Sunday, August 30, 2020

swirl

cause and effect
sometimes
action and reaction
yes
but swirl
and flow and
magic
in all of these
moments
and forever more.

~

RN

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Case

stairs that are ever
going upward
are exhausting
i must find a way
to stop
rest on this balcony
if needed, step off
only to float down
back to the trees and what
is real
knowing the staircase
in my mind
is mine
to change.

~

RN

Monday, August 24, 2020

unplugged

what if
we just unplugged
let them run
let them play
outside
let them learn
the way children
do.

~

RN

Saturday, August 22, 2020

in this great twinkling circle

that we are all alive
in this great
twinkling circle
ever-turning
that we can pause
and see each other
and cherish deeply
each breath
causes such 
praise and music
in my heart.

~

RN

Thursday, August 13, 2020

cranes

circumstances crumple
like paper folded
into cranes
grounded
the crinkle
still audible
crunching under fingers
pressing out
and learning
always re-learning how to fly.

~

RN

Friday, August 7, 2020

drops

tiny drops of honey
on my fingertips
each leading to a
strand of spider's
silk
each thread
extending to a dream
and the dreams
revealing a truth
and the hope it to
bring this glistening
thought back to you.

~

RN

Thursday, August 6, 2020

your freedom

when you remembered
all of the moments
that mattered
i bet
none of them
were spent scouring
the kitchen floor
so let that stuff
go
all of the vicious cycles
of self-betrayals
that kept you kneeling
and rise up
feeling the brilliance
of your freedom
and your inner-worth.

~

RN

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

it doesn't matter

it doesn't matter what
you're wearing
it doesn't matter how
much stuff you have
or what you don't
it doesn't matter 
where you grew up
where you were born
or where you ended up
it doesn't matter if
you took the long way
or the short--
what does matter--
is the joy and
happiness that you
share with other
people--
where do you find it ?
where do you grow it ?
where can you help it
flow 
until it pours ?

~

RN

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Wait

i'm not going to 
wait until you're gone,
to tell you
i appreciate you
i'm not going to
wait to tell you i
love you
when the feeling's bursting
at the seams
i'm not going to 
withhold showing you i care
there is nothing
stopping me
there is no other
time than now
there is nothing 
comparable to this
we found each
other for so many reasons.

~

RN

Friday, July 10, 2020

flawed

you are not
beautiful
because of the way
you look
on the outside
but because of how
you love
and give
and care.

~

RN

Friday, July 3, 2020

Legacy

when your pride
comes from
a place that
includes 
the enslavement
of another people,
it is no longer
a source 
of pride.

~

RN

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

come out

i dared
the thoughts
to come out onto
the paper
they sneered
and sighed and
laughed and
pointed
and then got quiet
humbled
by my pen.

~

RN

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

With A Poem

I'm not going to change
your mind with a poem
I couldn't make you act
differently or better
if I tried
That is not within my power
But what is
Is how I choose to speak
How I choose to respond
How I choose to behave
and decide
That the world cannot stay this way
Abusing and confusing and destroying
each other
That the planet cannot stay this way
Exhausting and depleting
and stripping and melting
That We, The People, cannot
stay this way
We were born to love
We were born to create
And so, in the now of this
very moment
I will not stay this way
With my heart breaking
Every day
Although I cannot
Change your mind
With a poem.

~

RN

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

the wall, breached

there will be no peace
until all people are
equally free.
and there will be 
nothing close to freedom
until the constructs
of oppression
that exist
crumble down.

So what are you 
building with
your life --
another wall ?

~

RN

Monday, June 1, 2020

love is blind

navigating
these walls
in the dark
eyes 
cut out
only fingertips
left
searching.

~

RN

Thursday, May 28, 2020

exit

if i could walk
out of myself
i would leave behind
no mess, i would
close all of the doors
and turn to face
this path
if i could walk out
of myself
i would not
feel this pain again.

~

RN

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

harsh awakening

the kind of shooting
where no one cries
out or screams
just BOOM
and slam and it's over.

~

RN 

Monday, May 25, 2020

skim

there is a bird
skimming across the water
like a boat with both
paddles out
pulled evenly
like a kite carving
through the air streams
but the surface
is my mind
and the bird
is a feeling of calm.

~

RN

Thursday, May 21, 2020

begin

what would you do today
if it were your last
day
what would you
let go of
who would you forgive
what would you stop
carrying around
how would you change things
for the better
who do you need to say
thank you to
and where would you
begin--right now ?

~

RN

lessons

Need
is the greatest teacher
said the lock
it forces you
to search
for the key.

Desire
is the greatest teacher
said the craving
it demands
that you decide
on a solution.

Grief
is the greatest teacher
said the empty arms
it lies
and says that nothing
will change.

Hope
is the greatest teacher
says the sunshine
it speaks the truth
that rests
in every seed.

~

RN