Healing Spot

The spot where time stops for you,
where you can fix the worst
feelings, from taking a toy
from your best friend to pushing
your siblings. This magical
twist of bad soil, writhing
and wrinkly vines, and mossy,
pointed stones and rubble
makes even the most miserable person
happy in no time at all.
Just go from the park. It’s down
the street on Oakleigh,
into the woods and over hills, water,
trees, and fallen logs. The way up
can be tiresome, trudging up
the steep face of dirt and snow,
clinging to a shredded rope
to cleanse your spirit,
but it’s worth a good attitude.
The view from the hill is breathtaking:
trees, streams, nature galore.
These are all the great things in life.
You think of the people who love you.
The old iron scrap pile is the
one thing that sticks out
in a bad way, but let the good,
beautiful power of nature and
love make it seem invisible.
This is what makes you realize
that you don’t have to be selfish,
you don’t have to be greedy, you
don’t have to be bad. You can fix
it and walk home.

Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.