Why Not?

Severeboneloss One more challengealready exhausted systemaccommodating further testing slowclimbdetermination (Written for my weekly challenge: threes. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis last year, but due to other, more urgent health problems, treatment was put on hold. Reviewing the situation, my doctor referred me to a specialist, who said I have severe bone loss in my hip […]

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Soul Pulls

“What in your life is calling you, when all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned…the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest…what still pulls on your soul? “ – Rumi I dwell in silencemeetings adjournedlist groceries Former self fadedsorrowful shadowdefinition slipped I am the wild irispushing forwardin […]

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Lost Directions

Partnered once, with compassion – believed in power of human touch, dedicated self to caring, certain I’d found my body of work Time and circumstance intervened; I drifted, lost in an eddy of confusion, marital fray ending in separation – Life moves in circular cycles, and I revisit that work now, wonder if parts are […]

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Interaction

Curiosity, it seems, flows both ways – as I adjust focus so too, do you – can’t help but wonder if the takeaway joy also flows both ways. (In response to Paul Vincent Cannon’s poem:  Her Gift Remains. V.J.’s weekly challenge is response.  Image is from personal collection.)  

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Dare I Hope?

Hope glitters like rays of golden sunlight piercing the thick overgrowth of this life. Dare I respond, or is this merely the sharp deflection of light on tinfoil meant to keep scavengers away? (Dare I Hope? first appeared three years ago, when the four walls of my bedroom and the mattress I laid upon defined […]

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A 60’s Childhood

Formative years were more destruct than construct; contradictions riddled the foundation of our familial structure: one man tyrannized five females while in the news, women marched for equality; called the likes of him a male chauvinist. Aunt drove a forklift truck, looked like a man, chalked one up for women’s liberation, didn’t talk about her […]

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Proposal Response

Aging I am/ but not without wisdom, and disabled / and in more ways, not – unreliability / the state of my body trending / creativity Escape is proposed / from this hindering attitude my oozing scars / soothed with tenderness beg a stand/ that revitalizes discover determination/ I am evolving This slumbering/ now awakening has become impulsive/ […]

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Sleeping Alone

Sleeping alone with so much intrusion – child born of good intentions awash in a trail of barricades I cope, cook up breezes, strike wet ground – stuff myself to satiate the onslaught, ground rapidly shifting – Earth Mother exerting presence – too stubborn, I turn away, look for God but my cup keeps moving […]

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Maybe

Maybe I just needed a new perspective – like the famed Hanged Man of tarot – committed to some deep, internal need, willed a horizontal shift, landed with intent. Maybe it is not my legs that are disabled, but a soul longing to escape the continual discord of perpetual motion, a never-ending to-do list of […]

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Water Tales (2)

Lead the children to the waters’ edge, let spirits that dwell there enchant, sun glistening on star-filled eyes….. teach the essence of dolphin breathing, the presence of manna, how to question roots and behold miracles of fish that fly and colours that shimmer below the surface, and sons that walk on water – there are […]

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