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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 iI 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.  

 

This winter, I have spent time going within, finding balance when reuniting with nature.  

 

Aubade to Presence

 

Joy-filled vessel
Resonating sensations of
Sweetened coffee on my tongue
Slight breeze brushing my face
Warmth of Arizona sun
Sinking into my skin

 

I breathe in deeply
Loosening tense places
Of held in beliefs
Releasing what was
Coming in to full presence
Peaceful in this moment

Empty mind

Ready to take in a new day
This earthly body revels in
This moment, all there is

 

 

Path of an Empath

 

I take a walk

And become the pebbles

Kicked on the road

Bouncing to a new vantage point

I become a bird on the wire

Peering down to see me pass

Before taking flight

I become a prickly cholla

Ready to grab on to a passerby

And hitch a ride 

I become a wispy cloud

In the powder blue sky

Gaining a broader perspective 

Of life below

I become the cotton tailed rabbit

Caught in stillness

As I pass by

 

I come back to myself

Feet scuffing the road

Pebbles flying

I greet the birds above me, 

The cacti that line the path, 

I notice the clouds in the sky, 

Grateful for a sunny day, 

And I connect with

A rabbit, still as a statue, 

Mentally reassuring it

That I'm a friend

And companion

On this slice of life

  

A Simple Apology

 

I deeply apologize to my Higher Self

I wish that I had listened to you sooner

I know you'd say

'Everything in its own time'

Yet I know you have tried many times before

To wake me up and to guide my path

I appreciate that you have never wavered

And have been there as a silent witness

Nurturing my growth

Behind the scenes

Waiting for me to discover myself

In this changing body

In this magnificent learning ground

Called Life

 


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