With Wings Unfolded

Much has fallen away –
the medals, the money,
the magical thinking
turned by the long slow arc
to become like old crow
who croaked at the beginning
about what doesn’t last,
yet standing before your art
I see our lifetimes compressed,
the once unformed angel
with wings now unfolded,
the colors of the eternal
in time released brilliance
shooting holes in the dark curtain
ego uses to cover its ignorance,
restoring in my weather worn heart
the hopeless infatuation with beauty.



Encaustic painting by Eilish Hynes

Encaustic painting by Eilish Hynes


15 Responses to “With Wings Unfolded”

  1. Paul Blythe says:

    As I move from one home to another this week, I am aware of holes in the dark curtain of my ego, hopefully in the past. There is to much to do in service these days. The light of God’s love is coming through the curtain with streams of hope and grace.

  2. Michael Rider says:

    Stunning Don. With this you have added another ray of beauty.

  3. Jane says:

    Your words move me yet again. Thanks.

  4. David Banner says:

    “Shooting holes in the dark curtain the ego uses to cover its ignorance”….beautiful!

  5. Ellen Faith says:

    Compelling images and a truly lovely–and wise–current in this. Thank you.

  6. Athena Coleman says:

    Eilish’s painting reminds me of the cenotes in Mexico where we’ve swum in below ground clear pools, lit from above. The beauty of your words and her art is food for the soul.

  7. Jack leishman says:

    Never give up on “the hopeless infatuation with beauty”…….

    Once again, a deeply moving poem, Don…..another of yours that will vibrate within me for some time to come…..

  8. Rose says:

    Gorgeous! I send a surge of love to you and to her!

  9. Pichay says:

    In this moment of being with this poem and painting, I am trapped momentarily in a public library, having had 3 seizures in the past hour and unable to remember all but this one password to here, now. Somehow I will find my way to the correct bus stop. Its not pitiful. I will find my way home to safety. I AM present in the midst of this circumstance. There are angels on the street waiting to assist me. The Light is always available to support my incarnation until ascension time. In this circumstance, it begins with compassion and forgiveness to my brain for it’s injured state.

  10. Bill Dare says:

    Your strength and Balance along w/ your Connection are wonderful examples to this man.

  11. Eilish says:

    I’m so honored to have these words pair with my painting. I love you dad.

  12. Kaia says:


  13. Jim Ehmke says:

    Yes, lift the veil of the ego.

  14. Robin Bryant says:

    I’m always so thankful for how the miraculous images from your heart, are formed into words .. and received with wonder into my heart and soul. They live within .. birthing new Life through my journey. Exquisite, Don and Eilish!

  15. Marco says:

    special …

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