Home Is

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HOME IS
if home is where the heart is
i’ve found mine in many places
i’ve left a nest in
iron skylines
redwood rainforests
lovers from campbell to canaan
home is where i am
but also where i want to be
in a cluster of stars i swear i’ve seen
and in the damp sweet soil mother gave me
is my heart shattered and scattered?
or rather expanded,
encompassing hours of
ruffage and road?
perhaps home is not a place
but rather a state
beyond the surveyor’s tape
beyond the postmarked letters
or white picket gate
home is in knowing
our fate is in the hand
or rather foot-drawn map
of every step before
and even more
each to come
home is here
wherever we stand
welcome

Listen Here



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LISTEN HERE
my body
is my most sacred instrument
i will make love with her
make some kind of magic
make that sweet music
strum my ribs like tender strings
spread my limbs like angel wings
raise my voice to sing
my truth like a melody
’til life takes its last from me
no one can silence me
hold me back or keep me still
i refuse to gather dust
on the shelf of my bedroom
because someone else
never learned how to play me right
so if you’re ready
hold tight and listen here
i will take you as my student
teach you ’bout appreciation
of a woman
of a human
of the heart’s enduring beat
how to make ends meet
on sweet love
spare change
and common sense
for it always adds up
when you learn to count your blessings
and let me tell you
i am worth my weight in gold

ATTN: Women


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ATTN: WOMEN
have you ever stopped in wonder
of how incredible you are?
how within you is the seed of all that is?
how could you be anything
less than beautiful when you are
the breathing embodiment of creation?
i’ve had enough of the not enoughs
my fill of feeling less than full
these foreign thoughts couldn’t possibly be born
from something as divine as this body of ours
they will try to hurt you
they will say you are worth less
but you know you are more
call your power back to you
and with it watch your life unfurl
reclaim your name
woman
creator
lover
survivor
the future is female
and it looks a lot like you

Human Heart

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HUMAN HEART
~
as a human being
with a human heart
i will never hold back its breaking
so when love arrives as mine for the taking
you better believe I’ll say yes
to the risk of the fall
to losing it all
every time
before i opt out in favor of safety’s illusion
it’s never my heart who knows confusion
it’s my head who’s mixed up
and it’s pretty fucked up
that I once considered love less than first
so let me say that here, today
this human being
with this human heart
is saying yes
to you

Palms Facing Upward


PALMS FACING UPWARD
~
i greet life
with palms facing upward
beckoning its blessings
to fall in my grasp
and so too i greet you
with palms facing upward
a nest to rest your head when it’s weary
a cup to fill when your wine’s finally flowing
and even if my fingers wear frail
or endless seasons pass
since the last i saw your smile
know your hands are in my good graces
and my heart will not close the door
no matter the day or the story’s page
to me you are
welcome home

Give Me Roots

Your Love is All

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YOUR LOVE IS ALL
~
my love for you

brims with such immensity

heart spills over heels

for all living things

every creature with a soul

i’ve come to know

holds a speck of star

who at one time found home

as a freckle on your cheek

or a fiber in your bones

to love you is to love

every thought

every being

every day

everything

love is all

and in my fall

i’ve found it true

in you

Of Cracked Clay

OF CRACKED CLAY

when our hearts have been broken
perhaps long ago
perhaps when they were soft and still forming
we can no longer hold love in our bodies
we become pots of cracked clay
love, like water, graces us
quenches us
fills us up
but it always runs out
when our hearts have been broken
we will break our lovers too
we will break them
and their breaking will break us more
than every fight and fall before
but still
our hearts
are meant to be filled
to live by divine design
and still
our hands
are meant to heal
to seal up the cracks with earth or gold
wet the walls with our tears
guide our form without fear
and mold ourselves whole
again, again
for you, i’ll be whole
again

For The Wild One

FOR THE WILD ONE

wait for the one

who returns you

to your wild

the one

who wakes up

the animal

buried in your body

a creature held captive

by the unnatural machine

of your mind

wait for the one

who unravels you

with a curious claw

who marks the path

across your back

and favors the

uncivilized

tantalized

talons and eyes

of the wild-hearted

woman you are

wait for it

wait at the door

for once you know

this love

you’ll never

return to

the cage

your heart

lived in

before

Better Be