life: acoustic & amplified

poetry, quotes & thoughts about life

over and over

This world doesn’t improve by demanding perfection. It improves when we reach through our armor and touch another with tenderness. It improves when we bust through the walls of our conditioning, and try a new way of being on for size. It improves when we work through our unresolved shadow and share what little light we can find. It is the small, positive steps that we take when we are at war with ourselves that change the world.

– Jeff Brown



this same thought keeps appearing


I delete…


I delete…

haven’t I already written a poem?

haven’t I already written that exact one?

What have I left out?

What haven’t I examined properly?

There are always layers

As Shrek reminds me,

I am an onion…


yes, layers



truth left to excavate

healing to be won

motivations to uncover

mystery to be discovered

always more

God keeps getting bigger

as I examine my own heart,

reduce my need to be right,

open my hands wider.

realization dawns

growth happens

humbles me…

my best self emerges within this process

send it again…

remind me again…


Amy Lloyd

Dear God,

I’m getting tired of your mystery.

I feel distant. I can’t get to you.

Like digging in sand that keeps caving in.

Like running and getting nowhere. Reaching but not touching.

There is a thin crust of ice on the surface of my soul.

I want to break through and come to you, to dive into you deeper.

I want to be more here. More present. Deeper in.
What is holding me back? Is it my discipline?
My need to surrender more? May scatteredness?
My over-anxious ego?
Break my ice, God. Break through. Melt me. I want more.
Come to me.

I am here. You are here. You are in me already.
Where do you think you want to go?
Where do you think I am?
I am the sand. I am the ice. I am the space.
I am the longing.
Just stop. Here we are.
Here we are.

I love you.


Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Unfolding Light

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