contemplation dream

The mountain and its collection; the spit of the kissing insects, sticky slick of the sweating trees, dead skin of the swearing adventurers, the four-leaf clover found and forgotten, licked water, left water, lipstick of a wanderer, stones picked for skipping, stones never chosen, a drop of blood of boy scout blood-brothers, disappointing mushrooms, and lively ones, glass, ashes, salt, grass. The mountain smiles like a proud child over the collection it has amassed.
—  Myself
The girl who lives in me

sweet girl,
gentle girl
soft and loud and outspoken girl
dreaming girl, contemplative girl
joyful, silly, messy girl
passionate girl
playful girl
talks too much and sings all day
feels too much and loves too hard

this is the girl who lives in me
this is the girl i have come to be.


Calm settles in
Where the heavy weight of anxiety
Has since vacated.
Stealing across her skysoul,
A shooting star of peace
Lights up her inner night.
Silence, once oppressive,
Offers contemplation of lovestruck dreams.
Time, gives the promise of healing,
For new life to spring from what once was broken.
Tingling fingers reach for tomorrow
With wide eyed delight
As they brush against unfiltered hopes
Cascading through unfettered desires.
“Dream of me,” she whispers
Sending her heart out into the night
To race along a moonbeam
Until within her love’s heart it alights.

© Courtney Turley 2017

By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.
—  Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
You are the object of my dreams’ contemplation.
You are the one in whose name my youth sang out,
Chanting in the flood of your smiling light.
—  Nazik Al-Malaika
the signs & common words’ secondary definitions

aries: head (adjective; chief, principal)
taurus: leave (verb; allow to remain)
gemini: free (adjective; not under the control or in the power of another; able to act as one wishes)
cancer: move (verb; provoke a strong feeling, especially of sorrow or sympathy, in)
leo: press (verb; forcefully put forward opinion, claim, or course of action)
virgo: dream (verb; contemplate the possibility of doing something)
libra: lost (adjective; denoting something that has been taken away or cannot be recovered)
scorpio: fire (verb; stimulate or excite [the imagination or an emotion])
sagittarius: wild (adjective; uncontrolled or unrestrained, especially in pursuit of pleasure)
capricorn: back (adverb; expressing a return to an earlier or normal condition)
aquarius: high (adjective; a state of high spirits or euphoria)
pisces: sweet (adjective; pleasing in general, delightful)