The Other Side

Wind carries Autumn’s songand I am crawling out of a nightmare Insides churning widdershinsthoughts grasping for a forward pull Have been to the edge,touched the volatile Birdsong breaks solemnityI catch a ray of light. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @VjknutsonLast September, I was in hospital fightingthrough a life threatening condition. I penned this there. Image […]

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Purging Betrayal

Burn the love letterswatch as each quaint lie curlssham interrupted –betrayal’s intricacyscatters amongst the embers. (Image my own)

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Tired of Same Old Endings

Tired of same old endingsin which hopes are slaughteredand tragedy and insanity win. Raised by the bottle, learnedto set standards low –still afraid of heights –have fallen as the groundbeneath my aspirations crumbled –a certainly under alcohol’s rule. Tired of same old endingsin which self is battered by indifferenceand ego loses the battle for control. […]

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Burrs

Burrs of misadventure clingI am not beholden to them Progress, not always visiblerequires breathing room Tenderness heals woundspatience guiding movement One by one, I extract the hookssigh with each deliverance. (Image my own.)

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Vancouver Island

Is it the robin whose morning song so sharp and crisp awakens me in this enchanted place, or the warble of Juncos whose hooded faces delight as they forage between the dried, curled aftermath of a cold Winter, now pushed aside by new life sprouting? The absence of raindrops on tin roof offers promise that […]

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Quantity and Quality

Raised in a battlefieldquantity doled outin abuse, qualitynot yet defined Now I write myselfout of the darknesseach chapteran uphill climb Page by pagereconciliationno shortage of wordsvalue between lines. (Image my own.)

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Wayward Daughter

(Warning: this poem discusses the effects of sexual assault, and may be disturbing to some readers.) Back and forth I travel, searchingfor her – retrace every bend, curve,detour – back to the water, the sand,the beach where I lost her…haunted by velvet brown eyes – bedroom eyes,they told her, men with greedy loins,calculating – I […]

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Love’s Triumph

This shield of granitebirthed from griefno match for vibrancyof heart – her songbright as cardinalmust be heard –love outwitting loss (Tuesdays I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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Overcoming

Feet firmly plantedearth centredreleasing a damof backlogged emotionawaiting rhythm’s return Does no good to cowerwe either suffocatein a melange of fearand pain, or find a flowthat carries us triumphant.

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Untethered

Tether me to the riverbankI will resist There are currents to follow, contoursto memorize Let me soarthese wings capableimagination intact. (Image mine)

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