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Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Elements of Style

Every writer's best friend - The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Sunday, 15 November 2015

My Other Passion

My look of, "Are we actually allowed to have this?!" on being presented with a copy of The Deathly Hallows Part 2. My other passion, when not writing poetry, is analyzing scripts. The flow of a well-written screenplay is mesmerizing, from language to imagery to minimalist forms of epic story telling. I'm in awe of the way Snape's memories are presented to Harry, the non-linear and eye-opening revelations – and having that montage appear at the point Blake Snyder (author of Save the Cat) would call the all is lost moment in the film, 1 hour and 15 minutes in, right after someone dies. In this case, Harry not having known the truth about Snape is what Blake Snyder would call the dark night of the soul before act 3, which I think is a beautiful rendition of that section of the script, almost an inverse. Redemption and grace are my true passion, so I'm in awe of Snape's character arc – that and playing around with non-linear forms of story telling. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

David Levithan YA books

A beautiful balance of poetic rhythms through a story collection! From Invisibility to The Realm of Possibility and all his works in between, I'm in awe of the beauty David Levithan creates, not only in sweet characters and stories, but in the juxtaposition and balance of his sentences and the rhythm he creates with fragments. Beautiful diction too! Totally worth checking out!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

the dreaming after the storm

I look for the shaman,
a trickster of disappearing,
remembering how I too 
saw auras and colours,
peace emerging through 
mystical trances,
a healing touch of grace
as stories passed through me, 
and I wonder if she is inside me.

Monday, 7 September 2015

World Poetry Cafe

I had a great time on the September 8th edition of World Poetry Cafe with the lovely Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon! You can catch the podcast of my poetry and our discussion of peace education from the Coop Radio link here:Ă©-el-mundo-de-la-poesia-248  Blessings & Light and thanks for tuning in!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Spirit of Autumn

healing orenda
lifting us into the light
sweetgrass in the wind

note: orenda is a native word for the spiritual power in all natural things

Saturday, 1 August 2015

I Dreamed

I dreamed
I was performing rituals
of tea and sweetgrass,
amazed at the similarities
of the Sundance and the cross.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Twin Flame

The vibrations of your soul
like the fluttering wings of a firefly,
electrically alive
as friendship ascends to love.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Call of the Light

Cherry petals in early sun
from grey branches 
smooth as desert bones
allow the quiet 
vibrations of self 
to surface –
the sanctity of spring,
a holy ground for beginning
to hear one’s own voice.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Elan Vital

In the movement of pastry through fingers,
the plenty that prevails even in hardship,
my Godson measures earnestly,
his three-year-old palms 
rolling and shaping with such concentration,
I ponder if he can even fathom 
how much he is loved,
while in requiescence and remembrance,
my grandmother’s hands  
sift the gifts of the Earth 
into pastries and pies 
through my own.

(photo by Wendy Bullen Stephenson)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A Winter Tapestry

In silvered cedar lies the hope
the garden gives to all, 
inviting realm of peace 
in the depths of winter soil.
The tears and memories and hands
of all that went before
listen for movement in stillness,
Earthen darkness spun to ochre 
like consciousness birthed into light.  

Waiting for the sky to take back the rain,
for pale blue and forest green,
tips of twigs shimmer violet and teal,
reminiscent of swift hummingbirds, 
diving beak first into an aqua pool. 
Like the burst of flavour 
in a succulent slice of orange, 
you almost hear them calling,
Yemaya already sketching 
the nectar to blossom.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Inviting Jesus to Tea

When Jesus enters the circle,
dress casual and warm.
Allow spaces 
for his wisdom.
Keep on smudging 
sweetgrass and sage.
Invite him to dance –
He is a relation.

When he stays for tea,
wear mauve, 
use the best china,
keep on praying, 
and massage his feet –
He’s probably tired
of what’s been done
in his name.

Inviting Jesus to Tea was inspired by an experience in a Medicine Circle on Vancouver Island. We were called upon to invite all our relations, when the spirit of my maternal grandmother brought Jesus with her into the Aboriginal healing ceremony, compelling me to be in unison with all the parts of who I am. 

The mixture of capital and small letters in the pronouns relating to Jesus is intentional. There is a sense of reverence woven in with an appreciation for his humanity.

First published in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, September, 2012