shifting gray.


Cheeks burning,

wind whistling in my ears,

I hold tight to the frigid rocks

turn my face from the gale.


But suddenly I look

straight at the snowflakes

hurling toward me,

and they sparkle

reflecting a sun I cannot see.


Thousands of shining souls

dance up and down,

rush forward and back,

a whole company of ballerinas

joining and separating

in perfect choreography.


My heart soars with them.

It lifts and twirls like a dervish

in the radiant effervescence of love.


The wind calms.

The tail end of the cloud

blows past.

A few sparkles

kick up their heels

in an encore

and then disappear,

leaving my heart full

open to any and all

experience that may come.



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8 Responses to “Open to All”

  1. Stephani March 2, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Forever and always, a loving thank you for your wonderful words; somehow, magically, they are just what I need to hear in the moment.

    • Lesley March 2, 2017 at 10:11 am #

      Thank you, Stephani. They are always perfect for me as well, when the Beloved sends them through.

      • Monica Zmuda March 2, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

        How wonderful the way you brought us all, each reader, inside this highly spiritual experience with you, Lesley. We are so blessed to have your beautiful photos and poems to inspire us on the journey. I thank you deeply.

        • Lesley March 3, 2017 at 9:35 am #

          Thank you, Monica. And I so appreciate the way your poems and experiences inspire me!

  2. Chloe Kyle March 3, 2017 at 3:01 am #

    I love the fearlessness in this Lesley, how you catch and see the dancing beauty of the snowflakes despite the harshness of the storm….it’s enlivening and inspiring. Thank you!

    • Lesley March 3, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      Thank you, Chloe. That’s truly the Beloved at work in creating that lovely state of openness to life’s storms. The more I come to know that all is love, the more the calm infuses every storm.

  3. Laura March 3, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    Oh such a graced dance! I felt this one this morning in a vivid recognition of the razor’s edge – that knowing it can go either way. Yet holding steadfast in Trust allowing for true joy and gratitude:)

  4. Mark Voelpel March 4, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    Lesley, this poem was especially beautiful and meaningful to me. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful reflection of the Master’s love and beauty.

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