aha3: behold & allow


To hold —

And be held.

These are among life’s most holy acts, gifts —


Heart to heart and tiny lips to tender bud, we are beheld with our first breath.

And we behold —

Then grasp and gaze and coo and howl —

To be held —


And with each spring, we grow.

Each of us stronger, taller — becoming our own big blue horizons and towering pink torches of life.  Each of us changing — once the observer, now the climber.  Once the seeker, now the protector.

We allow ourselves and each other healthy distances and the room to grow.

And still —

With all our hearts, we behold —

And are beheld.

What and who do you behold today?  How are you allowing yourself and others to change and still be held?

ORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 23, 2011 on everydayahas.com

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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