Sunrise Forthcoming (video poem)

https://videopress.com/v/RH9xL3gC?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata This poem, "Sunrise Forthcoming," was first shared one year ago this weekend. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the first poem in my Being a Woman - Forthcoming Poetry Collection, I created a video with my poetry reading and my photographs. Enjoy! Thank you for visiting, viewing, and listening. Be well. 💗 Michele A …

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Flying Home (poem & photos)

The one slow to step returned to the state where she drew her first picture and her first breath. I am here ready with open arms – the same arms that she fell into after taking her first step. The one slow to step was ready to fly away, but in my arms, extended from …

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Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me (poetry recitation)

https://videopress.com/v/ibBJste1?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata Poet, Mary Oliver Mary Oliver wrote so many beautiful poems, selecting only one for a Saturday recitation was no easy task. I am most familiar with her poem, "The Journey," however, I enjoy the experience and challenge of learning a new poem a few days before a blog post. My recitation selection, "Last Night …

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Living Green and Dancing with Love

Tasting fresh basil straight from the garden is a mouth-awakening delight. Traces of soil and sun, with a hint of spice, released with each bite. More flavorful is our rooted plant than from its cousin, sold in the market down the road - the plant with lighter green leaves under fluorescent lights. The one that …

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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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My Greatest Gift

I dreamed you before I met you. I loved you before I held you. Before I heard your heartbeat for the first time, before I felt your tiny legs flutter across my belly, and before I first looked into your artist’s eyes, your life gave mine a grander purpose, and an overwhelming desire to become …

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“A Tear and a Smile” (a tribute & audio poem)

Two passions become one when I listen to his words while looking through my lens at scenes found in natural settings. Natural details that he captured with an artist's eye and retold with a pen over one hundred years ago. Separated by time and distance, I am connected to him through his simple and direct …

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A Hopeful and Musical Reflection

The framed featured photograph of the Twin Towers (above) had a place of prominence in my current office for over eight years. Hanging on the wall directly across from my office door and to the right of my computer, I have gazed at this photo countless times for a total of seventeen years. Even though …

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Tumbleweed Spirit

You scratched me, sometimes bringing blood to the surface. Wrapped in play and imagination, I did not notice. You offered see-through walls, never permanent. We lived in the center of a thorny dream, in a dusty land of make-believe. Ruled by the field's young King and Queen, our tumbling fortress did scatter during sleep. The …

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a Poet Plans a Party (audio)

Done. “Congratulations!” The email message said. Fantastic! Relief. What next? Fingers tapping on the desk. It is now time to plan a celebration for my fourth eBook publication. I will get right to that list of my dearest friends, who read my words, again and again and again. If they are far (as most of …

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