Easily Entertained (poem & video)

For a stretched moment we are not our voices discussing         aging parents,            men,               kids,                  politics,                     and relationships we are not our choices that leave us         pondering,            questioning,               understanding,                  revising,                     and releasing we are who we’ve always been – playful spirits hushed by life’s demands we found each other again – laughing at life’s silly shit …

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“What do Women Want?” (poet spotlight)

With my writer brain occupied with polishing a manuscript, it seems the perfect time to feature award-winning American poet, Kim Addonizio and her bold and unapologetic poem, "What do Women Want?" 💃🏻 This poem contains one bad word and lots of sass. 🙈 Enjoy! “What Do Women Want?” by Kim Addonizio I want a red …

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Let your Spirit take Flight! (dance)

Grounded, I know how to be. Feet planted for         writing,            teaching,               listening,                  gardening,                     meditating,                        photographing,                           cooking and serving,                              bed-side tending,                                 and for clothes and hearts that need mending. A responsible grown-up – you can count on me most of the time I am a focused woman moving through tasks but sometimes I must toss aside …

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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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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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Inspired and Perspired

After a year of reaching and smiling through a screen we found each other again. Every Tuesday late afternoon, I walk across a sizzling lot and join other ladies, blood and limbs already hot. Songs fused with a Latin American flare, we step toward weightless joy and away from heavy cares. Passion moves our hips …

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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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Found at Sea (audio)

"Found at Sea" ~ Short Story (audio) I swam to the edge of comfortable, then I paddled some more. Why am I doing this? What is pulling me forward? I see the shore, that is where I should be – with my feet firmly planted on settling ground, supporting my sensibilities. I ponder my situation …

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A Note to Nina and Betty

Why it took me searching for a protest song over eight years ago to find you, Nina Simone, I will never know. Of course, I know the answer to my rhetorical question. Your absence from musical rotations and from historical discussions (and from acceptance into the Institute of Music in Philadelphia in the 1950s) is …

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