Worlds away from a Slow Dance

Oh, I could tell you some stories, of characters I have known. I have seen the worst of humankind unfold before my eyes, leaving my heart cracked open and my soul broken. I have been restored from deep despair, where I cannot remain, by observing tender and loving acts between two, or entire nations. Unconditional …

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Words Unsaid (audio poem)

A quote just read, “Sometimes the best response is no response.” A quote that offers wise counsel, enlightened guidance, sage advice. Sometimes. Sometimes the best option is to remain mute –        escalating tension may fail to deliver resolution Sometimes what appears unresponsive is just temporary restraint –        eyes closed and lips counting to ten Sometimes …

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Notorious RBG

Her class rankings and Law Review positions, if held by a man would surely impress; she was finally hired as a clerk with a U.S. District Judge who begrudgingly said yes. She walked away from lesser pay in the United States to research and write in a foreign land, then came back even more determined. …

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Connected Roots

Golden petals burst from a winding stem, sprang forth from a seed, that wound its way into dry desert dirt. Planted in soil, not of its native origin. Reflective tears burst from the one standing in Sonoran dirt, flowing from a realization, that they are similar, she and the foreign bloom. Rooted in soil, not …

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Viking Warrior

Bones and artifacts found on sacred Norse ground. Archeologists and researchers did celebrate and surround a Great Viking Warrior buried in a tomb fitting for one of prominence, until DNA revealed that He was a She. A Viking Warrior Princess! How could that be? Postulate, they did, why She would be laid to rest with …

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Spinning to the Center

An eight by six-foot mat, free-floating and grey – just enough cushion to protect long muscles and absorb the long day. Spinning to the center of self on squares, snapped together that appear dull and lifeless. Appearances deceive. Grounding grey underneath vibrates, hums, and pulses with passion, sweat, and tears. A dancer ready to spin …

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Engine 34

they studied they trained tested they were Just like the men fighting fires saving lives prepared they are Just like the men dedicated service courageous acts each shift brings Another day for them neither brave acts nor lives saved brought the cameras Filming the four of them vacations observed schedules adjusted caused a firehouse stir …

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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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A Poet Prepares to Read

Only one more light before I turn left, then right. Ten more seconds to decide – Which lines will it be? What feels right on this Friday eve? Mind searching, scanning for the feel right poems. This one, too long. That one, too sad. Love is the answer that came to me, just before the …

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His last two quarters

An intimate and touching excerpt about adult children making end-of-life decisions just after their father took his final breath. A true story that is both highly personal and widely universal. ................................... “Have you considered what you would like your father to wear to the mortuary?” the hospice social worker, Shawn, asked. My brother, Nick, and …

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