Be

Service contentmentBe a vessel –giving and receivingCreate ripplesInspireBe presentPush through limitsBe bliss spreadingviral joy (I’ve started a new project: reading through old journals – mostly griping – to find new messages, new poetry.This is my first result. Image my own.)

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Pestilence

Words, like cricketsleap from my mindchirping pests whosetrajectory eludesdulled reflexes,scuttling aboutperiphery of logic Harmless, really,in the singular –cacophony of multitudesthreatening to multiplytake with themsemblance of sanity Intuit a rhythmI counsel selfto define the notes in workable phrasescapture essenceand reason message but the invadersadverse to linearitydisappear beneaththe floorboardsof my conscious mind. (Found this poem, languishing in […]

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Iced

How to circumnavigateunexpected glaciers? I am unnervedthoughts spirallingchasing faults Have I been remiss?Replay the scenerewrite the scripttill comprehension dawns What lies beneath frozen surfaceis self-inflicted sorrow:covetous desire aching (Image my own)

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Seasonal Passages

Summer yearnssun burningwater coolinglife affirminglonging for love I would hold you therein those days of youthwhen relationshipdonned mysteryand fear shroudedthe path But Autumn reigns nowa time for letting goa time for turning back clocks – timelost in a mere blinkon the shores of our story And soon Winterwhen I will knitour memoriesinto cozy dreamsand while […]

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Unforgettable

Come to the table!Mother said, meaningbring your best mannersand your appetitesbut I had neither –a naughty kid Come to the table!Teacher commandedexpectations highand I, distractedhad nothing to showbut humiliation Come to the table!said the mediator,negotiating divorceEx’s demands inflexible –my shell-shocked responselacking assertiveness Come to the table!nightmare voice says, and I tremble –tables are for gettingand […]

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Dream Power

Tiger stalksdreamtime –meaning elusive I am technologydependent –AI stimulatingconnection Sense and instinctshelved in favourof pings and beeps Only in sleepdo I glimpsereal power. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @VjknutsonImage my own)

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Shadow Speak

Shadows stalk our conversations,hovering between lines spoken. Mother fears death and I,sidestep darkness… It’s delusional to believewe can think ourselves wellor avoid pain by seeking only light I chew on my wordsnot wanting to inflict harm –have done enough of that over the years Pray for peace to guide her passagethe reassurance of forgivenesslove unconditional […]

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Please Visit Me at Tangled Locks Journal

I feel deeply honoured to be part of September’s issue of Tangled Locks Journal. Thank you to Teresa Berkowitz for accepting my poem, “Feline”. Please visit me there, and take a moment to peruse all the writing: you won’t be disappointed. Tangled Locks Journal is published quarterly. Information for how to get involved is available […]

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Nature’s Message

Nature has a way of reminding –even the most diehard nonbelievers –that a force, inexplicable and sacred, exists Like an unseasonal storm unleashing hailwaking us from a deep slumber –she is a messenger, knocking The soul answers, child reawakened,joyous recognition that despite alltheories, doctrines, and delusions There exists a life within a life:a great mystery […]

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Where Ignorance Leads

Quest for independence born of familial dysfunction led me down a path of dissent Compromise, I believedwas toxic, swore againstthe brutality of submission Need no one,depend on no onehave nothing to lose Overlooked the joyof interdependence –an alien concept Chose a lonely path, a straggler destinednever to belong… (Image my own)

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