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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Mystery Man, Revealed (short story)

Language warning. You've been warned. He put on his coat and hat and quietly made his way down the stairs toward the back exit. Relieved to have made it to the congested city sidewalk without being noticed, he joined others making their way home or to a pub on a Friday, late afternoon. He fell …

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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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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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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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Finding a Porpoise

Finding a purpose is a purposeful life-long journey, and one I commend, but I just want to find a porpoise who can teach me how to click and spin, and how to play with wild abandon, and how to hold my breathe while diving to deep depths. With a sense of purpose, my newfound porpoise …

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We are a Mess

Being born is messy pain, screams, and blood when a new life descends breathing slowed, followed by a long-anticipated first gaze messiness soon fades away Childhood is messy screams, pain, and blood when little fingers and limbs reach beyond their limits wounds heal and become scars that will tell a story one day messiness soon …

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Remember and Nurture

No longer do I need to say or write your name. I closed your final chapter with the turning of the last page. I thought you were going to be a leisurely read, one I might grab before heading to the beach. A surprise you were, with heavy conflict and many nonsensical plot twists, but …

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Nothing Will keep me aFloat (audio poem)

Nothing Will keep me aFloat - poem with audio A danger sign missed. Inner wisdom dismissed. Into a flowing stream with more than my toes, I willingly stepped. Floating down a winding brook, following a carefully chartered course, turning a corner, I was dumped into the deep, where other rivers merged. A leisurely scene suddenly …

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Complimentary Jar (audio poetic prose)

A week into November and I remembered that it is National Gratitude Month. Maybe an entire month devoted to gratitude has been canceled, like so many other happenings this year, or likely, its appearance was buried under election and COVID updates. Maybe we are all feeling pandemic fatigue, leaving us little energy to feel or …

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