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GOLDEN BAUBLE by Anita Brown

Penned in honor of my friend and cancer survivor, Joules...

You give God the glory just by being you. You can’t be anything but who you really are. Trust that it really is that SIMPLE.


Golden Bauble
by Anita Brown

set right in the center of her wildly beating
heart
real or imagined
the gem lies cushioned
amid
layers upon layers
of bubble wrap
and fancy gauze
hidden deeply enough
safe from harm

exquisite in its perfectly
bewitching and well-formed
luminosity

she prizes its strength
spun from tenacity
and gilded passionson

one occasion she steps
toward uncharted
treasures
in a future
stripped away of defenses

bravery replacing
trepidation one breath at a time
grace discovered at the bottom of the
exhale

a rare glimpse of the precious stone
Hmmmm...a bit tarnished
chipped on one side
you love it all the more!
for it
was never unmarred
or fragile

it's worth
derived
not from artistry
or symmetry
but
from the artist
herself
who fashioned it


Anita Brown is a content mother of two teenagers and wife of 20 years, both of which she is grateful for every day. She began writing poetry in the fall of 2012 after a mini-breakdown cracked open her heart and allowed this newly found gift to shine through. Many months later, she is realizing the truth in the saying that ‘breakdown equals spiritual awakening’ as she is pleasantly shocked at how much more peace she has in her spirit and how that is reflected in her life.  Anita loves yoga, dancing, traveling, cooking, walking her golden Sierra, and quiet evenings at home. She especially enjoys teaching meditation to under-served communities and listening to others as they express the same joy at the transformation occurring from such simple but regular practice.


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