The Canyon and the Sunflower

I have learned something from standing at the tallest mountain tops Under the fullest moon Crisp mountain air From soaking in the hottest natural springs From drinking the coldest natural spring water I have learned from standing at the edge of the brightest blue ocean the crashing waves under the brightest milky way Wonder The coyote, the dolphin, and the bear Dusty trails, tallest pines…

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Star Stuff

Big bang Life explodes Star matter leaking seeping in Mountains, kisses, insects twinkling eyes Ocean Droplets of joy taking shape it forms in an outline of you Light and shadow push and pull eachother in Life and death Contracting Expanding Prickling of emotion such rawness Being, and standing on the outside Observing all that has ever been Superposition We are all made of exploding love…

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poly-sensory

the sounds tickle my ears the pnw breeze chilly on my skin as the people walk by the traffic, the responsibilities the colors across my eyes the multitude, the layers of experience feelings how many times do you cross my mind? every place that has stained me, red, white, blue black, gold stained with love, anger, shame, joy, confusion, brilliance the explosion of emotion you…

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Ghosts

the sun entered scorpio. and one of my ghosts came tapping at my consciousness again that night. the message: the unseen will be illuminated. hidden truths exposed, the darkness ripped forward to the light. healing, growth, expansion, mystery, death. if you can make it. withstand it. he is there often, waiting in the shadows, and I want it illuminated. how can I not be forever…

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Up Till Dawn by Angela Swart

This is a contribution from my friend Angela. She is my longest friendship, we met when we were 12, in 7th grade, wearing shirts with cartoon characters on them. We have lived through many chapters together. In junior high and high school, we wrote poetry and songs together. We have both written ever since. We leave for St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in…

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Frolic

Beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest, along the Clackamas River. It was a beautiful day. Forest bathing. Rooted. We root to rise. If a person struts around in a shameless display of their beauty and magnificence, in a kind of shameless sexual energy without grasping onto anything, people sometimes react to them by being overwhelmed or frightened or thinking they are somehow being egoistic or too…

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Ruthless

Ruthless. Pitiless, merciless, unforgiving. That’s what this last week has been. Did you know that? Were you paying attention?     On June 4th, Fuego, a Guatemalan volcano erupted, sending pyroclastic flows down into the villages underneath. Last death tolls were over 100. Almost 200 people still missing. My husband, Eden, and all his extended family are from this beautiful country. Anytime I am made…

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