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Haikus From the Aftermath

Posted on October 21, 2015 with 0 comments
Nuthatches fly in
And out of their house we built
I know she sees them
Two crows conferring
Under empty bird feeders
Ask me, where is she?

A Brief review of Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, by John O’Donohue
I purchased this book of poems/blessings after reading the poem, "For Grief." It is on my wall over my computer. It was an instant favorite among my friends and I bought this book within hours of reading "For Grief."As an English major and published songwriter, I have been captivated by the multi-layered imagery and the amazingly original language that dives right to the center of my mind and heart. I will be purchasing more of his work after I complete my first savoring of this collection.

No Place to Go , So She Left Us

Posted on August 24, 2015 with 0 comments
No Place to Go , So She Left Us
This morning I was thinking about the first part of my friend's suicide note, written apparently a few days before her death. I just found out about the note last week. No one had told me. She said that she needed in-house (residential) help but could find no way to get it. I wish she had told me.  I tried for at least two years to find affordable inpatient treatment for her, but had to settle for underfunded periodic weekly outpatient care in the form of group addiction therapy.
The company she worked for went broke, she lost her insurance, the state cut off her unemployment, she had cancer but it was responding to treatment. There’s more, but most importantly, she had dual diagnosis of alcohol addiction and being bipolar-and no money. Over 8.9 million persons have co-occurring disorders; that is they have both a mental and substance use disorder. Only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving [...]
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Avian Symphony, a haiku

Posted on August 23, 2015 with 0 comments
Sounds from the green slopes
Chickadees, wrens, and finches
Avian symphony

Haiku Aug. 22, 2015

Posted on August 22, 2015 with 0 comments
Dreams from my childhood: 
Plump, juicy wild blackberries, 
Thorns in our fingers

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