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  • Nance Harding, MAHS-LPC

In the Mean Time




The poem In The Mean Time is about inhabiting the liminal space of life-changing illness be it physical, emotional, or spiritual. This in-between time or phase can become the fertile ground for renewal if you are willing to sit in the dark for a period of unknown time.


So, hold on. . . this too shall pass and new life will come forth.


In the Mean Time was published in Depth Insights: Seeing the World with Soul; Issue 9; 2016

I know there’s not much left


I’ve done the math, I see


the lines, the sags, I feel


the aches, the pains,


the losses, the gains.




So what to do with this shadowy


in-between time?


Purple doesn’t look good on me.


Too much yellow in the skin I hear her


say through a white chicklet grin.




I say do nothing to be the light


of your own magnificence!


Quietly rise up within


remembering from where you came.


A watery cave is where we all begin


as we return to the mother from


without and within.




Worship the mystery of who you are


and where you’ll be in the far and far


away place we all call home.


The heart of where we all come from.


Strip the wheat from the chafe


drink the milk so sweet from


the teat of loving-kindness.




Let the earth be your mother and


the sky your father.


Make amends, plant a flower.


Make yourself ready for the final hour.




Then watch the leaves turn in color


as they luxuriate in their own splendor.



Image: Leonora Carrington's Star

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