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 I was named Gayle Lindsay Slaten at birth—my mother said she gave me a writer's name.  Prophecy or not, I have been writing since I could hold a pen.  Poetry flows with my nature, helping me to discover myself through hard times and a good friend to me as I traverse this earthly path.  From There to Here encompasses the balance between dark times and light, earlier musings and lessons learned along the way.  I share my writing to help others know that life can change in a moment, just by making a choice and taking that one step.  My book of poetry and prose, GLASS OF ME, will be out shortly.  

For the past nine months, I have been sharing poetry from a deeply troubled time, from the darkness of an unhealthy relationship.  This amount of time has been symbolic as I am birthing my freedom now, sharing my growth and observations from this new perspective.  This coincides with being named Poet Laureate, which will take this column in a new direction.  This month, I will be meeting with a group of poets who launched me on my journey of expressing myself through poetry and sharing my work with others.  In the coming months, I will introduce you to some of these poets and share their unique and amazing work that comes from a single idea expressed in a myriad of ways.  My poems today are about letting go and moving on...and, coming back to myself.



Letting go of Acrobatics

I'm letting go of acrobatics
Twisting myself
To comply with
Someone else's ideas
About who I should be
Trying to fit that square peg
Into that incessant round hole

After years of
Standing on my head
To see things differently
I'm standing up straight
Realizing that
My view of the world
Makes me happier
Feels more comfortable

I am shaking out
The cricks and crinks
Of tightness that comes
From holding
Impossible positions
For someone else's benefit
Time to relax into
My body
Go with
My gut
Trust my
Inner compass
Know that
I am Ok
Just being Me


Closing Time

It is time to close past sorrow
Let go of painful memories
And focus on a brighter tomorrow

Time to let go and move on
Close the door
Lock the Past
Throw away that Key

Look ahead to possibilities
Not hindered by
The tug of tragedy
The albatross is set free
And so am I

It is closing time
For one life
Time to open the Present
And explore
What is in front of me

Close this chapter
Close this chapter
It is closing time

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