LIFT UP YOUR BANNER by John Fox ©1984
Such a banner is for the greatness
of wildflowers kissing their way delicately
through glaciers, for the beauty
of the mountaintop from which your soul
undoubtedly has gazed.
The next step you take shall bring you home
if you but release your cares
and think instead that help has come,
as sure as the wind will fly the banner
that you have raised–
the quietness of a wind
in an unseen meadow that waves
the banner of who you are
with the whispered assurance that says:
I Am. Or the great, great wind
that fills ships sails announcing
your arrival to a throng of blue sky,
angelic presence’s hushed in appreciation.
Your arrival to the new world of a new day,
the blessed shore rushing up to greet you.
John Fox is a poet and a healer who leads writing workshops all over America and beyond. I took a workshop with him last summer at the Writing as a Healing Art Conference at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, and it was an extraordinary experience. We wrote about scars. We wrote words of pain and words of healing. You might want to check out his book Poetic Medicine, The Healing Art of Poem-Making and/or visit his website www.poeticmedicine.com. Through the promotion of poetry as a healing art, he helps people contact their deepest soul and heal from whatever has wounded .