poetry – blinded

A few years ago, while reviewing some of my journals, I noticed that some entries were written very differently than the traditional paragraph of thoughts, reflections, dreams, wishes, etc.  At first I thought they were more “stream of consciousness”. Then I started to read them and remembered that they were written as they came through; complete with pauses, and intuition about how to allow them to appear on the page.

I have held these and am now going to begin to post them from time to time.

I begin with “Blinded.”



Blinded by beliefs…

            What do we miss?

            What can we not see?

            What wishes – deeply – to be seen, yet cannot be seen?

                        because of beliefs;

                        because of traumas;

                        because of what we have been told.

And…if what we believe is holding us back…what then?

Beliefs –

            sustain, support, structure and hold – us back;

           keeping us from our deepest truths;

          that which we know and feel is true.

Yet – our beliefs about what life is – blind us to what is possible.

Do our beliefs blind us and therefore,

            keep the shroud of darkness –

            of separation

            Fully empowered?

And how do we abandon them?

            After all, for generations, we have held these truths.

            Self evident – yes.


            Because what we believe    

            And say creates our experience.

Does the holding of a belief

really support us?


does it hold us?

Shrouded in the darkness of beliefs

which are not real and do not support us –

the best of who we really are, and what we are here to be –

we betray – those we love

AND ourselves.

Lay them down.

Leave them behind.

Their beliefs are not yours.

Yours are for you.

Theirs are for them.

What is YOUR truth?

What do YOU really believe?

Are you blinded by your beliefs?

How would you know?


Unless otherwise noted, all images on this site are used with permission of the photographer, Lori Coleman.

To see more of Lori’s beautiful work, be sure to visit her Facebook page (Loco’s Photos).


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