Category Archives: Ritual

Prompt Return

NaPoWriMo promises to return next April for this month dedicated to poets and their poetry and leaves us with the word return as our final prompt.  Taking a chant I first heard sung by Libana and repeated afterwards in countless women’s … Continue reading

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Song for Yemaya

It took me two days to write a flower poem, though this is not my first attempt to use the meaning of flowers as the floor of a poem.  I was about ready to cheat and throw in an old … Continue reading

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A Spirited Quadrille

On the first day of December, De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) brought to me (and all the other poets hanging around the bar at the dVerse Poets Pub) a quadrille in the spirit of the season. My forty-four words are meant … Continue reading

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Memorial

This is my dad, my haibun today is about him.  He was a decorated soldier and career military officer.  He was buried at Arlington Cemetery with full military honors.  It’s a good day to remember him. Henry Gerard Phillips was … Continue reading

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Women’s Ritual Dances and the Nine Touchstones of Goddess Spirituality-Part Two by Laura Shannon

In the first part of this article, I looked at how Carol P Christ’s Nine Touchstones of Goddess Spirituality are related to traditional women’s ritual dances of the Balkans. After more than thirty years of researching and teaching these dances…

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NaPoWriMo # 23 Cartomancy

I pulled the High priestess from my Ryder Waite tarot deck.  It’s the deck I learned to tell the cards with and its still my favorite because it incorporates so many plain, simple and universal symbols.  However, I have a … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMO – 3rd Day – Silliness ensues

Today an English form called Fourteeners, consisting of fourteen not necessarily iambic syllables. “Casey at the Bat,” was my guide today in this ridiculous endeavor- as some of my followers know I am very fond of nonsense. Male Bonding Today … Continue reading

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Poem for the New Year

New Year’s Eve   Clay is fired to make a pot. The pot’s use comes from emptiness. ~ Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu   Already, dawn breaks earlier. Day lengthens, quickening to light as sun pulls in her tether … Continue reading

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Christmas Past

When I was three years old my family moved to Germany and thus began four years of magical Christmases.  It was like living inside one of those glass balls that fill with a swirl of glittering snow when you shake … Continue reading

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Day 17 – Second Greeting

Mantra   I love the way you reach for me when I slide out of bed – oh so quietly to read, pee or surf  because insomnia is a perk of ageing you’ve not yet claimed.  I actually like these … Continue reading

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