The Root of Peace

On a dark misty morning a light came on in the Stone House. Blue Gardenia had opened her eyes to find herself surrounded by a grey cat and two small doggies waiting for morning hugs. It was their morning ritual and Blue was always moved by it. Her family were each present and alive. In…

Mother Nature In Menopause

How old is Mother Nature? She was once a child Herself Newly exploded into existence One moment space was empty The next particles were bound Creating not just a single planet But an entire galaxy filled Universe. Billions of years ago She exhaled All of life in just one breath Calling the universe to emerge…

Defenders of the Sacred

I woke from a dream that I was lying on frozen earth in Standing Rock My bed was hard, my bones chilled, the fire in the tepee reduced to embers We had stood together the night before tossed by water hoses pulling From the sacred Missouri and now slammed against our freezing bodies There was…

The Lotus Eaters

Time escapes the mind softened by brain inhibitors meant to ease pain or render a restless people into mindless oblivion. It is easier to let decisions be made for you, easier to go along because, what the hell, there‚Äôs shopping to be done, bills to be paid, a vacation to take and appetites to be…

The Dance of Pain

[TESSA Begins] What is this thing called pain felt by every animal? I think of things like this in the long hours before dawn, when mom and the pups are asleep and I sit in the window watching the moon cast shadows on the pond. Oddly there appears to be more than one kind of…