THE SHINE by Blake Steele


There is a body within our bodies
that has not been twisted,
torn or trammeled,
troubled or tantalized,
but remains innocent.

This body knows silence
as a bird knows song,
as a horse the smell of water,
a bear the flash of fish.

When breath bores a hole
in flesh and sky pours through
this body shines.

When a soul defies its fear and throws
its human face wide open,
this body shines.

When someone dances
through crippled emotions
for the sake of freedom,
then this body leaps up
and shines.

Blake Steele


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