Poem: Today I Started My Day In A Bathtub©

Before-word: When was the last time you nestled in a bathtub, just because…? Allowing it to envelope you for no other reason than … ‘cause you wanna?! I wrote this piece at a time of uncertainty and unrest and found solace in the sturdiness of the bathtub, in the strength of its curled-down edges and …

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Thanksgiving Reflections

Before-word: In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving—reflecting in gratitude to life before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Twas the day before schools closed. Before sofas replaced class benches. Before teachers taught through computer screens and school started with zoom sign-in. Before the tap-tapping of keyboard strokes replaced the pitter-pattering of feet scrambling to classes. Before actions …

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A Letter to Your Younger Self: How To

I did this exercise (writing to my younger self) a few years ago and revisited it recently. I found it therapeutic and fun! It’s a good way to explore your relationship with yourself, to reconnect to points in your past and use that connection to inform positive changes for your now and your future. Have …

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i want a love like that LOVE© (a poem)

Before-word: It’s been described as “A Many Splendored Thing” in poems (William Waterway). It’s the themes of movies and the hook of songs. It’s described as euphoric. It’s said we fall into it and even fall out of it. For all it’s ups and downs (oxytocin and all), one thing is for certain—I’m totally in …

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SweetsHeart

When you want to say “I love you” and your sweetheart is all kinda SWEET, say it creatively with sweet/candy wrappers. You’re that EXTRA-special kind o’ LOVESTARBURSTing emotionsSending heart waves into a pleasurable SYMPHONY of ORBITJUICY FRUIT kissesOut of this world MILKYWAY delish You make each relationship day feels like PAYDAYNobody better not lay a …

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Two As One In Love© (a poem)

Before-word: I wrote and recited this piece for two of my dearest friends on the occasion of their wedding. Where once it was “me and I” inhaled—now “us and we” exhalingBirthed through pangs of willing submission, full surrenderOn this two-becoming-one journeyStarting in the acknowledgement that you are his and he is yoursTwo lives entwined together …

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Poetry© (a poem)

He conjures up ideasHe tantalizes emotionsHe’s the evocative straddling of punctuations and tensesSummoning metaphorsRiding consonants, pulsing rhymesMaking me talk fast, talk slow, mess up grammar, not conform to language structuresWhen he allows me to dissect and internalize the complexity of his elementsHe flows out of me as natural as air breathing He defies hypocrisy and …

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Finding Hope in A Broken World

Before-word: This piece was written in response to the following questions I've been asking myself in the wake of protests to social injustice across the globe: How many times can a people be stretched before their elasticity is extended beyond its capacity to bounce back and they snap instead? What do you do when as …

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Ode to Breath© (a poem)

Before-word: How often do we think about breathing? It’s such an innate part of who we are, happening independent of us , that we don’t really think about it. Breath Whimsical as light as feather Powerful controller of life and death Rhythmic in-and-out flow Cannot be voluntarily constrained Faithful companion Constant friend You are my …

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Unmasked© (a poem)

Before-word: I wrote this piece long before masking became part of global health guidelines. Today we mask-up to protect our immune systems from an unseen predator—the novel corona virus. So for that reason, follow the golden rule of masking: mask-up for others as you’d have them mask-up for you. However, when I wrote this piece …

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D.O.A. | Defiant On Arrival© (a poem)

Before-word: This piece was written based on the culmination of experiences of those of us who've encountered a lying, deceitful, manipulator who masqueraded as love. Who among us haven’t had such an encounter? This is a live recording of a recital of D.O.A. at the Bowery Poetry Café (NY City). [click the “play” icon to …

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I Can’t Breathe©

Before-word: This piece was written June 4, 2020, a couple weeks after the killing of George Floyd. At first no words would come. The one thing that gets me through every crisis—my words—failed me. So I stayed silent, I listened within. I leaned into the discomfort, the angst, the anger, the upheavals of emotions. I …

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