The Phoenix and the Dove

When all of life seems lost
and she settles down to die
she knows she’ll leave the
past behind
(those things that haunted and
hurt her in her mind)
but yet she knows full well
that it will never be the end
for life turns in circles
…circles without end.

So, settling down to die
sees her birth once more
and born of flames from
passions fire comes the
desire to want to live
to be
…to breathe.

She rises from the heat’s
exotic dance
arches her back in exquisite
excellence and fans the
flames with life’s desire.

The will of simply

She spreads her golden wings
and soars…
knowing freedom’s taste
once more.

But at times the Phoenix tires of
eternal night and day
when she does, the Dove inside
takes up her flame
and, the freedom

She’s the restful spirit that
exist’s in me
…the fiery bird.

She is all the peace there is

The calmness to be felt up there
within the blue who glides on
breezes that softly tease and
blow her feathered down.

She is my calmness
…my serenity.

The purest of pure white doves
who lives and breathes in me.
Spirit of heaven’s hosts who
teaches me most of all
what it is to love and
be loved.

She is my mentor…my guide
who sees with eyes wide open
as she flies the sky
inside a meditated calm
that is at One
with all.

The Phoenix and the Dove

I know them both so well now
for each has always seemed
an equal part
of me.

Each one gives me freedom
and when at last I lay me
down to die I’ll know
the circle is unbroken
Circles without end
for those two spirits will be
flying the skies unless
time eternal



© Daydreamertoo *All rights reserved

I mentioned on the recent ‘Life of a Poet’ interview at Poets United with Sherrybluesky that I have always felt as if I have two very different spirits in me from which I gain, strength/wisdom, courage etc and, for some reason ever since I was very young I have always felt as if I know how it really does feel to ‘fly.’ To preen feathers, to lift them and fold them back into place. To open wings out wide, take off and fly. To be above the world to soar and glide with nothing but peace and the rush of wind in my face.
I’ve always had a feeling in another life that I was a bird and know the feeling of free flying and, a few years ago was told by someone who ‘read’ Native American stones that I have an Eagle, a white Buffalo and a Dolphin as my animal spirit guides. She said that to have an Eagle was so unusual because they are considered the highest of animals to have as a guide, filled with wisdom and, not many have them, but to have three animals which covered, land, sea and air was really very unusual and she told me I ought to allow myself to be guided by them.
I’m open to any and all things that spiritually enlighten.

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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

18 thoughts on “The Phoenix and the Dove”

  1. I enjoyed the tidbits I learned about the phenix, I prefer that spelling, don’t know why though lol. A dove? hmmm for a moment I thought the dove was her love given to you that carries you through so much. I see you as the phenix, happy Sunday D.!

  2. That first verse is so good it draws you in to the wonderful journey of this poem, I love the phoenix, great use of the prompt.

  3. Each of us has flames we must rise from…two birds, one rises from flames to persevere to be reborn, the other a dove to bring inner peace…a unique view of combing both birds…

  4. I love the character’s awareness that the end is not the end, because everything is cyclic. Enjoyed reading your process notes.

  5. The Phoenix and the Dove,to support each other. Flying high is an obsession. You brought that feeling outright, Bren! Beautiful write!


  6. Spirits full of determination, peace, purity, trueness, eternity, ever-renewal. I don’t think I ever seen the Phoenix and Dove written together in a poem, it’s wonderful the way you’ve put them together. Really like it. 🙂

  7. This was so spiritual and beautiful~ I love what you have created~ I love seeing the paths and the circles that cascade outward~ Stunning! I can relate to feeling things profound, as you described. Mine is different than yours, but as unique as you described~ You can email me if you want to discuss further!

  8. Oh how lovely. The Phoenix and the Dove. “all the peace there is.” and the two spirits that will be flying the skies “unless time eternal ends.” So beautiful. I really enjoyed your notes after, too. Awesome to have an eagle, a dolphin and a buffalo – especially a WHITE buffalo! – as your spirit guides. Wish I knew what mine is, but I am suspecting it howls at the moon at midnight:) So enjoyed my read here tonight.

  9. I too have heard that the Eagle is the most sacred animal among many tribes. That openness to experience, spiritual and material, is a true blessing. Your poem expresses so much of that free spirit. It encapsulates desire for freedom and peace along with the fire to make them happen.

  10. I love the message of the phoenix and the dove, Bren. so much of life IS circular. We just have to remember to look…. Blessings to you.

  11. Now I know what I want for a tattoo, a Phoenix and a Dove, inspired by your poetry! Love this…the symbolism is powerful, and your words drew me along right to the end. Then I went back to the beginning to read it again!

  12. The Phoenix and the Dove One brings life the other love. Damn that worked good..hahaha…Liked how you made it so humble with the mythical phoenix that it can relate to all. And three spirit guides, what no cat? That is just plain rude..haha

  13. It all does seem to work together… amazing where the mind can take us… as for the flying, that’s why Harley does such a great business

  14. settling down to die
    sees her birth once more
    and born of flames from
    passions fire comes the
    desire to want to live
    to be
    …to breathe.

    love that…i find it interesting that both are flying spirits and that you fel you know what it feels like to fly…i have always dreamed of flying like a bird…i told someone this recently in the comments so if it was you forgive me…also the symbolism of peace and rebirth in your your two spirits…very cool bren…

    and thanks for the intel on wordpress…will check my old WP profile and see if that works…

  15. the phoenix and the dove…flying is certainly a dream of mine as well…and love how you play on the different characters here…the wisdom…the passion.. and great explanation….with the eagle..they’re majestic…spread your wings bren…and fly on…

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