Head above Water

I’ve always wanted the best view from my window. This. Cascading water. The bustle that I could ignore. The peace. An address that read- 24/7, Head above Water Retreat, Off the Road… It was either this or the meds. Did I really have a choice? I was asked where I would feel good. It was …

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Amma’s Congee

An iron fence separated the park from the lakeside where a few villagers set up their makeshift tents. Living by the lake assured them a new life, the luxuries of, cooking, cleaning and maybe even bathing, when the guard looked the other way. Amma, eighty years old, ever-present, self-appointed mother of the lot worked around …

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Common Ground

A cramped space this. I need to stretch, feel the earth under my feet. A little less talk and a little more quiet. Thriving in closed spaces, you’ve mastered the art of contorting yourself, being stashed away. The air is mine own. My mind lifts off- a sailboat in flight, the air my water, the …

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Silent Spaces

Your narrow window to the world tightly frames your limited thought. Boxed in, your spirit is beaten into submission. Cracks, fissures and fractures immobilize you. Rejecting your body, your soul floats away seeking vast expanses. Your breathing, shallow. No movement, for any imperceptible tremor significantly magnifies the pain. Limp, spent, reduced to a quivering mess of …

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