Poems on spirit, grace, place, love and relationships
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So here I sit my heartflaps open
and the hole in that space
leaking liquid hurt all over the page
and you tell me to tame my passion?
To curb my desire?
So what is your agenda?
Do you want
release or affirmation
or just to be left alone again
to be allowed to love another or yourself?
I sit here and I tell you that
passion is not something that can be
tamed like a pet
to be fed regularly
and trained and patted
on the head for being good and mild.
Passion is a flamenco dancer
stomping centuries of bullsblood
through the soles of her feet and
feeling the soul spreading of Spanish rhythms.
Passion is the spider who eats her mate.
Passion is the salmon who
exhausts itself swimming upstream to breed.
Passion is the libertine, who cries,
“let the tanks come I am ready to die for my cause.”
Passion is the throes of lust, panting for release.
Passion is the breaking of the string
from the fury of the playing.
It is the shattering of glass
on the highest note which sends shivers
up the spine of the listener.
Passion is risk and flight and racing heartbeats
and running headlong in front of a train.
Passion is leaping from a mountain
without so much as an umbrella to break the fall.
Passion can only fall away
or fizzle out of its own accord.
It will not and cannot and must not
It will find its own expression in its own release.
But this recent rashness is only a part of me.
And I know this is not love but impulse.
Lotus love unfolds
petal by petal towards the sun
which seeps life slowly
through its slender stamens
and showers its splendour
on the beholder.
This lotus opening
this calm act of life
is how I wish to know you now.
in the flitting sunlight.
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About the Book
Poetry expresses the physical and spiritual worlds in ways that other kinds of writing cannot. Travelling opens our minds and feeds our spirit. Creative musings and meditations on life, spirit, grace, love, relationships, art, and nature weave their way through the feminine spiritual journey that infuses these lyrical poems.
About the Author
Anita Jetnikoff (PhD) lectures in English literature, language, and curriculum. She is a passionate educator as well as a painter, poet, documentary film maker, photographer, organic gardener, spiritual seeker, and avid traveller.