Lightning in a Bottle


While I was in treatment, I often turned to writing. It can be a confidante, a release, a way of capturing that “lighting in a bottle” emotion that can envelope you as you sit and reflect on your path. The poem below was composed on a trip I took to Tahoe right after I completed some treatment- I remember being so tired, all puffy-faced with the drugs, and not wanting to be photographed looking that way.  During a morning walk along the shore, I was overcome with the healing beauty of the natural world and this poem is the result. I felt at the time that the Lake was really reaching out to my weakened-self, speaking to my heart. I am glad I wrote it down and happy to share it with you as small sample of what expressive writing can do, and the healing power of being out in nature~

Tahoe Dreams

Mercurial, magical Lake Tahoe Dazzling with sun and starlight, History flavors the magnificent scenery And steals our breath~

Outlined on the shore, Faint footsteps of those that came before, The glassy water glimmers, Bathed in a predawn peach glow~

Brilliant blue vistas and green velvet groves of dreams, Scented sweetly with pine, fir, manzanita and granite Wild lilac and yellow mule’s ears punctuate Mother Nature’s perfect landscape

A celebration of the vast, outdoors and all its promise- The air a tonic so refreshing, it invigorates your mind With alpine exuberance and Crisp, mountain clarity of vision~

Lisa Morgan June 2009


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