Sunday, April 28, 2019
National Poetry Month: Bridge to Nowhere
This blog post is dedicated to Dr. Bernie Siegel!
As I set out on my healing quest to heal the effects of paralytic polio and trauma in February of 2007 and discovered the gift of poetry in my soul, I also listened to Bernie Siegel MD's meditation CD's Prescription for Living. As I emerged from one of these healing intervals as Dr. Bernie likes to call them, I felt this poem flow out of me:
From "Feel the Heal: An Anthology of Poems to Heal Your Life":
Restlessness filled my cells
in the dark quiet of the night
transported to another time and place
a black and white photo
knowing even then
I was separate from the walking dead.
Yet I was separate from the living
a wandering stranger
would I ever find my way
the veil of fog lifted
unveiling the bridge
soft lush green grass
vivid colors created by the hand of Divine Love
unbuckled my brace
quietly stepping out of my old shoes
my bare feet tickled
my soul happy and free
the bridge to nowhere
home at last!
Many of my poems began with an expression of how I felt in the past having endured years of abuse at the hands of family members shortly after contracting paralytic polio at age 5. But I didn't stay there. Through the power of my pen, my divining rod for healing, I was able to transform and heal the wounds of my past through the power of love!
Recently I was blessed to be a guest on Bernie's show, Mind Health Matters. You can listen to the interview by following this link.
Bernie and I have been friends since the 1980's when a nurse introduced me to his work. He became my CD or Chosen Dad teaching me how to love myself and how the power of love heals.
As I wrote poetry transforming the past, I witnessed a miraculous healing in mind, body and soul. I created a future very different from the ones the doctors predicted for me that I would spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. I discovered the sport of running that became my therapy and brought me into a village of runners where we share unconditional love and respect for one another.
What a blessing to be happy and free on the bridge to nowhere finding my way home!
From my heart to yours
In Health and Wellness,
Be sure to visit my website at www.marymcmanus.com
Hear my interview with Kendra Petrone on Magic 106.7's Exceptional Women Show by following this link
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