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A Parting Poem: When I Die by Sheryl Wentworth Woods

My dear friend, Sheryl, wrote this poem during her battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. Her daughter read it at her memorial service. It reflects her deep spiritual connection with nature and her belief that when we die, we are never truly gone. Sheryl was a kind, loving, and gentle human being. She was also… Continue reading A Parting Poem: When I Die by Sheryl Wentworth Woods

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A Reader Shares Her Poem: She Becomes a Lotus by Alexis Rose

She Becomes a Lotus Rising from the mud Shaken by the moon that shines behind the shadow trees She tenses and listens. Hearing the leaves rustle in the wind the cicadas hum, and the birds flapping their goodnight wings her mind feels tricked by the sounds of the night. The humidity in the air creates a… Continue reading A Reader Shares Her Poem: She Becomes a Lotus by Alexis Rose

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A Reader Shares Her Poem: The Shadow of Fear by Alexis Rose

The Shadow of Fear The shadow of fear disguises itself as a branch without leaves waving in the dark of night. Or the touch of the wind grazing my cheeks when I turn a corner. It’s the sound of a car rolling slowly to a stop behind me. Or the person I see walking in… Continue reading A Reader Shares Her Poem: The Shadow of Fear by Alexis Rose

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A Reader Shares Her Poem: The Body Electric by Alexis Rose

The Body Electric I'm going to Dance it off Jump it off, sing Shake out my hands, then my feet Take a deep breath, maybe two okay three Exhale! Incorporate the possibility that maybe it's just frenetic energy. That it's not the beast of anxiety gnashing its teeth, trying to turn a passing moment, a fleeting… Continue reading A Reader Shares Her Poem: The Body Electric by Alexis Rose

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A Reader Shares Her Poem: Loose Women by Sheryl Wentworth Woods

Loose Women       by Sheryl Wentworth Woods I didn’t like myself so I gave myself away, piece by piece chunk by chunk. Would you care for a thigh? Perhaps a breast is more to your desire. Oh! It’s my MIND you lust for. I’ve a headache but go ahead take it. My heart? Gladly! I’ll cut… Continue reading A Reader Shares Her Poem: Loose Women by Sheryl Wentworth Woods

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A Reader Shares Her Poem: Penance  by Melanie Frageorgia

This poem is about Melanie's experience in an emotionally abusive relationship. Penance       by Melanie Frageorgia Liar is the name you have given me Daughter of a snake Can it be true? You once begged kisses of this forked tongue Now you call me Deceiver, False One, Order me prostrate Covered in ashes “Don’t… Continue reading A Reader Shares Her Poem: Penance  by Melanie Frageorgia

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A Reader Shares Her Poem: Hope by Sheryl Wentworth Woods

Hope         by Sheryl Wentworth Woods Every blade of grass Has its angel that bends Over it and whispers “Grow, grow.” The Talmud Hope is what gets me out of bed each morning. Like liquid faith, it fills the black emptiness. Unrelenting and steadfast, it pushes one foot in front of the other, whispering in my… Continue reading A Reader Shares Her Poem: Hope by Sheryl Wentworth Woods