Rise Lady, Rise (audio)

Rise Lady, Rise! It is your time to color the land, littered with scars and stains created by careless hands; some too harsh and cruel, to hold the beauty that bursts from you. Crush you, some might try, with a palm, a bulldozer, or a bomb, but you will rise again, for you are strength, …

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Becoming You (video poem)

https://videopress.com/v/xGRi1bTi?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true My video poem, "Becoming You," is dedicated to young adults just starting their adult journey. If that person is you, best wishes on your life path: may you become all that you aspire to be. ✨ Note: My list of what "you may become" is long, but not exhaustive. Well, maybe a bit exhaustive. …

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Complimentary Follow-Up

A time to slow down, read, quietly celebrate, and connect with family and friends, this holiday season has been. Like most people, I also spent time in reflection as we approached the year's end. Reflection is an important part of my life and a core part of my personality, which may be true for most …

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A Detour & A Desert Dance (personal poetic prose)

Consider, how far you’ve come and how, with your face to the sun and with one foot in front of the other, you will get where and what you are intended. A detour on my way to a three-day desert escape… With my car idling, I was a stranger outside looking in. Beyond the (once …

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Shedding Skin (art, poem, & music)

A mere mention of you makes some shiver, shudder, and shake. Ssssssssssnnnnaaaaaaaake is your common name, yet you’ve been called many other things. A hisssssss, real or imaginary, can cause skin to crawl and feet to sprint as you slide serpentine over gravel low and through trees tall. Slithering into nightmares and phobias – a …

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Becoming Empty (life essay & live music)

Nature had a way of gently helping me with an emotional situation before I knew I needed help… I watched a mourning dove dart away from the top of our back porch pillar and return countless times over the course of several days. Each time he (that’s right) returned with a twig, string, or other …

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Doors will Open

Through those doors a new path will either be revealed or never known Her pulse competing against the hands on the wall Her heel tapping against the cold shiny floor Her tongue drying against the roof of her mouth Her throat closing against the air pushing through Her palms sweaty against her pressed skirt Her …

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No Hiding in the Dark

Who am I in the darkness? when a whisper wakes me from sleep when I am nothing but a barely visible heap Who am I in the darkness? when a mockingbird chirping in the distance sings a delicate song of hope and innocence Who am I in the darkness? when I cannot hide in the …

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A Woman Never Tells

Oh, the lessons I could tell and the wisdom I could channel as I approach another birthday, making me all the wiser. Wisdom earned, not through deep regrets or extended bouts of brokenness, but mostly through persistence, purposeful direction, and a healthy dose of Divine intervention. Plenty of blood, sweat, and tears too. I could …

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Your Morning Glow (audio poem)

Your Morning Glow (audio poem) Toward you, my eyes are fixed Toward you, my hands extend Alone in the dark, I wait, I rest my tired eyes You change and disappear, but on you, I can always depend Eyes still closed, but the third one knows – You have arrived Many things come between us …

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