A Soul Set Free

a poem

Seven Butterflies Illustration
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Lift up your face.
You, there in the shadows,
Head hanging in disgrace.

There is no reason
to sit full of fear, to shackle
yourself to yesterday’s woes.

There is no reason
to feel rooted to guilt
and shame no one knows.

No reason to hold yourself
back from all things wonderful
all things beautiful and freeing…

No reason for you to be in disgrace.
You, there in the shadows,
Lift up your face.



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Fiddleheads & Floss–WHERE Did THAT Crazy Name Come From???

https://thebiglakemi.com/2018/03/15/15-nature-quotes-to-inspire-you/

A brief poem to get the fiddlehead in you rising…

Evolution


I am rising, unfolding
A fiddlehead taking my place
In the lower vascular canopy.
Can you feel my presence?
Alive.
I am alive.
I cradle my thoughts,
Tiny spores lined up
In patterns beneath me,
Vowels waiting
To be released.
I share them
With the sun.
Can you hear my rising?


The name Fiddleheads & Floss has a meaning that is twofold, as the name suggests. Both are symbolic.

The first, deals with self.


As a poet, of course I had to choose something symbolic; but it had to appeal to the self, meaning — YOU.

Have you ever heard of a fiddlehead? In nature, this is a fern, curling in on itself at night, and then unfurling and rising with the sun in the morning. The vision is truly symbolic if you think of it. Think of folding in on yourself, turning inward, hugging–if you will–that which you have to give the world, all that you were blessed with, nurturing it, growing it, creating, designing—rising—unfurling–releasing

The fiddlehead is symbol for the creative process, the healing process, the process of becoming the person you are meant to be, living in your truth, honoring yourself…fill in the blank for yourself…The fiddlehead is a symbol for being YOUR TRUEST SELF and GIVING your truest self to the world.

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There are things deep inside of you that have been there since you were a child, that you have carried in your heart. Perhaps it was not nurtured. Perhaps it was discouraged. Perhaps a dream you thought was unworthy of following because the “world” tells you it was silly or unimportant or of little value.

It has value. YOU have value.

I am here to tell you that these seeds all have value. They are planted within us with a purpose and intention that only come to fruition when WE grow them .

Your seeds, your gifts, your inner contribution to the world is not meant to be kept folded under, kept subdued, despondent, oppressed, dismissed! These tiny seeds wish to germinate, take root, grow, flourish, and bloom into beautiful things in your life.

Your gifts, YOU BEAUTIFUL FIDDLEHEAD YOU, are meant to be shared with the world. So RISE, unfurl, stand in the sun, and share your creative spirit with those around you and BE YOUR TRUEST SELF!

So let’s get to that second part; FLOSS. What’s THAT about? Community. That’s the US part.

What connects us? It’s simple…

Very simple. And very delicate. Like floss.

We’ve already talked about a nature theme/symbol (one of my favorite things is nature) and now a cross stitching theme (also a favorite) is the embroidery floss, which is quite delicate sewing floss that comes in all kinds of beautiful colors and textures.

Think of all the different people of the world. All the communities and cultures of this wide and varied and fantastic planet we live on…the connectivity we all share is…well…delicate.

Our connectivity as humans is sometimes fragile and difficult for us to keep at the center of our focus …but it is always there.

Think of laughter. Love. Music. Poetry. Ambition. Survival. Water. Children. Hope. Death. Beauty. Nature. Words. Smiles.

The floss part of the name came from wanting to honor my love for a life long interest in cross stitiching but also ended up being very symbolic in a community kind of way.

Combine the two images, throw in some alliteration with f + f to satisfy my poetic mind (I also carried this over to Twitter and Medium with @Fnfwriter of Twitter, @Fnfwriter on Medium and Fiddleheads & Floss Poetry Publication on Medium) and there you have the birth of Fiddleheads & Floss; a name which I intend to have trademarked as soon as I am financially able. (I have already had someone threaten to use it—for the record. NO. I have been using this name since 2008.

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