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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.  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.  

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The month of May, for me, is a time of reawakening to the beauty of Spring, time for reminiscing about family, asking what we stand for and honoring those who have passed.

 

Further On Up the Road

 

As a child, I sat

In the back seat
Of our family car
Watching the world go by
Noticing my mother
Staring into the side-view mirror
I thought she was vain

Gazing at herself

 

But now,
I am much further on up the road
My children long gone
No one in the back seat
To wonder why I stare
In the side-view mirror...
Secret revealed--
I see my mother,
Not myself,
And generations past
As I go forward in life

 

What Do I Stand For Now?

 

I was Joan of Arc
Eva Peron
Cleopatra
And Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

Amelia Earhart
Mary Magdalene
Hildegard of Bingen
And Eleanor of Aquitaine

 

Mirabai and Sappho
Many incarnations ago
And so you ask me now,
What causes I am for?

 

Justice and equality
For all sentient beings
To experience love and harmony
Passion and compassion
Freedom to explore,
To speak up
And to speak out
To acknowledge uniqueness
While knowing Oneness
To appreciate this gift of Life
And to share the beauty and joy it brings
Through creative and peaceful means

 

 

The Poppies

 

The poppies still grow
On the side of the hill
Standing strong
In the wind and rain
Delicate, paper-like petals
Reminding me of a time long gone
When old men stood
Outside of the stores
With paper flowers
For small girls
To dream upon
Knowing nothing of war
Only miniature poppies
With the hope of more
From some fine prince
Some day

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