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GAYLE SLATEN

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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.  This column 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 and acting on one choice.  I am happily living in Tucson, AZ, writing, drumming, dancing and making art. 

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I am feeling very philosophical at the moment.  When I meditate, poetry comes to me in a different way, like someone is talking through me.  This month, I share my 'other voices', ah-ha's and spiritual messages. 

 

 

 Life's Merry-Go-Round

 

I dreamed I was a golden spark
Eternal and whole
Pure bliss, joy-filled
With unlimited possibility

 

I saw a merry-go-round
with heavy carved figures
stagnant in their forms
Stuck in their positions

 

I dove into a young girl
dressed as a ballerina
the figure softened and began to dance
I felt the joy of movement

 

I left that figure
for a large quarterback
the figure rose and began to run
I felt the strength of conviction to win

 

I moved to a couple
frozen in their desire
the figures began to embrace
I felt the passion and compassion of love

 

I rested in an old woman's form
sitting bent, covered with a shawl
the figure stirred, remaining still
I felt the peacefulness of being present

 

I arose from my dream
Knowing I was a part of all figures
I carried each shard as a hologram
With unlimited possibilities

 

 

 

Keys to Life

 

I dreamed the answers

Surrounded me

A ring of keys

That unlocked the Secret to Life

 

Key to Happiness

Look inside

Follow inner knowing

Take the passionate path

 

Key to Wealth

Give to others

Accept what returns

Create a spiral of resonating energy

 

Key to Love

Touch and be touched

Be the Witness for another's life

Be the mirror to that Soul

 

Key to Life

Acknowledge the gift

Appreciate each moment

Remember we are all one experiencing the physical realm

 

I woke up

Aware for a moment

Of Keys fading

I fell back asleep to Life

 

 

 

That Small, Still Voice

 

Sometimes I hear a voice

That says 'I love you'

I hear it loud and clear

Though it comes from inside

It echoes from my childhood

That small, still voice in my heart

When I feel alone,

It finds me

When I am sad,

It lifts me up

When I am angry,

It reminds me to look within

When I am joy-filled,

It surrounds and enfolds me

 

As I meditate I go back in time

And find my inner child

I whisper, 'I love you'

Again and again

Covering the hurt times

With love and acceptance

From at least one person,

Myself

Building a solid base

Of kindness from within

At every stage of life

Loving the child that was

Accepting the person I am

Surrounding and enfolding me with love

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