To You, Death

I wrote this in preparation for participation in You're Going to Die, an open mic night surrounding death, grief, and lost. I ended up deciding to get up on stage, not knowing what I'd say, seeing what wanted to come out. And yet, this poem wants to be shared. Dedicated to death, and to my... Continue Reading →

The Pull of Habits

For much of my life, I’ve struggled with emotional eating habits. I was surrounded by emotional eaters within my family, and around the age of fourteen, my older sister was diagnosed with a serious case of bulimia. I remember countless experiences of coming home from school and participating in her binging sessions, the only difference... 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 →

Struggling to Not Struggle

We struggle to find the way to stop struggling. It's like the word trying - inherent in the word trying is a subtle level of resistance. If I'm trying to breathe, I'm probably not actually getting a lot of air. So how do we stop struggling without a struggle? Unfortunately, the only way to stop struggling is... 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 →

You Are Always Right

And so am I. Hear me out: Each of us is a whole universe. We are born into this world with a specific body, a unique mind, and a whole story that will unravel in front of us. We are truly all unique, quite the paradox. There are billions of us walking around on this planet, and... Continue Reading →

Your Unconsciousness is the Way

Our stickiest habits are our biggest teachers. The things that really get us annoyed or angry, those are the awakenings. We seek clarity, joy, happiness, searching and searching for the thing that'll give us peace. We go to teachers, read books, move to a different place, find another job, we're like a dog chasing our... Continue Reading →

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