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ORANGE AND LILACS

I wanted to be outside tonight as the full moon is rising, in the settle down of dusk that has always been my favorite time of day. The veils between…

APRIL SUPPORTS SURVIVORS

Beautiful people, April is recognized as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and it also contains National Crime Victim’s Rights Awareness Week. In honor of survivors of childhood sexual…

HEIRLOOM

My mother is most beautiful after losing herself in her garden,on her knees, hands in the dark earth,tending gently to things growinghalf an acre from our house.Just beyond dusk, she’d walk…

LEGENDS MEET: MALALA AND GRETA

Two young women, who are already legends for their activism and leadership, met yesterday at Oxford University. Malala Yousafzai, now only 22 years of age, won the Nobel Peace Prize…

BUILDING ALTARS

Let us pick up the stones over which we stumble, friends,and build altars.-Pádraig Ó TuamaI keep listening to this poem, Oremus, that was read by Pádraig O'Tuama during a recent interview…

DIAL-A-POEM

How brilliant is this? Dial-A-Poem.To call in the United States, dial: 1 (641) 793-8122.I just called and got Charles Bukowski, reading his poem Cloud Nine.All peace to each one of…

ORIGIN #11

Which came first, my love? The night sky, or the fissure of light splitting it?So many years ago, at dinner, you said to me,just before we sat at the glass-topped table,after…

SANCTUARY

My work day closes with the delivery of this box containing the chapbook and amenities/makeup bag created from my poem, Sanctuary, which I was commissioned to write to commemorate the…

FIRST THOUGHT (#33)

First thought: Today the daylight is two minutes and seventeen seconds shorter than yesterday. Second thought: One open window to the air before sunrise, its hitch and chill; the raven…

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