Tagged: love

Love Loan | Returning the Favor

If I borrow you my love
will you return it
battered and bruised
tormented and used
or will you cherish it?

drawing of meLoving me like
we’ve been
for ages
when it’s really only been moments
in each others thoughts

If I allow you to let me come in and sit for a while
just enough to make you smile
will you let me leave

or will this
innocent effort of kindness
passion and mindlessness
be too much to let go
once you know

I know of the pain you speak
and I too feel the void you wish to seek
though I’ve not yet found it myself
the hope of it haunts me

my realities have become fairy tails
and my daydreams my reality
I create heroes and halos from recycled matter
than have no home

this gives me solace
when I can’t find my way
helping others throughout their day
allows me purpose in a world of my own
where even the youngest appears full grown

a pleasant Distraction
yearning for satisfaction
not my own
I feed myself
by fulfilling your hunger

If I borrow you my love
will you return it
feeling that you owe me
with interest?
You’ve already paid

It’s actually me that’s returning the favor

© DaraMonifah

Nature’s Pending Lesson

The heavens are crying
So they can wash away all the blood
Spilled on our slippery streets of despair

The oceans are churning
Preparing to merge together with wise winds
In hopes of purging us so that we may be cleared

Cleared of all toxins
Like hatred and anger

Cleared of all fears
Like imminent hunger and poverty

Clearing us out so that we may make room
For progress

The heavens are crying!
The oceans are churning!!
The thunder is rolling!!!

Shall we wait for the earth to quake
And shake us out of our slumber
Or are we ready to do our part?

Mother Nature always has the last word
And Father time stands right beside her
Ready, willing and able to end it all
When she says so

Tired of seeing her crying
He awaits the signal
To set us straight


Selfishness vs. Selflessness: A Healing Art

Love Letter: Selfishness

Why is it seemingly so challenging at times to focus on self? Isn’t that all we are doing anyway?

Everything is selfish; Maybe not in a healthy way, but in reality, even continuous consistent acts of selflessness i.e. “charity or community service” fills an individual need for our person… or we wouldn’t do it, period. (may starve one need to feed another)

When we recognize this, we can easier learn to balance how/what we choose to use our energy for… Whether healing and strengthening ourselves directly or indirectly through redirecting our love to others.

With Love, Light and Laughter,
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The Lesson: Selfishness
Think of times before when you’ve felt loved, appreciated, cared about, acknowledged…

What helped you to feel that? Was another person’s comment or response? A sudden epiphany based on a memory, song or something you overheard? Maybe something you realized in nature?

Sometimes we get new feelings and lessons from rereading our own journals or taking another look at our own artwork, whether it be written or painted; crocheted or baked; worn or listened to.

The lessons are always there for us, patiently waiting until we are ready to notice them. We might not learn them the first time they appear, maybe not even the second or third time we notice and acknowledge them, but when it is time for the lesson, the student will always reveal themselves and is always the one really teaching themselves.

As with the horse and water, we know we can’t shove awareness down anyone’s throat, much less in their mind or spirit. All we can, and maybe all we should do is to live by example and share our own struggles, triumphs, lessons and thoughts publicly so that others can learn from the process. Not necessarily with the intention to teach them any specific lesson, but just a way of experiencing the process, so that they may create and live their own process.

We can though help others feel loved, appreciated, cared about or acknowledged by learning and doing the behaviours that work for THEM. There are already many tools that exist to help us figure out our own individual “love languages,” as Gary Chapman uses in the method(s) provided (5 Love Languages for children, relationships, churches, etc.). Whichever method works for us and others… as long as the destination is met; let the journey be one’s own. In other words, though our road may lead to the desired place, others may not learn everything they need to learn for themselves along the way only meant for us.

When we can consistently meet our own needs as well as help others meet theirs, we will all be more open, honest, trusting and fulfilled beings. There is a formula for each of us, and none of them are exactly alike, just as none of the SOULutions are exactly written, though there are always good examples. These examples are always present… in ourselves, those close to us and even in those we may not resonate with, so remain open, be attentive, listen INtuitively and learn at will. These examples are found at all times, in all occasions, with or without others present.

Studying nature has been found to be one of the greatest teachers, period. In any situation. The patterns and cycles of life found in everyday surroundings are there for us to learn from as well as enjoy and take care of, as they take care of us in return. In everything there is balance. Every teacher is a student and every student a teacher all at the same time. It is only for us to accept, honor and submit to the will of our own selfishness to that even in our humanitarian acts of selflessness, we keep present in the knowing that it is All(ways) about the I and I is all(ways) about the All.

Sharing Captured Light

Is it greedy to capture light?
…or is it selfless to share a moment appreciated?


Sometimes I feel like I’m being selfish by not sharing the beauty that lives of our environment daily

Here in our beloved United Virgin Islands, we walk on, drive through, sail around or fly over and live in it all the time, yet there are others who don’t have even a moment of the same opportunity to appreciate, be healed by or add to such a simple part of our existence

Videography, photography, painting, illustration… music, writing and now the web are our tools for sharing this beauty that is Nature

I figure if we share more of it, it’s just adding another opportunity to help others experience the peace, love, harmony, balance and energy that is life

Capturing light

in us all, there is light


even in what seems to be darkness

there is usually something glimmering in the distance


or it may be the reverse,

so close, that we are the silhouette, unknowingly


depending on how open we choose to set our mental, social, intellectual or spiritual aperture

we can either be blind

…or blinded

by captured light

SMILE while CRY…

In the midst of the thunder, the lightning, the brimstone and the fire… I choose to pause, breathe and appreciate the rainbow within. Rain drops are after all, a blessing… and the shock of burning urges us to wake up, remain present, grow and heal.

Taking a moment to pause everything around me… all my unfulfilled responsibilities, all my insecurities, the weaknesses that continue to surface and smile in my face… and the painful memories that all seem to return as a gang of tormentors… I smile.

I sit still and smile, because I can. In all that has happened and all that I have experienced. I still stand and laugh and love freely and deeper than before… afraid, yet faithful that it matters more to just be than to be (too) careful.


in the midst of what may perceptively FEEL like a thousand deaths repeated and coming to crescendo,


in the midst of knowing the errors in my ways and the flaws in my intentions

i choose life.

inner freedom is worth bearing the invisible shackles of public ‘impression of degradation’

they will see what they want to see whether or not we look at it ourselves…

be true to the greatest good of you and your light will be revived

SMILE radiantly because you are…

just because you are.

it takes a vill…

it takes a village… our music (art, goal, dream, mission) is sometimes that child.

Our greatest challenges often lead to our greatest realizations, exponential inner growth and thus, many of our greatest successes.

As I think of all the creative ideas and people who dwell in my immediate local community, I am overwhelmed with gratitude at the blessing of witnessing so many miracles of Creation.

My only hope, for us to learn to work together collectively and economically to rise ourselves even higher on a holistic level. It will take sacrificing time, commitment, growth, creativity, determination, maturity, professionalism, trust and faith.

The time is now… it takes a village

heART songs sin…

heART songs sing my soul to sleep as their vibrations heal me awake.

No language can express abundance better than the heART can feel and share it…. but the closest thing I’ve felt to it, I feel from the chords of my acoustic guitar, the keys of my grande piano and the release of my INner voice when it is allowed to project freely.

Why stifle self healing? Why shelter self from being loved? Why not just smile, love and be loved. Could you be loved? Then be loved.

I remember the feeling I’d get from doing simple pencil and charcoal sketches or black and white photography. I could get lost in just the moment of doing and not worry so much about the end result. The same with my writing… poems inked on random napkins, Styrofoam containers, leaves or whatever else shared itself to my moments.

Knowing how easy it is to love and how much I love to love pains me sometimes when I realize I’ve stopped breathing, stopped drinking, stopped eating, stopped singing, stopped drawing, stopped running and jumping… stopped living. or just paused.

I know it was by choice. I know it was for protection. I know it was out of pain, shame, fear, feelings of failure and self neglect. I know. I accept. I allow it to be so…

I know I am love. I know I am a healer and that I must start over and continue at the same time, by healing myself.

I know I am ready… have been and will continue to be. I am that.


i am


bring on the colors and the notes

bring out the tears and the sweat

having kept them in so long I look forward to what they will share

with me as their first audience

in the middle of the all

heART songs sing my soul to sleep as their vibrations heal me awake.

as I look left. I know now the time to right.

heART songs sing my soul to sleep as their vibrations heal me awake.

Good Mourning

SunShine. Moonlight. Pillow clouds. Purifying rain. Healing flame. detoxifying grain. Page turning breeze… tantalizing tremors accepted as quelling quakes used to shake me open

eye lids unlocked

voice freed

Time 2 reKreate DaraMonifah.thePoetArtistMusician ME.

When I’m DOWN a…

When I’m DOWN and OUT, it’s becoming easier to see that the only place to go is IN and UP!
©DaraMonifah.thePoetArtistMusician ME. (https://www.facebook.com/DaraMonifah.thePoetArtistMusicianME)
#Quote4u2Day @peacegreetings

Whether or not we believe in celebrating the man-made dates and holidays of the 12 month calendar, we can openly choose to use these experiences as placebos or springboard opportunities to remind and renew certain aspects of ourselves.

Pain = Prelude to Pleasure …INjoi it all to the fullest

What is pain but our
Prelude to coming pleasures
…Living Love Embraced

©DaraMonifah.thePoetArtistMusician ME.

Looking back at the calendar year of 2012, I momentarily relived, the pains, joys, struggles and successes that have helped to build me into who I am now…. a stronger, wiser, more beautiful and more faithfully open me. I look forward to what my journey will bring during this calendar year and beyond.