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LUNA BELLY by Tracie Nichols

I've written more poems by the glow of the bathroom nightlight than have ever passed through these fingers in daylight hours…

With children and a husband sleeping, my options for nighttime writing without waking anyone are limited. So, the bathroom nightlight and I are old writing companions.

One night my mind was yadda yadda yadda-ing. It had been a day of pushing myself way outside my comfort zone -- and not in a good way.

Easing into the bathroom to brush my teeth (yes, the same one with the nightlight) I glanced out the window and with a soft, almost audible, whoosh! I was in the sky with Luna. Out of the natter chatter and into myself -- into creation. And, well, the poem can take it from here…

Luna Belly
by Tracie Nichols

chatter
natter
chatter

dark and still
as this night is
my head
is anything but
then
through the window
SHE
slides into view
her full-bellied
semi-circle self
stilling
my natter
chatter mind

and there
I am...
{outside myself}
{inside the wild}
hands
cradling
my own
round-bellied
softness

an unlooked for
peace
smoothes the hunch
from my shoulders
the clench
from my teeth
and she
climbs
indigo stairs

slinging her rich-
bellied calm
further into the night

shivering
her silver-gilt
luminance
deeper
into my
soul

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Tracie Nichols has written poetry since she was 11 years old. While most of her early works are gone (this is probably a good thing) she continues to scribble poems at odd hours about everything from the state of her soul to the sounds of her kitchen. In truth, though, her poetic heart belongs to the deep green places of our wildly, fiercely, sacred, earth. When she isn’t making poetry with words she’s listening to the whispers of the green world, making alchemy with plants and stones and moonlight wildness. Tracie blogs, shares resources and generally nurtures at her website here. Connect with her also on Twitter or Facebook. 



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