river deltas hymn

trees hold up the sky
you’ve always known it was that way

by design

like candy rolled up into a tiny ball

with love, these shiny bits of

fall, brown and sandalwood colored delightfulness
befall us all

when we allow the love of childhood to enter the space
we’ve hidden inside

the flowers stamen, tall
and magnificent

a fragrance from the heavens cascading down in time
with the beating of our hearts

even when thin, and dreary

the tides

the banks of the river deltas hymn
with the love we share in common within

I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for all of the love, prayers, hugs, and support you sent to my family and I over the past few days. Things have settled, and I now am back on WP. I will spend the next few days catching up on your beautiful poems and posts. Sending love and blessings to all of you.

I was elated to learn yesterday that the Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women anthology is now a #1 best seller. How amazing! Congratulations to Gabriela, Ingrid, Nick, and all of the wonderfully talented authors! You can pick up a copy here.

As a reminder, there is a launch party this morning at 7 am PST, where some of the authors will be reading their poems from the anthology. That is one hour from now, and you can tune in via YouTube here. Alas, I will not be in attendance this morning, yet send my love and best wishes to Gabriela, Ingrid, Nick, and all of the authors for a splendid event.

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A Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women Event on June 4, A Spillwords Nomination, and A Poem: the me, in you

Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

When I learned last month that Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women was open to submissions from all sexes, I chose to submit two poems written specifically for this wonderful collection.

I am honored to announce that my two poems were accepted. I’m also excited to inform you about a WIH event on June 4.

From the Editor, Gabriela Marie Milton:

On Saturday June 4, at 9 am CT – 10 am ET (USA) join me and Ingrid on Twitter Space for a lively discussion and updates on our anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. By saving and clicking on the link below you can listen to the discussion even if you do not have a Twitter account. Please share the link with those you think may be interested. I can’t wait to talk to those of you who can attend.


That is 7 am PT (USA) for those on the west coast.  I will be there and hope to see you there too.

Spillwords Press, May Publication of the Month Nomination

I am also honored to announce that my poem, Hidden Inside, was nominated for May Publication of the Month at Spillwords Press. Whereas all of the poems I write have deep meaning to me, this poem is deeper than most.

As some of you know, there was a time when I was disconnected from my intention and all of the gifts that the connection to one’s heart entails.

It’s been a long time since that time, yet emotions still arise from that part of my life, as it was traumatic and very difficult.

It makes the nomination for my poem, Hidden Inside, more profound for me.

I would be honored if you would go here and vote. Voting closes on 5/29. Thank you!

A Poem: the me, in you

splashes of lilac dance across the sky
in tune with my heart denied

as aspects of you

under the suffering moon

and, as it all takes root

I dance across tree limbs
looking for a commonplace to loom

in my quest
to understand the me, in you

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