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ALBATROSS by Anita Brown

Try writing a farewell letter…

When you notice a desire for something that you are certain is no longer FOR YOU (it can be an old friendship, flame, attachment or addiction...because you've already seen how it does not produce life-giving, soul-filling results), try writing it a farewell letter.

Then move the energy in your body by dancing, running, practicing yoga, chanting, singing—jump up and down and just shout for goodness sake!!! Be rid of the 'thing' to make space for all the love and goodness coming your way.

This is my ode to what rose up in me when I did this, wanting me to put some energy back into what was already dead.

Albatross
by Anita Brown

old, pitiful bird holding on for dear life
pry talons from imaginary, floating bars
let her fall...
no, catch her!

riven, restless
laid bare, broken bits 
revealing
fragile bones of wide-winged 
maritime traveler

misshapen heart
stony pit in belly
devoured satanic, garbage seed
fuel for birthing, saltwater backwash

palm caught
firefly -weight
latitude + liberty restored

skimming, suspended
departing for deeper seas.

(Find more of Anita's poetry in our new book here) 

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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