Our Beating Heart

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Passing through,
deep-down reckonings with
our place in a world
made perfect with
our humble imperfections.
The sun, which does not dim
in our darkest days,
the sky, never once lowering
as we dive into our every shadow,
the view, always changing,
the light speckling magic
where we least expect it
before it continues its dance
across the spaces
we inhabit,
between us,
passing through,
moving toward what stills us
past change,
past commotion,
in our truest space:
our beating heart.
 
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Two Minds, One Love

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The side looking left, then right,
Lowered to the ground, skybound,
To the child inside, the world wide,
Here and there, this ever-motion,
For every turn, a revolution awaits,
The answers around every corner.
But what do we seek? What ails us?
What needs persistently plague us?
Can we make our two heads one,
Our two sets of eyes, ears, our two minds?
Will we stop pinning on the world
Every last desire and hope,
All our sadnesses turned to blame?
Or, can we see how we’ve become,
and find some peace with our two selves,
And try to find all the ways
They copulate, love, hate, entwine,
And dive right into the middle of things,
And become the war we want to end,
Until at last, it turns to dust,
Leaving our most bare self exposed,
And tarnish it will, though gold remains?

– tammy takahashi

Win an Advance Copy of My New Book

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Hello everyone!

I am amazed that the release date for my book is coming so soon! I have just relocated from our beloved home in Japan and am just a little discombobulated here in Canada at the moment, but also delirious with excitement that I get to share my poems with you so soon!

In the meantime, my publisher, Golden Dragonfly Press, has arranged for a giveaway for two people to win advance digital copies of my book! We would be so grateful for an Amazon/Goodreads review in return, but my main happiness will come from your enjoyment of my work.

The details for the giveaway are here: good luck!

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For our Mothers …

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for our mothers
who have brought us here,
the mothers whose songs
trail the ocean floor
for miles and centuries
as we ache for the beauty
of genesis, origin, her strength,
for the mothers of our mothers,
the mothers waiting to be mothers,
waiting to be …
and we are all daughters
of this one earth,
and we are all mothers
for plumbing the depths
of knowing where we have been
as we mount the steps
to where we are going,
and the love Great Mother
wraps itself around us
as we go ___
 
– tammy takahashi