MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh

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sharing heartfelt words

LEND an EAR, our tenth annual, was yesterday

pain of loss poured out in longing words

that seemed to help heal as they were shared

and heard


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handbell rung, then tapped
and held to echo
haunting, beautiful
composed by Compton
by commission of Alisa
and family to honor
loving and giving
joy in being loved
the core of sound
that smashes into walls
yet turns, recovering, living
on in courageous tune
with life, believing
being part of wonder
so much deeper
for belonging

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thanking yang

after reading YIN by Paulann Petersen

the sheer joy of free-fall
the exhilaration of hell-bent
in many ways has been bought
for us by the myth of male superiority
if we women are weak, petty, dependent or failures
it was only to be expected
only a man is destined to be a masterly success
uppity women, strong within themselves,
are the exceptions
the freedom, if you are strong, bold, brave,
to plunge over the falls
that is a mostly unacknowledged gift
from boys bound into the rock
are pressured to believe defines them
oh, to have that freedom
the growing heritage
of every growing child

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wellspring of joy

to stay near
means discipline
i know what drives
me away
busy-ness, pique
envy, anger
i am required
to quiet my soul
‘be still and know’
that i am not god
i need to laugh
at my pretentious ego
to regain perspective
to reach out
in love

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no option

i guess there is more than one
you could simply huddle
in a corner and mummify
crusted over
by your horror
at hearing the bones
shattering as you try
to move the victim
from danger
or you can gag
swallow hard
jut your jaw
and determine
to do what needs
to be done



gathering of writers
friends and fans
warm, receptive
and supportive
of those with
courage to read aloud
their own work
met with chuckles
nods, self-deprecating laughter
and solemn moments
of silent assent
joy of creativity
celebration earned
and shared
thank you,
Writers in the Grove