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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.  

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                     POETS OF POETRY CONNECTION! 

September brings cooler days and thoughts of communing with nature.  This month, I bring you my dreams of flowing with nature, and I introduce poets both from Washington and Arizona, who write about 'what the stillness of nature does for them'.  I honor a fellow poet, Claudia Patchen, who has recently passed--her poignant words and photography live on as a tribute to her life.  Lorraine Hart describes the calming salve of returning to nature and finding the power of wisdom there and Linda Whaley ponders, while the reader rereads aloud for emphasis.  Mokasiya, a gentle soul who, meditating, is One with Nature, and Sandy Mauck, who, in using personification, gives us a glimpse of what nature does for her, both reside in Arizona.  Enjoy!


At Home in Nature
     by Gayle Slaten

Nature is where I go
For true communion
No church can hold
The vastness of the presence
I find while sitting among the redwoods
Soft mulch beneath me
Silent prayer filling me
And taking me to the clouds
Soaring from mountain to sea
Eagle eyed, I take in the beauty
Of the winds that caress me
Of the earth that cradles me
When I find the beaches of my childhood
Running through the warm sand
To the gentle waves
Diving in, becoming one with
The amniotic fluid of the ocean
Exploring the depths through seaweed
Passing gigantic turtles and
Colorful schools of quickly turning fish
I find my pod and play fully
With my fellow souls
Home at last, home at last

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