Today I bring myself.
I bring forth form and substance
I bring forth solidity
but nonetheless a filler of the void.
I am this rock.
This rock is me.
I am sturdy
and cracked and broken
sparkling white crystals on the inside
exposed and vulnerable and beautiful.
Formed from dust one day to return.
I place myself in this rock
upon the altar of expectation
of being made new
of transformation and blessing.
And I sing out with exaltation
praise to the creator creating
Thank you for the gift of being
of filling the empty places
with my beauty and my pain.
-Shelby Lucas Slowey