For Marriage: Union WITH

Two dear friends of mine, beneath a cloth roof held up by beloved friends and manzanita branches, married. In their honor, as per their request, I wrote this for them, inspired by their union: Kiss this truth. The truth of where you’re standing, of the land you stand on, Of the body that stands beside... Continue Reading →

In Honor Of…Death

Dedicated to the grace that may arrive and inform, as death approaches. This, for Deb: As I arrive, I’m keenly aware of the unknown. All I’ve heard is that the fight is over, now it is time for you to die. As I pass over the threshold of your room’s door, I see that since... Continue Reading →

How Can I Call This Home

These words came through me on behalf of the Nisenan people, those indigenous to the lands of the Yuba River. They apply to all land though, that once loved the bare feet of their children who ran across it. How can I call this home. My root begins to drop but hovers just above the... Continue Reading →

Dreaming to Form

I know what it means to have cracked fingers from hard work in healthy soil. I know what it means to do tedious work needed to support strong women birthing goodness into the world through voice, through mind, through body. I know what it means for the heart to break with incoming sorrow, tears shattering... Continue Reading →

Sweet, Gentle Heart

Sweet, gentle heart, I see in my mind’s eye, You are warm and held, Free to release that sight. No need to hold that heaviness alone, Our souls hold hands, Our stories are sewn. This tapestry is bigger than our eyes can gaze, Our minds can hardly conceptualize, The colors ablaze. Stories of our ancestors... Continue Reading →

A Thousand Miles of Space

Inequality is not being shy, It is staring at us straight in the eyes. And yet, we pretend and deny, Shielding ourselves from the obvious lie. That you and I were born with a head start, We didn’t have to do much to get on the chart. All kinds of food filled the grocery shopping... Continue Reading →

Part 2: Overcoming Forgiveness

In response to his second question: What role does Forgiveness play in your life? How have you overcome forgiving others, or forgiving yourself when no one else would? When I hear 'overcome', I could just sit here and cry, Realizing the need for us to fix, cure, and die. Overcoming is not what we need,... Continue Reading →

Part 1: Dear Shame

In response to my friend Eric's question for his 28th birthday: What role does Shame play in your life? How have you overcome shame in your life? Shame, shame The cloud of heat that wells up deep in my solar plexus. I refrain, The feeling so intense I'd like to walk away from it. What's... Continue Reading →

The Journey

Waiting for the completion, the finish. But realizing there is none. Where did we learn that the end is of utmost importance? What are we waiting for? It is during that we learn so much. We hardly can fathom what the journey will offer. Hailing and raining, the trees dance in the storm. There is... Continue Reading →

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