Poetry Corner – Opening of the Soul

Hello Dear Ones!

For those of you following me regularly, you’ll know that I am doing a daily journaling under the guidance of a book that arrived in my life with inspiration and laughter. The book is by Iyanla Vanzant and is called “One Day My Soul Just Opened Up“. At the time of this writing I am on Day 13 of a 40 day journey into Self. Such an amazing journey it is!

When I first encountered this book I was enthralled with the poem presented at the beginning – an honouring and dedication of Vanzant’s book to her daughter Gemmia. It is Gemmia’s poem that I am offering to you here for both your enjoyment and for whatever wise gems and enlightenment might arise for you from this young woman’s insight.

One day my soul just opened up
**and things started happenin’
**things I can’t quite explain
**I mean
**I cried and cried like never before
**I cried tears of ten thousand mothers
**I couldn’t even feel anything because
**I cried til I was numb.

One day my soul just opened up
**I felt this overwhelming pride
**what I was proud of
** only God knows!
**Like the pride of a hundred thousand fathers
**basking in the glory of their newborn sons
**I was grinnin’ from ear to ear!

One day my soul just opened up
**I started laughing
**and I laughed for what seemed like forever
**wasn’t nothin’ particularly funny goin’ on
**but I laughed anyhow
**I laughed the joy of a million children playin’
**in the mud
**I laughed ’til my sides ached
**Oh God! It felt so good!

One day, my soul just opened up
**There were revelations, annihilations, and resolutions
**feelings of doubt and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness
**memories of things I’d seen and done before
**of places I’d been, although I didn’t know when
**there were lives I’d lived
**people I’d loved
**battles I’d fought
**victories I’d won
**and wars I’d lost.

One day, my soul just opened up
**and out poured all the things
**I’d been hiding
**and denying
**and living through
**that had just happened moments before.

One day, my soul just opened up
**and I decided
**I was good and ready!
**I was good and ready
**to surrender
**my life
**to God.

So, with my soul wide open,
**I sat down
**wrote Her a note
**and told her so.

Gemmia L. Vanzant

This poem holds more and more significance each time I read it, the deeper I get into my own soul. You’ll still find me smiling inside and out when I read that last stanza!

In Light and Laughter,


P.S.: I have written two other posts inspired by this same book and my journal through it and into my Self:
Trusting the Divine and Food: a Love/Hate Relationship.

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