opening and closing.

After yesterday's full moon, today I am thinking about the idea that just because information is out there, just because something has been shared, doesn't mean that it is worth our time or attention. We don't HAVE to pay attention or listen or open ourselves up to information and opinions just because someone else decided to share them.

After yesterday's full moon, today I am thinking about the idea that just because information is out there, just because something has been shared, doesn't mean that it is worth our time or attention. We don't HAVE to pay attention or listen or open ourselves up to information and opinions just because someone else decided to share them.

work in progress: swimming lessons

Swimming lessons

I sit and watch
My sweet, innocent
Daughter at swimming lessons
And I think of all the other
Sweet innocent daughters

In cages
Afraid
And alone

The collective
is heartbroken
And outraged
and so we do what we
Know how to do,
Make calls
write letters
Donate.

Good things.
But not enough.

And we try to separate our small lives
And emotions
From the collective grief

We try to still laugh
Because we have that choice.
The option of turning away.

I sit in metal bleachers
In a hot room smelling of
Chlorine while young women
Teach my daughter to swim.
While others care for her
Gently and attentively.
While a lifeguard looks on
Never far away.

I do not worry for her well being.

She looks over periodically
To make sure I am there
And still watching.

How is it possible
That we are here
Instead of there.

new book coming out

Friends, I am so happy to announce that my newest full length poetry collection Ebb & Flow was accepted for publication by Boho Books, a small press in Oregon. I am super excited to be working with them on this book and am looking forward to its release in late summer.

Updates will be posted here and on my facebook page.

Thanks for following along!