Apr 302014
Painting by Anabela Faia

Painting by Anabela Faia

Do not be ready before your time.
There’s no knowing what symmetry
is marshalling itself below this confusion.
First the long attentiveness of listening
must be paid. Don’t brave your way
out of this husk while it serves
to protect your impressionability.
Let yourself be kept a while longer
in these origins
where you are mine alone
and I am only yours.
Let something sweet be made of our secret.
Put not your offering into the world too soon.
Let it ripen in the guardianship
of your trepidation.
Let this fallow time be stretched
For it is in this unreadiness
that beauty takes its form.
Live a season longer in this holy refuge.
Because soon what nectar
is made of our union
will be for all the world to drink,
or not drink.
And you will need to remember what grace
was allowed only
by your long staying hidden.


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  24 Responses to “The Guardianship”

  1. eery how much this speaks to me. thank you.

  2. The need to offer to others what beautiful soul qualities I find within without first feeding deeply from them first myself must come from my old pattern of skipping over me to gain the love through someone outside of myself. This still runs so deep in me, but it is good to acknowledge now and work with.

  3. The universe speaks the truth of the ripening nectar of my new seeds within the pod. Gratitude to the mirror Toko-pa. <3

  4. Deep deep gratitude for this Toko-pa! Sweetness to my heart. Bless

  5. I love this.

  6. Much gratitude… Ataahua (beautiful)

  7. beautiful! Thank you for the wisdom and poetry of your words and heart 🙂

  8. oh, how this has lived in me…now I am emerging…and I am remembering “what grace was/is allowed only by your/my long staying hidden. <3

  9. Delicious….profound, and so welcome today..thank you

  10. This is such a lovely piece and so perfect for where i am and what I am processing right now. Thank you!

  11. wow, this is gold . . . has taken my breath into a deep inhale!

  12. Thank You

  13. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between reluctance, procrastination, passivity and true gestation. I love the permissiveness in your words tho. And the sifting and sorting, and the enquiry itself, reveals it’s answers, in time. I love the freshness and originality in your offerings Toko-Pa, it’s soulfood.

  14. Thank you

  15. I have crawled into the tree trunk.

  16. So beautiful as everything you post: thank you! I translated it into Spanish for a friend. Here it is in case you need it or for someone else to enjoy this prayer in Spanish.
    No estés lista antes de tiempo.
    No se puede saber qué simetría se está ordenando bajo esta confusión.
    Primero, se debe prestar una larga atención de escucha.
    No fuerces tu salida de esta cáscara mientras sirve para proteger tu impresionabilidad.
    Déjate proteger un poco más en estos orígenes donde eres solamente mía y yo soy solamente tuya.
    Deja que algo dulce salga de nuestro secreto, no expongas tu ofrenda al mundo demasiado pronto. Deja que madure en la custodia de tu inquietud, deja que este tiempo improductivo se extienda todavía porque es precisamente en este no estar lista donde la belleza toma su forma. Vive una estación más en este refugio sagrado porque muy pronto el néctar que se forma de nuestra unión estará disponible para que el mundo lo beba o no. Y deberás recordar la gracia que fue posible solamente porque permaneciste tanto tiempo escondida.

  17. Toko-pa, my first response to reading this was a) is she speaking to me?, and then b) i love her. thank you for sharing and nurturing YOUR gifts, so that you are able to share them with US. it’s people like you that keep giving me hope! 🙂

  18. You’ve posted this before I think. I remember how I felt first reading it, and again just now. Like my inner hidden anxious Self just took a deeper breath. Like something unclenched, unknotted itself, and unfurled, shook itself out and let itself become unencumbered by the fear of not being enough…. and a sigh went through me because I’ve been needing to be reminded of this. Thank you. ❤️

  19. slowly remembering that i do not always need to speak, share, give, be seen and acknowledged. i am worthy, also when i withdraw, stay silent, go within to listen, without sharing what i find immediately. your words are helpful and nourishing, as always.. reminding me that i can allow myself to be patient.

  20. Deeply profound! I read and re-read this poetic prose just before going to sleep. Makes me want to dream it! In my own reality I have experienced the feeling of these words and want to put it to imagery. “Let something sweet be made of our secret” lingers like a echo in my head. Your words resonate….much gratitude.

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