POETRY & SPOKEN WORD by Agapi Stassinopoulos

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vast corridors In the vast corridors of my inner domains planks of love have been set on the floors for me to walk steadily on my path to feel the safety of my heart as it arches itself towards my soul to glimpse the light that first gave birth to that which I now call myself. To know my soul not as something I have read in the book of books or that the masters talk about but to know it as a reality in this physical world. I arch myself to reach it even higher when it gently says to me “Let me come to thee. To know me, to own me and to claim me as yourself.” No more a figment of your imagination or a poem to beautifully frame on your wall but to walk and talk as one who knows one’s soul. “And what about me?” I hear a little voice say inside of me. “Don’t leave me behind.” It is my worldly self that speaks. And yet, my soul, so gentle in its nature, filled with affection lends a hand to the part that thinks it can never reach the higher source and takes it in and says, “You, too, are a part of me. Come, rest, in my tender heart.” In the vast corridors of my inner domains, the planks of love have been laid for all parts of me to walk safely in the heart of love.

THE INNER LOVER I could walk on water so you’ll know I love you I could give you wings and you can come flying with me And you will know I love you I could do arabesque and pirouettes Dance the polka or drop a million stars at your feet And you will know I love you Or I could have every blade of grass Sing ”I love you”, in harmony till Every cell of your billion cell Will hear it loud and clear But your mind somehow still won’t believe it So I wait in the corner for you to turn around Letting you search for me Going through your ups and downs Take the million mile journey Do sidda yoga postures until the cows come home Wait and cry, ”Were are you !?” Feel hurt, betrayed, rejected, alone and abandoned I’ll let you do all that Because when you find me You’ll feel it’s worthwhile So I’m not going to take the journey away from you I won’t deny you the right to know That you now deserve to know me I, however, never put conditions in my love You did I threw a million daisy petals at your feet So you can play the game ”He loves me, he loves me not” But you somehow managed to always end it In the Not So I will let you be in your search for me Till one moment you’ll exhale, let go, turn around And you will fall in my embrace And know the immensity of my Love And that you and I are One.

WHAT IF TODAY What if today you were given a new clean slate where you were able to start fresh again with no doubt in your heart of knowing who you are where the script was now being re-written, exactly as you wished with happy endings and lots of love scenes with intimate interiors and gorgeous exteriors What if you hired a new writer that wrote winning scenes where the cameramen only shot your best shot and the cinematographer picked the ideal scenes where the curtain opened and never closed and the editor edited out all negative thoughts What if today you were cast for the starring role of your life and you were even given an award What if today, this moment, you claimed yourself and your trust was rekindled to the voice of your heart What if today, this moment, you stepped fully into who you are, you dared, you shared and you gave the world the gift of the magnificent you!

PALACE OF MY HEART You keep knocking at my door But I don’t live here anymore My old house is demolished, I left Where I live, you cannot find me Don’t look for me—I have no visitors of your kind. My house is lit with love If you come close, it will engulf you And you will disappear, and you won’t like that In my house, there is no room for you The rooms are filled with joy And you will not like that. Don’t keep knocking at my door. I have moved. You won’t find me there anymore. I have moved into the Palace of my Heart.

SIGNS OF YOUR HEART Within the confines of your life, you’ve placed so many signs With no exit No entry No U-Turns And all dead ends. Its time for you to take the signs down You’ve placed the signs and held yourself captive from your life Like a loyal servant to the master of the world. Only, now its time to take the signs down and listen To the master of your soul Within the confines of your life, you’ve placed so many signs For only one sign is required, permission is granted The gate is open Proceed with trust There are only green lights.