Looking Back Only As Needed
May03

Looking Back Only As Needed

Looking back Is an exercise of re-imagining An examination of story That can trap you in old patterns Or release you into your future self So do it like a sea gull While walking forward Look back only as needed To determine what is wanted. The other day, as I walked down the trail at the local bay lands bird sanctuary, I noticed the seagulls had come in and were hanging out. They were swooping about in that way they have, then coming...

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The Being in the Tree
Apr21

The Being in the Tree

The Being in the Tree There is a large, old black walnut tree that owns the backyard of a house I used to live in. She is magnificent with arms that reach way up to the sky with old brown crooked fingers and rough grey-brown bark in patterns all over her. She loses all her leaves in the fall and is the last tree in the spring to sprout green leafy fingers. Black squirrels chase up and down her body competing for her walnuts,...

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Hearing a Poem

Hearing a Poem By Ti Klingler When in doubt, ask your friends. I’ve written over a thousand poems since I began my poem-a-day adventure back in 2009, so choosing one to feature can be a bit daunting! So for this month’s column, I asked my friends what poems stood out for them. Thank their generous hearts, they remembered! I found out my poems are being taped to mirrors, read to schoolchildren, and sent in cards. Isn’t that lovely?...

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Hidden Below

Hidden Below by Isabella Vickers Do you have a feeling there is something waiting within you? A glimmering truth, a deeper knowing, a truer calling? Do you move through your days with love and joy and yet still feel like there’s something more? Something deeper, greater, grander or maybe even smaller, shyer, quieter that longs to come into the light? Is there some part of you that really believes we all have gifts and talents to...

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Three Little Things

Three Little Things by Ti Klingler I met Effy Wild at Cosmic Cowgirls Creativity Camp, a place where anyone who wants a regular creative practice is given tools, prompts, and a lot of encouragement. As we played on our online campus, we each contributed to the “Poetry Pile,” a collection of poetry that ranged from the sublime to the truly ridiculous. This piece stood me still with its honesty and vivid images. It was so inspiring that...

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This is YOUR poem
Dec22

This is YOUR poem

This is YOUR poem By Ti Klingler For my last column of the year, I ‘m going to try something different. I’m going to write a poem right now, so you can see the process. I used to think I needed a grand idea and rock solid technique before I could write. Then, one day, as I sat under a tree in the park near my house, I heard a poem. It was spoken to me as if the tree itself was telling an old story. I went home, wrote it down, and...

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