into the vortex


Corsica storm

Into the Vortex

By Vicki L. Flaherty

A powerful force

pulls you in.


in an endless tunnel.

No bottom

to stand on.

No end

for rest.



Only flecks

of light

catch your eye

as you spin


and around.

Your arms reach



for certainty.

Your hands



to something.

Unsure what.


out of control.

So fast

there’s an illusion

of smoothness.

Jagged edges

cut you

as you fall

further in.

You tear

into pieces

Part of you



you hear stories.

They are lies.

You try

to cover your ears.

Despite your repetitive

calming mantra,

the hurricane


Your fear

falls like punches

against steel.




You can’t break free.

* Photo: Cap Corse, Corsica (taken by Vicki Flaherty, 2007)


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.

8 responses »

  1. Ah Vicki, you sound troubled. If it is work, I hope you can let it go. If it is not work, I hope you can let it go. Gripping is a most draining activity! Sending you love & energy.

  2. I agree with Maureen in that I hope you can find a calm to release yourself from this vortex. I so hope that you can take time for the calming and caring influence we share through our yoga groups this week–perhaps finding peace beyond what is consuming your energy and hindering your sense of control.

  3. Maureen and Jedn, thank you for your encouragement. As you’ll see in today’s post (, I am moving in the right direction. Writing the poem was part of the catharsis that moved me through the rough spot. It is work that is stretching me. I am letting go…caring about it but in a detached way. I am wearing the lens of gratitude and it’s amazing how that really changes how I perceive things. I WILL be at yoga on Monday, Jedn. I have missed it so…Love you both, my sisters.

    • I am songladvyo see you move from a place of strees and darkness to a place of gratitude and light! We shall share that place in yoga.

      • Oops, my miss hits on my phone key board– meant to say “I am so glad you… “

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