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A HOUSE by Ana Lisa de Jong

  A HOUSE - A poem for the stressed I want you to be a house, with a steep roof off which the rain can run. I want you to have windows draft proof to shield against the elements, and doors with good locks and solid frontages. I want you to have curtains and insulation, a fireplace, a warm soft bed. I want you to have mornings when the sun rises in full view of your front window, that you might stand and worship. And evenings, that the only lights are the stars and the moon. That the dark peace of stopping and resting may make of your house a haven of respite, a place to retreat. Yes, I want you to be a whole house stocked that you don't need anything. And that the centre of everything may draw you into safety, security. I want for you peace, that the house of your soul would serve as the battlements against the stress that weakens, causing you to doubt yourself. To curl in tight for protection. And yes, I want you to look in my eyes and see how you are loved. How everything starts
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RULES by Janavi Held

  Rules   There is  a restless beauty in the winds  of simple despair   sands of time  shatter  no matter what age or time grab what wills you   stamp out the cold fire of rules: those foolish things  blocking creative forces always  to be reckoned with. Safety  never makes  true things. Even in minds  saturated with brilliance.   Step differently- finding your gait, opening new worlds where you stand with love, out of reach  of old monsters. Not fighting just stepping to the side where people live, knowing the difference in bones of fearless  self-made lives. (This poem will appear in a posthumous collection of poetry to be published in 2022) Janavi Held  (1965-2018) was a soulful dancer, artist, poet, photographer and yogini that was suddenly struck with an incurable illness in her forties, and spent the last five years of her life bedridden, writing poems. During that time, Janavi published her first poetry collection  Letters to my Oldest Friend: A Book of Poetry and  Photography ,

NIGHT FLIGHTS by Jennifer Wenn

  Night Flights  ( With thanks to Emily Dickinson) As the sun’s slipping past the horizon Bestows slumber on day’s brightness Unveiling night’s shadows and myriad scintillations, So when consciousness fades, Reason rests, liberating deeper and subtler currents. By intuition, Emily writes, Mightiest Things assert themselves, And potent indeed are night’s perils and possibilities When the soul takes flight on Wings unshackled from logicality.   Base instinct, innate or long-ago induced, Primitive and fear-based, sweeps and dives Through dreamscapes harrowing and confusing, A dread funhouse ride cacophonous, Labyrinthine and exhausting.   Another course, Emily’s true intuition, A calm, connected knowing Like an infant gazing into their parent’s eyes, Is easily swept away, but when flown proves Quietly miraculous, a peaceful reaching out, Soaring on starfire through infinities, A treasured gift of stillness.   Wakefulness resuming, night flights Left behind but the unconscious  Mementos re

FRESHENING by Sarah Carlson

  Freshening A focus on attending to the pain, the needs of others has long been my companion. So deeply ingrained  that I tend to override my own, yet I both hurt… and need. This antiquated habit  of putting myself last sometimes constricts  my sense of allowing  the rhythm of healing to move freely through. But, it does anyway. When I spiral softly  into another chasm  that needs attention I can get confused, think I must do something, apologize, or that I’m simply  supposed to hurt. Eventually, though, my breath joins the wind in the trees, the pulse of the ocean, the vastness of the sky above. I can smile, say hello to new Health, let pains release over time. With a freshening of companionship in this vessel that is me, I become more and more adept  at riding  the steady waters of healing, letting them carry me along. (This poem originally appeared in the author's blog found  here ) Sarah Carlson   has many pieces to her whole, as most of us do. Those pieces include: mother, te

GO EASY by Carolyn Chilton Casas

  Go Easy   Go easy, my soul through days that threaten your heart and guide you to your knees spent and humble, as well as days of glorious  lightness of being, when weightless  you are uplifted as if on wings.   Moreover, the many days of  breaths and sighs wherein sorrow and joy lie side by side tenderly clasping hands as the moments roll by like a moving picture, remembering only at the end that it was just a dream. Carolyn Chilton Casas   is a Reiki Master and teacher. Her favorite themes for writing are: healing, wellness, awareness, and the spiritual journey. Carolyn's articles and poems have appeared in   Energy ,   Mujer Holística ,   Odyssey, Reiki News Magazine, The Art of Healing  and in other publications. You can read more of Carolyn’s work on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ or in her debut collection of poems titled   Our Shared Breath . *For submission guidelines,  click here

DANCING WHISPERS by Eva Marie Cagley

  Dancing Whispers   Looking through a looking glass every now and then, I see a flourishing green acreage, we once called home. With children playing yard games to the yellow yard light and fireflies blinking lights in clear glass mason jars never to roam. Playing hide and seek and Red Rover-Red Rover: Those are the times I’D LIKE TO LIVE OVER… A brand-new prefab home sits there instead. The house in ruins— torn down, not even a single bed… No place to lay my weary head. There’s no revolving door anymore, no treasure kept within from before. It’s just you’ve been gone so long, and, in this life, we carry on.   I tarry not here too long missing you all, the way that I do. But these thoughts fill up my head.  So, I write them down instead. Hoping they’ll dance telepathically to you… But carry on, I will! Looking for you on a merry lush green hill, skipping along on a clearly marked gravel trail, I’m staring into the brightest tangerine sun praying on bended knee you can see me this day,

Sally by Ayala Zarfjian

  Today, we feature an excerpt from Ayala Zarfjian’s poignant and deeply moving new poetry collection,  A Corner in the World: Holocaust Poems for My Father.   Ayala’s words powerfully resound as a beautiful tribute to her ancestors that died as a result of the holocaust, to those that survived, and to all the silenced voices of the persecuted around the world today. Woven into her vivid, yet gentle treatment of the terrors of the holocaust and ancestral trauma, is also a powerful warning that we not let such a horrific past repeat itself, that our species not lose its heart and soul. The following, is a poem she wrote in memory of her aunt, Sally Eckhaus:     Sally   I no longer remember the sound of her laughter. I no longer remember the scent of her perfume. Did she bake challah for the Sabbath? Did her hands form a perfect braid? The wind whispered her name.  Her hair flowed when she walked.  Darkness, illuminated by her smile. She embraced her husband for the last time. The memori