Tree of Life

Dancing arms stretch to
sky, dip to ground,
swaying with the vagaries of
living.

Roots spread deep even as I
stretch to expand, evolve.
Bright bark, glowing,
reaching beyond what is
possible to what is
manifest.

Winds blow new thoughts,
old thoughts even as
earth holds me firm when
rain falls to quench my
thirst.

Sun rises, sets, and my
limbs catch
fire.

I am tree.
I am world.
I am life.

© Hilary Clark ~ December 17, 2021

My poems are inspired by my art.  See the piece that inspired this poem here.

(Feeling) Impulsive

Stop thinking so hard.
Seriously.  Turn your mind off for a minute.
Instead, act.  Follow your instincts.
Follow the urge.
Feel the impulse.
Stop.
Drop.
Do a somersault.
Don’t walk – dance down the sidewalk.
Sing “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the produce section of Whole Foods.
Turn right when Siri tells you to turn left.
Paint your bathroom walls purple.
Paint your front door red.
Embrace your inner child.
Don’t let fear stand in your way.
Play drums on the kitchen counter with wooden spoons while making dinner.
If your family gives you the side eye, hand them a spoon and invite them to jam.
Share the impulse.
Share the fun.
Feel impulsive and act.

© Hilary Clark ~ 11/8/18

See the art here

(Feeling) Fear

Fight: kick off an argument.
Keep it going for days.
Never admit you might be wrong.

Flight: disappear into your
Phone, a book, your job.
Avoid the conversation at all costs.

Freeze: over-analyze.
Now you’re paralyzed.
The resolution is out of reach.

Feel the fear.
Let it burn you.

Or make a different choice to:

Stop fighting.
Stop fleeing.
Stop freezing.

Feel the fear and do
It – whatever it is –
Anyway.

© Hilary Clark ~ 8/14/18

See the art here