My initial intention with this blog was to go through the poems in Mostly My Heart Sings in the order they appear in the book. However, today a particular poem (below) was calling me. We have a gift of a day here in Iowa City – sunshine, blue skies and temperature up in the 60s. Jim is back home from a business trip and we are looking forward to a fun day, enjoying the beautiful weather, a run along the Iowa River, an evening on the deck with our fire pit…today I have a sense of freedom.  (And how appropriate with Veterans Day tomorrow?)

I wrote this poem after both of my surgeries, when I was gaining a sense of strength, realizing that I would overcome the cancer and move gracefully and more powerfully in my life as a result of my experience.  The seeds for this poem were planted on a beautiful day like today, when I was outside running with Jim, and watching the birds fly over the Iowa River.  I remember thinking how awesome it would be to fly, to embrace the vast openness of the sky and float effortlessly on thermals – and wondering if I could create something like that for myself down here on the ground as a human being.  The answer?  Yes, for moments at a time.


by Vicki L. Flaherty

A bird

opens her wings

wide and expansive.

Air surrounds her

and her feathers

fill with strength.

Using the lightness

from the solid ground

into the endless sky.

She floats on thermals

into the unknown.


© copyright Vicki L. Flaherty, Mostly My Heart Sings, 2013


About Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing, gardening, photography, or my work. Running and yoga enrich my being. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

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