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Book Review: To Kiss What Cannot Be Kissed

Book Review of Nancy Neithercut’s book: To Kiss What Cannot be Kissed… Love Songs from the Canyon

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Poem: Letting Go

L E T T I N G  G O . . . A moment of stillness and simply SEEING that there is: No Past No Future No Birth No Death No Inside No Outside No Up No Down No Thing

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Poem: Death is a New Beginning

Death is a New Beginning Death of our beloved is an ending and a new beginning death only marks a point in time when the old is transformed into new. Death of our beloved triggers our pain-body making our unconscious

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Haiku: Aligned With Nature

Aligned with nature embracing one’s unfolding being one with life. Betsy Summer Solstice: June 21, 2014 – 1:00 PM

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Poem: Coming to Life

Coming to Life Bombarded with information from every angle. One part of me says: I want to take a nap. Another part responds: Wake up and smell the roses, this is exactly what  you asked for! Energy increases, the more

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Tanka: Going Beyond History

Going Beyond History 15 years of dialog… a few words stir up the past muddying my sight. Clinging to history is my trap Seeing it, I step over the puddle. ~ Betsy ~ April 26, 2014

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Poem: Old Bubbles Rising to the Surface

Poem: Old bubbles rising to the surface Old bubbles rising to the surface clarity of identity, old one fading away. For now i just want to shut up I will see you later. ~ Betsy ~ 10/25/13 10:55 am

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Poem: What You Focus On Manifests

Poem: What You Focus On Manifests What you focus on manifests created reality gives validation of knowing and being alive. Confusion – going out of focus letting go of focus ability giving space for no-thing to manifest. ~ Betsy ~

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Poem: The Four Rewards

The Four Rewards of Spiritual Attainment When you let go of your physical world, my eyes will replace your eyes. You will see the world with my eyes and receive clarity and abundance. When you let go of your ability

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Poem: Who wants to look into a bright mirror?

Who wants to look into a bright mirror? In every being I see, my face is being reflected back to me. My face is your face and your face is mine. Every being can be my teacher, a mirror to

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Poem: Nice to Meet You!

Poem: Nice to Meet You! I don’t know how you arrived HERE so fast but I see the path you took is not important that you are here now is all that matters. While reading your poetic expression I felt

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Poem: Communication

Poem: Communication Wholeness of being heart connected to the mind seeing and asking. Inspired answer made into words spirit transported to world. Words received through mind vibration felt – thinking starts ego is alive. Unknown source is frightening reaction as

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Poem: Balance Happens By Itself

Poem: Balance Happens By Itself Balance existed while simply riding the bike euphoria arose when one forgot oneself like this, the bike and the rider are one. Attaching to sensation of euphoria wanting it to last forever – oneness dissolves

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Poem: Transformation II

Transformation II A low vibration can’t see high vibration thought silence rarely is. Constant chatter weaves the dream locking one in world of mind. Extreme suffering turning point – asking questions ear tuned to high pitch. Listen – intent for

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Poem: What’s It Like to Be Aware?

Poem: What’s it like to be aware and how does it happen? There is no internal chatter thinking is totally silent knowing is instant and direct. There is no emotion one’s body is totally relaxed filled with blissful tingling. Sound

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Poem: In a Clear Blue Sky

Poem: In a Clear Blue Sky In a clear blue sky mountains become visible revealing our smallness. Relating to encounters one’s walking makes the pathway. Distant peaks invite challenges urge us onward goals set intention. Boulder’s block our direction frustration

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Poem: Question What You can SEE

Poem: Question What You can SEE Question what you can SEE inside and outside of yourself. Senses make the unseen tangible and visible. Thought is visible consciousness tracing the passage of your invisible self. Asking ‘Who Am I?’ is a

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Poem: Unconditional Love, The Universal Cure

Unconditional Love, The Universal Cure Nobody wants a teacher that talks down to them that analyzes them like a rat in a laboratory experiment. Rather, what we all want and need is to be accepted exactly as we are in

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Poem: Reflections on Nature

Poem: Reflections on Nature Bamboo stalks swaying song erupts from clacking leaves being one with wind. Recalling what one has seen the past stays alive inside. Has one ever seen a still bamboo in the wind refusing to sway? Human’s

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Poem: Walking Down My Road

Poem: Walking Down My Road Walking down my road I hear and see a person they reflect within. Contact – consciousness thinking gives sense of knowing. Lost in inside world making sense of images connecting the dots. Isolated bubble views

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Poem: Ending Your Loneliness

Poem: Ending Your Loneliness If you are feeling alienated and alone in this world, then where is your passion to end this feeling? If you are feeling united with the whole, then where is your rejoicing and sharing with all?

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Poem: The First Day of Fall

The First Day of Fall Isolation, all alone, me and my best friend. Drunken splendors, revelry, drunken illusion. Through the fog a voice was heard calling in the night. Clear as a bell I heard it say, “Go to AA”

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Poem: My Life is On Hold

Poem: My Life is On Hold My life is on hold desperately seeking key finding frustration. This fake one is relentless doesn’t give up easily. The sun is shining the flowers are opening bird song fills the air. Expression is

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Poem: Passing Time…

Poem: Passing Time… A year and a half reversing massive buildup that was choking all. Maniacal abundance receiving just what we need. Endless useless works tending to material that no one will want Orphaned kittens needing love not enough hands

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Poem: Polish the Mirror of Our Heart

“If you are an enlightened soul why are you not with your enlightened soul? If you have no enlightened soul, why don’t you become an enlightened soul, meaning to polish the mirror of your heart?” – Anonymous Poem: How to

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Poem: My Thoughts with Michelle

The following are poems written during my friendship with Michelle Moan, who at 35 years old was battling breast cancer. She fought so hard and the circumstances of her life, didn’t make it any easier. When I first met her

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Poem: Vigilance

Poem: Vigilance For years I’ve been vigilant noticing when I’m suffering knowing these are moments to see my identification. But what has been fooling me for so long, are those moments when I’m not suffering being happy with my program.

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Poem: Rocks on the Railway Bed

Rocks on the Railway Bed As I walk along the tracks, I feel the rocks under my feet. I notice how each rock has found a home among all the other rocks. The geometric pattern of the rocks together make

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Poem: Fear is Not Present

Poem: Fear is Not Present Fear, the master of my emotions. Forgetting the present, being self-centered. Time wasted, fearful of the future and events that rarely happen. Events are stressful because of what I expect. Vivid imaginings of how they

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Poem: Who’s watching?

Poem: Who’s watching? Meditation, going deeper into the recesses of my mind. I find it amusing watching myself, but who is it that’s watching anyway? ~ Betsy ~ July 14, 1999

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Poem: Many times I feel alone

Poem: Many times I feel alone I see that this mainly happens when that which I desire isn’t given to me from things on the outside, whether this is a person, place or thing. For sure I have the urge

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Poem: Mind Voice

Mind Voice Separate thinking mind-voice created defensive world grown from my reactions so that I could see myself. These days I see you clearly going on by yourself, thinking that you’re alive turning around and around. Reacting chained thoughts triggering

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Haiku: Cicada Forest

Haiku: Cicada Forest Cicada forest memories brought to the surface completed cycle.   ~ Betsy ~ August 24, 2000

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Poem: Father, Take the Reins

Father, Take the Reins We are all one, a part of the whole, the entirety of existence, one big soul. Humanity, the children of our father, the hands of the one who has all power. My life is yours, I’m

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Poem: Response to September 11, 2001

Poetic Response to September 11, 2001 Silence of sadness no bird sings in burned forest cold ash covers soil. Hiroshima still present human’s omni ignorance. BeiYin     Desolate landscape     money filling holes of loss     paper substitute.     Opportunity

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Poem: The Politician

The Politician Telling us what he thinks we want to know. Steering our lives by his judgments and beliefs. Not representing – but presenting his own view of himself. The ultimate, actor on the stage false face, false views lying

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Tanka: Summer Solstice

Tanka: Summer Solstice Summer solstice walking down a new road my heart in my hands. Trusting that life provides and gives me what I need. ~ Betsy ~ June 20, 2012

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Tanka: Smokey

Tanka: Smokey Smokey is leaving holding him in my arms hands are going numb. Light collecting as vortex preparing to fly away. ~ Betsy ~ July 14, 2010

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Tanka: Reliving My Dream

Tanka: Reliving My Dream Reliving my dream fast track journey through past lives exhausting myself. This vivid experience persuades me to let it go. ~ Betsy ~ December 14, 2013 – 10 pm

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Haiku: Winter’s Healing Frost

Haiku: Winter’s Healing Frost Winter’s healing frost transforming fruit of branches new life comes from old. ~ Betsy ~ December 21, 2013 Happy Winter Solstice!

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Haiku: Howling wind

Haiku: Howling wind Howling wind and snow wild cats keep me up all night adapting to cold. ~ Betsy ~ December 13, 2008

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Haiku: Hens Burst Into Song

Haiku: Hens Burst Into Song Hen’s burst into song gusty winds announcing Spring warm egg in my hand. ~ Betsy ~ February 22, 2004

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Tanka: Polyp On Coral

Tanka: Polyp On Coral Polyp on coral frantic propulsion’s outward stretching cord of old. Growing force crescendo jellyfish enters ocean. ~ Betsy ~ November 27, 2006

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Tanka: Promise of Pleasure

Tanka: Promise of Pleasure Promise of pleasure keeps me coming back for more I’ll face any pain. Merging with your warm embrace I am alive on earth. ~ Betsy ~ November 28, 2006

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Tanka: Tornado Vortex

Tanka: Tornado Vortex Tornado vortex twisting apart foundations new life comes from old. Frozen personalities break apart under pressure. ~ Betsy ~ November 30, 2006

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Tanka: One Step At A Time

Tanka: One Step At A Time One step at a time I walk down the path of life finding no shortcut. Accepting the laws of nature a fruit will fall when it’s ripe. ~ Betsy ~ December 3, 2006

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Tanka: Shell of Protection

Tanka: Shell of Protection Shell of protection restricted growth causing pain desire for relief. Baby chick’s exhausting pecks spurred by hope of space to fly. ~ Betsy ~ December 5, 2006

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Tanka: Kundalini Transformation

Tanka: Kundalini Transformation High heat and pressure transforms carbon into colorless crystals. A volcanic eruption brings diamonds to the surface. ~ Betsy ~ August 25, 2012

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Tanka: Stark Confrontation

Tanka: Stark Confrontation Stark confrontation second glimpse of pretender ghostly vibration. Who ‘I am’ can now be raised with focus in the present. ~ Betsy ~ December 24, 2007

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Tanka: Allowing Deep Sleep

Tanka: Allowing Deep Sleep Allowing deep sleep a liquid pool engulfs me dissolving my parts. In dark unknown of pupae a butterfly grows it’s wings. ~ Betsy ~ December 27, 2007

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Tanka: Shells of Indifference

Tanka: Shells of Indifference Shells of indifference hampered growth – amassing pain undermined body. A volcano blows it’s top when pressure can’t be contained. ~ Betsy ~ December 31, 2007

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Tanka: Transformation

Tanka: Transformation Deep meditation Holding breath – I will NOT think! crossing the threshold… QUIET!!! Deep sleep feels like death AWARE!!! Old replaced by new. ~ Betsy ~ March 9, 2009

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Tanka: Mirror of Darkness

Tanka: Mirror of Darkness Mirror of darkness you can interpret my dream if I want to know. Glimpsing the story weaver shadows giving sight to light. ~ Betsy ~ December 31, 2007

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Tanka: San Diego Tiger

Tanka: San Diego Tiger San Diego Tiger Intense aliveness for a day pursuing taunters. Excitement releases stress paw on prey, panting, blood – Ahhhhhh… ~ Betsy ~ January 2, 2008

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Tanka: Memories of Light

Tanka: Memories of Light Memories of light trigger longings of creator and desire to fly. The butterfly grows its wings passing through cycles on earth. ~ Betsy ~ January 2, 2008

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Tanka: Wavy Blue Cosmos

  Tanka: Wavy Blue Cosmos Wavy blue cosmos stars observing other stars sounds pass right through me. Right here the time doesn’t pass existence fills up senses. ~ Betsy ~ December 31, 2007

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Tanka: Lost in Inside World

Tanka: Lost in Inside World Lost in inside world making sense of images connecting the dots. Isolated bubble views a planet full of dreamers. ~ Betsy ~ January 8, 2008

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Tanka: Hummingbird

Tanka: Hummingbird Your wings beat so fast your drone tells me you’re coming opening my eyes. Watching you I’m mesmerized thanks to you – I am present. ~ Betsy ~ August 6, 2008

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Tanka: Light on Earth

Tanka: Light on Earth Light brought down to earth strong reflection of full moon shadows lengthening. Mountains etch the horizon drawing me into silence. ~ Betsy ~ May 2, 2007

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Tanka: Noticing My Fear

Tanka: Noticing My Fear Noticing my fear “I” don’t want to be exposed bright light is scary. Years of staying in retreat preferred comfort of shadow. Betsy January 2, 2008

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Tanka: Focused Intention

Tanka: Focused Intention Focused intention gazing into inner world sound fills my being. A long journey to the self rising from quiet center. ~ Betsy ~ June 21, 2003 – 24:00

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Tanka: Waves of Energy

Tanka: Waves of Energy Waves of energy massaging tired body forgetting myself. Interest lost in worldly things the treasure is here right now. ~ Betsy ~ October 30, 2005

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Tanka: Seeing My Smallness

Tanka: Seeing My Smallness Seeing my smallness allowing this drop to fall into the ocean. The sound of silence rising a diamond found in darkness. ~ Betsy ~ October 20, 2005

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Tanka: Gazing at the Sun

Tanka: Gazing at the Sun Gazing at the sun setting busy world aside bird lands on fig tree. Nature’s dance filling senses time passes in an instant. ~ Betsy ~ September 4, 2003

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Tanka: Holding Images

  Tanka: Holding Images Holding images don’t see wholeness around me tunnel vision sight. Energy drained maintaining fantasies that won’t manifest. ~ Betsy ~ March 26, 2002

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Tanka: Seeing What I’m Not

Tanka: Seeing What I’m Not Seeing what I’m not Seeking has come to an end What is this ‘I am?’ An answer not for my mind this will have to grow on me. ~ Betsy ~ October 24, 2005

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Tanka: Deep Pool

Tanka: Deep Pool Deep pool of knowing experiencing itself in myriad ways. Reflections are kept alive mirrored in beholding minds. ~ Betsy ~ October 16, 2005

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Tanka: Collected Pressure

Tanka: Collected Pressure Collected pressure produces thunder and lightening outlet of healing. Earth replenished after storm space is opened for growing ~ Betsy ~ August 9, 2005

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Tanka: Watching the Watcher

Tanka: Watching the Watcher Watching the watcher questioning one’s reaction looking for the cause. Finding out one knows nothing one can set aside the mind. ~ Betsy ~ October 16, 2005

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Tanka: Not Wanting to Harm

Tanka: Not Wanting to Harm Not wanting to harm the resting butterfly I approach calmly. By observing you closely perhaps I’ll learn your secret. ~ Betsy ~ July 7, 2005

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Tanka: If I Had Your Past

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Tanka: If I Had Your Past If I had your past and level of awareness I’d be the same as you. Self-importance drops away watching the waves of the sea ~ Betsy ~ October 14, 2005 Photo of Playa Portintax

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Tanka: Look Into My Eyes

Tanka: Look Into My Eyes Look into my eyes peer until you find my heart there we join as one. Seeing with eyes of a child worldly concerns fade away. ~ Betsy ~ April 27, 2005

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Tanka: A Spider At Dawn

Tanka: A Spider At Dawn Nobody around quiet stillness fills the air a spider at dawn Presence goes undetected as vibrations can’t be seen. ~ Betsy ~ September 15, 2005

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Tanka: Deathly Dark

Tanka: Deathly Dark Short days of winter retreating into myself curled by the fire. Hidden within dark shadows the spark of new beginnings. ~ Betsy ~ December 20, 2005

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Tanka: Cutting Out Evil

Tanka: Cutting Out Evil Cutting out evil by closing off one’s senses seeker’s sacrifice. Holiness gained with a price spontaneity is lost. ~ Betsy ~ October 12, 2005

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Tanka: Reflecting Sunlight

  Tanka: Reflecting Sunlight Reflecting sunlight turning heads inviting me to join your beauty. I feel drawn to surrender merging together as ONE. ~ Betsy ~ April 22, 2005

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Tanka: Watching Reactions

Tanka: Watching Reactions Watching reactions intention keeps me busy goals are truly vain. Allowing space-less presence I feel my heart beating loud. ~ Betsy ~ March 13, 2005

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Tanka: Like A Crouched Tiger

Tanka: Like A Crouched Tiger Like a crouched tiger I’m pouncing on everything that crosses my path. Circle of provocation endless reason to fight back. ~ Betsy ~ March 3, 2005

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Tanka: Putting Head in Sand

Tanka: Putting Head in Sand Putting head in sand dark and quiet comforts me calms my reactions. I can’t risk to see myself through reflections of people. ~ Betsy ~ October 12, 2005

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Tanka: Orange Blossom Time

Tanka: Orange Blossom Time Orange blossom time heady scent attracting me drawing me closer. Flowers filling my eyesight connection beyond senses. ~ Betsy ~ April 21, 2005

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Tanka: Unconscious Background

Tanka: Unconscious Background Unconscious background. While busy engaged in thoughts I’m blind as a bat. Listening to silent breeze I see the moon in the sky. ~ Betsy ~ April 7, 2005

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Tanka: Suffering Blind Spot’s

Tanka: Suffering Blind Spot’s Suffering blind spot’s: profound interpretation giving sense to life. Living on water’s surface fear of sinking into depth. ~ Betsy ~ February 25, 2005

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Tanka: Dying Gasps

Tanka: Dying Gasps Dying gasps – hiccups old dreams rising to the top presence is misty. It’s too dark and cold outside the tortoise closes it’s shell. ~ Betsy ~ March 16, 2005

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Tanka: Letting Go Of Fear

Tanka: Letting Go Of Fear Letting go of fear stretching hand to stroke wild cat returned connection. Being drawn towards the silence fading into the background. ~ Betsy ~ April 10, 2005

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Tanka: Eyes of Creator

Tanka: Eyes of Creator   Eyes of creator observing the happenings new inspiration. Plans modified as they’re formed never-ending creation. ~ Betsy ~ June 25, 2000

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Tanka: Miserable Life

Tanka: Miserable Life Miserable life. Longing for sunshine’s bright face underneath dark clouds. Desire’s realm – hidden motion rainbow dreams of being born. ~ Betsy ~ April 21, 2000

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Tanka: Chipmunk

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Tanka: Chipmunk Chipmunk on rail fence head hidden under a leaf body in plain sight. Eyes perceiving world through fear colored picture of safety. ~ Betsy ~ May 22, 2000

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Tanka: I Am Never Now

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Tanka: I Am Never Now Today wasn’t great tomorrow will be better I am never NOW. My feet never touch the ground ‘I’ live my life in my head. ~ Betsy ~ March 29, 2005

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Tanka: Smiling Flower Face

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Tanka: Smiling Flower Face Smiling flower face survivor of Winter’s breath bright color in snow. Without dreams of better times accepting life’s bounty now. ~ Betsy ~ April 22, 2000

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Tanka: No Morels

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Tanka: No Morels No morels for days dropping search – enjoying walk seeing rotting elm. Investigating elm tree three big morels growing there. ~ Betsy ~ May 5, 2000

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Tanka: Celebrate Today!

Celebrate Today

Tanka: Celebrate Today!   Celebrate today! Prisms of light reflecting rainbow in dark sky. Fading color – gleaming gold endless treasure – open eyes. ~ Betsy ~ February 6, 2000

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Tanka: Little Blue Nuthatch

Little Blue Nuthatch

Tanka: Little Blue Nuthatch Little blue nuthatch home is hole in rotting tree happy to have nest. No concern about next storm toppling temporary home. ~ Betsy ~ May 5, 2000

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Tanka: Last Walk Through Dark Clouds?

Tanka: Last Walk Through Dark Clouds? Last walk through dark clouds? Inspiration seems to lead feet follow later. Dissolving old boundaries opening new horizons. ~ Betsy ~ October 25, 2000

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Tanka: Quietly Seeing

Tanka: Quietly Seeing Quietly seeing creatively reacting to the here and now. Open heart observes response acceptance of new lesson. ~ Betsy ~ January 9, 2000

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Tanka: Thundering Downpour

Tanka: Thundering downpour Thundering downpour cardinal singing his song a lone voice in storm. Perhaps he’s happy like me needed rain will fatten fruit. ~ Betsy ~ May 8, 2000

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Tanka: I wear many masks

Tanka: I wear many masks I wear many masks. I’m a hallow changing shell collected by my past. Finding true self in the mix all my faces join as one. ~ Betsy ~ October 31, 2000

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Tanka: Calmly observing

  Tanka: Calmly Observing Calmly observing walking on path in forest my self fades away… May-apples poking through leaves lost in new growth of Spring. ~ Betsy ~ April 14, 2000

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Tanka: Castles in the air

Tanka: Castles in the Air Castles in the air   humanities harmony boundless common dream. Unseen force urging people to learn how to get along. Guiding inner light unraveling thought patterns showing us the way. Eye tuned in to hear

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Tanka: Catbird

Tanka: Catbird Grey body – black cap catbird returns singing his song elusive creature. Shrubs emitting irony happy to hear his fake song. ~ Betsy ~ May 12, 2000

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Five Tanka: Manifestation

Five Tanka: Manifestation Manifestation one’s created intention reflections of self. Explained meaning of being the cart is before the horse. Identifying – sucked into old behavior valuing the known. Watching observer’s reactions clear view of what’s going on. Dividing apart

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