Haikus

By Rachel Dowda

Vulnerability

rip open your chest

let truth spill out of your mouth

and flowers will grow

 

Adventure

rushing through your bones

adventure is not a place

but mountains in you

 

Food

made to climb mountains

and sleep under stars

for they will feed you

 

Process

let trust embrace you

open hands receive healing

you are made for more

 

Giraffe

stretch above the trees

and see the wonder pass by

the sky is now home

 

Moon

i am a moon child

a goddess of space and time

body full of stars

 

Feelings

we are meant to feel

so let the emotion flow

a full heart’s a gift

 

Callie

I’m walking bravely

the lions will not eat me

i’ll eat them first

 

Flexibility

turning back and forth

either way is fine with me

a choices are paths

 

Change

the seasons change too

and aren't you made of earth

wind blows and also you

 

Pride

feeling proud is now

and this is the beginning

roses pushing up

 

Fear

tell the wolves i’m home

my nightmares could not catch me

i’m safe in my pack

 

Garden

deep roots and rich soil

vines spreading, stalks growing tall

this garden is me

 

Self

the mountains are me

rivers flow on through my veins

healing wind blows by

 

A Song to my Neck

you hold my head high

but banished under a veil

why do I hide you

 

giraffes are not shy

they move amongst the clouds

thriving with the trees

 

Recovery

hidden fearlessness

lion heart, strong hands, wise mind

draw your sword and fight

 

Worth

stars are inside you

constellations in your blood

please know you’re magic

 

Transformation

a caterpillar

does not know when it happens

but then wings break through

 

Safe

wrapped, safe, covered and

it will all be okay now

you know what to do

 

Fear

fear grabs my hand and

tries to interlock fingers

but i let his go

 

and he reaches out

but with hands in my pockets

i walk towards the mountains

 

fear is still right there

and i avoid his hands by

picking up flowers

 

Family

blood is thicker than

water but we all drink from

the same golden cup

 

Girls

girls carry life in

the center of their being

a secret garden

 

Mirrors

standing in front of

glass that i give the power

dictate love and hate

 

my body stands there

pinching, squeezing my skin suit

but this suit loves me

 

so i say thank you

she does so much for me and

deserves all the love

 

Pick One

isnt it something

shame is debilitating

sadness is movement

 

OCD

talons squeezing my brain

whispering and convincing

now is saying no

 

Better

know life gets better

every day you welcome it

so say good morning

 

Alone

hiding, avoiding

feral house cat was my life

now wolf in a pack

 

Courage

courage is standing

in front of the mirror and

saying i love you

 Rachel Dowda

Rachel Dowda