From the Inside Out

The sun comes up, another day,

and you search your heart to find

The ‘who’ you are, the one you knew,

The one you left behind

You make a vow, “to myself be true”

as you start to piece together

That life you dreamed up as a child

That clouded with the weather

So you’ll need some tools, to guide your sails

The right way from today

A compass point, an anchor,

a light to show the way.

For when the horizon overwhelms,

or fills you up with doubt,

Don’t look for your tools from the outside in

Look from the inside out

From the inside out there’s clarity

You can see with the inner eye

You can use the lungs within

To breath a deeper sigh

From the inside out your inner voice

Speaks the vow with which you start

And there you find encouragement

Nestled deep within your heart

From the inside out, the compass faces a different pole

From the inside out, the compass points to your inner soul

When the soul is given voice

it is armor against the weather

And you can protect against the storms,

Rise up light as a feather.


copyright Alison Pothier

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