i can see the elephants from here

i love the circus. and when i say i love the circus i mean i love it! i love the clowns i love the acrobats. i love the tight rope walkers. i love Love LOVE the ringmaster. I LOVE THE CIRCUS! whenever the circus is in town i’d go. i’d get ‘not quite front row’…

winterborn (in memory of vernell d. williams)

i am a woman born in winter when all goes pale and dormant i come alive with new ideas invigorated i pack for unchartered territories within and at times without map or guide wondering where can i go who can i be and where will i land if i just jump from this place of…

when your ex shows up to thanksgiving dinner…(and other memories)

i remember cherry coke kisses and santa clauses that had no beards i remember standing alone in the dark waiting impatiently for the shoe to drop as cars drove by completely unaware of the madness and chaos that brewed within it was a time when innocence seemed as valuable as it was vulnerable and belief…

when a score simply isn’t enough

nearly a full score has passed and i am sitting here trying to imagine a poem that will capture this love now lost that still drives a fork through my heart like a mack truck rambling its way through the eye of a blunt needle where am i now you ask as though i would…

Fearfree Living, an Introduction

In our everyday life there is fear. Fear has been grounded into the very fabric of who we are, how we live, how we love. So each decision we make is an effort to protect to keep safe those things that are important – family, self, beliefs, and status. What if there was a way…

a day of undisturbed tranquility

it doesn’t take much sunlight peaking through nearly parted wooden blinds the roar of a car’s engine passing by simple promises of a new day of play here he is chatter and possibility what ifs begin immediately my head is full but it is no match for my heart that spills over empathy for the…

on reverence

while walking this morning i came upon this small tree. it stands out in the park among all the greenery both because of it’s color and it’s youth. the other trees surrounding it have stood for generations now. in my mind i think the other trees find its impatience to change and show off its…

squirrels in the sandbox (based on a true story)

screeching through the screen door there are squirrels in the sandbox i don’t know what to do there are squirrels in the sandbox don’t leave me out here alone it might eat me or worst give me fleas and bring its friends to eat up all my toys this is atrocious squirrels should know better…

dare to bear witness

we live in such isolated bubbles. most of what we do is self motivated. even the most altruistic among us are driven by self preservation – working for change so that they or offspring might benefit from the change that occurs. the definition of community is so different. most of us in western society don’t…