Nature, Our Teacher

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In time,
we will approach
more quietly,
see less of our own
busy movement
around the trees,
stop feeding our wayward thoughts,
stop circumventing the rivers
or wading upstream,
will instead patter softly
on the mossy forest floor,
still our restless hearts,
will bring the background forward,
see our origins
maybe for the first time,
find our teachers here.

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Summer Reading!

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Have you gotten your copy of Land yet? Who doesn’t need a little bit of heart this summer?

Thank you to Golden Dragonfly Press for this amazing image!

Available here:

Amazon Paperback:
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xo

Tammy

From My Heart to Yours

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It’s been quite a journey – emotional, topsy turvy, wonderful – releasing my little book of poems into the world! I wrote these poems over the period of about a year, coinciding with the time my husband and I decided to begin our slow migration from Japan back to my home country of Canada. The poems, in a way, became my diary, or journal, a safe space for me to process the experience of such a huge transition, and as such, they are so much a part of who I am and have become over the process of traveling these past few years.

At the same time, they really point to where I look for my healing and balm in the world – which is to say, the beautiful, perfect natural world around us. I think everyone will be able to find a little bit of themselves in this collection, which celebrates nature while finding a way toward honouring the self as part of this magically wondrous life.

I was incredibly shocked and touched to find that LAND reached #3 in Amazon in two categories: Nature Poems, and Women Author Poems. I’m thrilled for any chance to share my experience of the world through words, and thank you for all your support of my work through this blog over the years!

Please find the book here, and I’d love to hear from you!

Tammy xo

 

My New Book is Here Today!!

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Hello dear friends of my blog,

I wanted to let you know, as many of you have asked or already know about my new book, that it has just now been published!

You can find it here!

It is a new book of poems called LAND, and it has a few themes, all threaded around the idea of “What is home?” – home in the world, in our bodies, and deep in our very selves.

I wrote this book over the period of about two years, just about when my husband Takeshi and I started the process of applying for his permanent residency to Canada (recently successful!) after a few years of living in Japan. I now faced the idea of our eventual return to Canada, for me after an almost nine-year absence. Needless to say, many, many emotions have been swirling around inside of me about where and what home really means, how much has changed, in the world and in myself since I left all those years ago, and what the future holds.

As a writer, it is through words, and especially poetry of late, that I find my canvas, but also my therapist’s chair, and I know that there is a lot in these poems that will touch a chord with anyone who has experienced transition in life.

I’m so grateful to you all for your support over the years, both of my writing, and of me as I journeyed East and started this blog as my modest attempt to contribute to a sense of peace of this world. Your presence in my life means so much to me, and has kept me strong and joy-filled over the years!

One of the things I love about writing is that I can do it from absolutely anywhere, and that words have the power to transport anyone, anywhere, and anytime. I would be so honoured if you would consider buying a book, both to enjoy the poems in the comfort of your space, and to help this independent artist! It would mean the world to me to know that you stand behind the work (often unpaid) that I do, and I know I speak for many other independent artists when I say that every drop of support matters a great deal!

I did want to point out that there are other, equally wonderful and valuable ways of supporting me (and other artists like me) – you can buy the book for someone you care about as a gift; you can share this message, or my Facebook post about this book, either via email or any social media platform (I don’t have a smartphone, so I can’t be on Instagram, which makes me wonder sometimes if I even exist! J) You can write a review on Amazon or Goodreads (reviews help writers get more visibility – and more sales – on these platforms, where it is so easy to get lost in the sea of offerings); and you can let me know if you think you know of anyone I can reach out to who might be interested in the book. Most of all, I would love a hello and e-hug as I go through the very vulnerable process of sharing my work with the world!

Thank you so much for reading/listening/feeling this email. I hope you are all doing well, and I send much love.

 

Trailer for my New Poetry Book!

I’m so excited to share with you the beautiful trailer for my new book, which is coming out on June 6! Thank you to Golden Dragonfly Press!

For all you poetry lovers, and anyone who would like to open a book so we can share a space of love, longing, hope, uncertainty, love of nature and a wish for peace … I welcome you with open arms!

Click HERE to view the video!

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You and I

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Imagine, for a small moment,
that it is not you here, them there,
that every time you meet the world
and find its lovely mosaic of beings,
you are coming upon yourself
in a new way, for the first time,
 
Imagine how haunted they are
by a past etched on their faces
and imagine caressing them,
saying, “It’s okay, I’m here
to tell you it’s not your fault,
you are worthy of forgiveness.”
 
Imagine saying, “I love you,”
to all those you come across,
and imagine how much you mean it
from the bottom of your heart,
and now, imagine: every single
one of these beings, is you.
 
– tammy takahashi