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Festival of Lights

Today is the Hindu celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, honoring the triumph of light over darkness, and it is also the New Moon in Scorpio, representing new beginnings…

LET GO.

The apricot tree is so full of fruit that the branches have bent to the ground. One branch snapped off, jagged torn from the trunk. Sometimes part of us can…

COME BACK HOME

I need tap shoes.I need a light on in the window.I need a pendulum.  I need a map of the stars directly above me.I need a man who calls me, gently,…

ON FIRE IN MY HANDS

I dreamt last night that I was carrying an arrangement of stargazer lilies, the vase wrapped in white paper, along the edge of the ocean in late twilight. The lilies…

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

I love these little fortunes on tea bags, and I love that I have continued to love them for so many years. They make me feel good, and sometimes they’re…

ALL THIS LIGHT

In this desert, all this lightand memory. Briefest moment, your hand on my hipbone, your lungs unfurling themselves. I could taste your breath. Electric, your eyes, with what wasn’t said. So…

RAVEN TREE

And so my raven-topped tree flies again. Merry, Merry, everyone. I hope your Christmas is full of light and that a bit of magic has been winging its way to…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMILY DICKINSON

It is sweet Emily's birthday today, whose poems fed me when I was a teenager and whose wild dashes and refusal to live by convention fueled my sense of possibility.…

ANGELS ON MY AIRPLANE

I fell asleep writing on my flight, and in the always in between space that flying seems to stretch open within me, I dreamt there was an angel on the…

40 YEARS AND 80,000 LIVES

Poetry and activism bring me back to Pennsylvania once again. I am honored to have been commissioned to write a poem celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Crisis Center North in…

THE WOMEN JUST KEEP RISING

The final count of votes in the 2018 Midterm Election leads to a historic moment in US politics as a record 117 women are elected into office, with 100 Democrats…

USE YOUR VOICE

I'm using one of the voices I’ve got, as if all of our futures depend on it.Please use your voice too, for the future we are making together.All peace to…

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