a tanka

a thank you for you — and your light

Image by Christoph Schütz from Pixabay

Thank you, dear readers
Heaven’s manna, being heard
You are Grace and Feast —
dark Before now crystal caves
echoing flames of Afters

©Jenine Bsharah Baines 2021

I’ve been intrigued by the idea of a crystal cave ever since I read Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave when I was 14…


Take a walk with me…

Photo by walking partner for life, Gary

“In the end, we’re all just walking each other home.” Ram Dass

The above quote says it all for me. I could so easily make it my entire bio…Except I suspect Quy Ma expects a bit more out of me than this. (Insert smile emoji.)


TWO HAIKU & A TANKA

Zooming in on a blessing I’m just so done with

Photo by very imperfect poet

The most known meaning of tulips is perfect and deep love… As tulips bloom at the beginning of spring they also have a meaning of rebirth. Bloom and Wild

Neanderthal soul,
why persist in resisting?
Still, I’ll surrender.

This season will pass.
Farewell, mists of wintry plague.
Welcome, patient Spring.


HOW TO FARE WELL

learn from pain then douse & redirect it

Photo by Possessed Photography on Unsplash

Perhaps you watch
in slow motion
as the bow stretches back,
releases…

Perhaps you’re too nearsighted
to see
nor superhuman enough
to catch
the arrow en route.

Whatever…

Your heart gasps,
bleeding out
like very rare steak
on a platter.
Wound with carving knife in hand.

Distrust licking its chops…


WHAT KEEPS YOU WRITING — PROMPT

when even red lights are green

Photo by Keagan Henman on Unsplash

We’re a trinity.
Sacred in our small,
immensely unknowable way

Heart, Muse, and I.
Spirit, Creator, Scribe.
Athos, Porthos, Aramis.

Un pour tous, tous pour un
One for all, all for one
Pen as sword, sword penning epiphanies

My seeking spirit Athos
leading the way,
gutting taunting voices
of mere grey matter, deceptors,
no…


CHEESECAKE SPIRITUALITY

and he played for me

photo by grateful poet

To Spencer, my son in law & inspiration

Our finest gifts we bring, pa-rum-pa-pum-pum (Little Drummer Boy carol)

I.

A box bearing a gift –
lemon cheesecake!
Yin and yang,
sweet and sour
in perfect balance.

Each exquisite bite bliss,
a dissolving communion wafer
as I step
with wobbly ankles
and wobblier prayers
through the…


LIFE AS POETIC ART-FORM

Counting every syllable, making every step count

Image by Mikes-Photography from Pixabay

Will you write something silly –
or choose paths shadowed, hilly?
Yet Silly has dark places.
Deep Truth makes goofy faces.

The comic and the tragic.
Intertwined to wield magic.
Each starters in the sourdough.
Sandwiched big bangs and deathblows.

©Jenine Bsharah Baines 2021

I’m not as prolifically adventurous as…


EVERY DAY IS A HALLOWED EVE

Its tricks, its treats

Photo by Matheus Bertelli from Pexels

“…pumpkins with scary faces carved into them (what we now call Jack-o-Lanterns) were long used to ward off evil spirits. Because of this, carved pumpkins are often associated with protection and dispelling negative energy.” Pumpkin Magick/DavyandTracy.com

My orange heart,
carved with the fierce face
of a Bodhisattva

A warrior
of loving…


MEMORIES OF A FIRST CRUSH

A cringe-worthy moment becomes a lifelong lesson

Photo by Artem Militonían on Unsplash

All the world’s a stage. William Shakespeare (As You Like It)
To be or not to be. William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

He was an older man. A psych major at Indiana University. Forbidden fruit my family would never allow me to reach for much less pluck from the tall tree guarding…

Jenine Bsharah Baines

O, to be indomitable, joyous, a seeker of epiphanies, an acolyte of Beauty, a worshipper of wisdom, a beam in the Light! jeninebaines@gmail.com

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