Day 20: Dancing the Paradigm

On the cusp of Samhain,
the time when the veils between the worlds
grows thin, can you hear the Ancestors
urging us to expand our perspective
wide enough to change
the earth’s music
to a brand new song?
To breathe an evolution,
a revolution, an expansive flowering
of every good intention,
dancing the edge of
a new paradigm?
A shift is happening
on Planet Earth.
Our souls rise to meet it
with joy.

Come, let’s trip the light fantastic,
prancing and cavorting like giddy reindeer
under a waxing polar moon,
conga into winter sunshine with hopeful feathers
all aloft and glistening,
caper into the dawn, vibrant and smiling
and never so alive!

Join me. We’ll pull on the moss
like sweet little socks,
and tiptoe through the forest
like sprites, dip our tippy-toes
into the Pond of Peace,
set all our dreams alight
with the shine of sunset
over the wilding sea.

Never before,
has there been
such a winter of Possibility
as now I see.

Sherry Marr lives in Tofino, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, in Canada. Its spectacularly beautiful landscape inspires her work in her sunset years. In this poem, she is responding to the shift she feels happening, turning from the divisive and toxic rhetoric of the last few years towards our truer natures, in which we See No Other, only Us. Fork. Road. It is up to us. The Ancestors hold their breath. Sherry writes at   

9 thoughts on “Day 20: Dancing the Paradigm

  1. I always enjoy Sherry’s work, so Wild Woman wise and comforting. The title was a sharp hook for me, and the poem pierced my heart. I sensed the thinning veils and the shift, and I heard the Ancestors between the lines. I love the phrase ‘an expansive flowering of every good intention’ and the image of the New year starting with a ‘conga into winter sunshine with hopeful feathers / all aloft and glistening’.


  2. Thank you for reading, friends. And thank you, Sarah, for creating this beautiful advent calendar, bringing us so much inspiration day after winter-dark day. You have created a thing of beauty. The photo is of the barn at my sister’s small farm, where I lived for a few years before I came back to Tofino. I got to live with horses and dogs and it was wonderful. I do miss the critters here. But I carry treats for all the happy beach dogs, who race to me on sight. LOL.


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