To Fly, To Land

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Where do we rest? And land?
Do we soften into our surrounds
The way a few pieces of wood,
Lovingly brought to size
And placed in the new garden
to make a walking path,
Which at first tremble and shake
Under our own hesitant steps,
Soon meld into the ground,
Become stitched to the fabric
Of both Earth and time,
So that we, too, may walk
With the strident ease
Of an eagle soaring in the sky?
Do we land with the determination
Of a moth arriving at the light,
Of a fly buzzing at the table,
Where there is a grain of sugar
To sustain and entertain it?
Do we, like the butterfly,
Flit, and fly, almost as though
Stopping to rest and feed
Is an afterthought in a life
Defined by agility, grace,
And an absence of the burdens
Laid upon us by our gravity?
But to see, to witness
The path of the butterfly
As she dances, floats, sways,
And finally chooses
Her sacred place of landing,
To approach as quietly as possible,
So as not to disturb a moment
So rare it must be filled
With the deepest significance,
To take in the velvet intricacies,
The colours richer than gems,
Is to know: no landing is forever,
And might only be a moment,
But how incredibly sweet it is.
 
– Tammy Takahashi
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A Prayer, A Soft Place to Land

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Our prayers are not for we and they;
We pray because we want to know,
Finally, that the soft and loving places
Where prayers land know no division.
There are places all over the world,
Across the entirety of the map of one heart,
Where we can travel to, wayward at first,
But with increasing sense of purpose,
That will greet us like the loved ones
We now, after ages, know that we are.
They are shrines large and small
Decorating the most modest of habitats,
Honouring the dead and reminding us
That we have never walked alone;
They are the colours, sounds and textures
We can finally recognize for what they are,
Unique as the moon to our stargazing hearts
To our experience of being human,
So that we will never overlook them again.
We close our eyes, join hands together,
We stand where we are, in silent tears,
And know the prayer has brought us here,
The prayer is all around us, ancient, wise,
That it created the conditions of our lives.

– Tammy Takahashi

My Book – Your Holiday Gift!

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Just as I sat down to write this message about my book, I opened up some new proofreading work: an essay about how much money Europeans spend on books per year. I love synchronicity!

What with Thanksgiving passing by, and the winter holidays around the corner, and colder weather seeping in, along with it, the desire to cuddle up and get cozy with a cup of tea or coffee or anything pumpkin or cinnamon spiced … isn’t it a great time to treat yourself to a book to curl up with, and some poems to awaken a few dreams and memories, and spark the imagination? There are so many brilliant wordsmiths out there I’m so grateful to be able to know and read, and I’m more honoured than I can express to be among them. As I hunker down to work on several new projects (poetry, fiction), I sit here with gratitude that my book, LAND, has found its way into the world, and been so warmly received. A holiday gift for you and yours!

PS: the essay I proofread determined that Europeans are spending MORE on books than they have in recent years. YAY! I truly believe that reading is not a hobby, or optional, really. Reading is like breathing. It gives you the world and then makes it bigger. It is life.

 

Get the book HERE!

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:
https://amzn.to/2M28sMD

Amazon Kindle Print Replica ebook:
https://amzn.to/2sO4wGv

Amazon Canada Paperback:
https://amzn.to/2thOViA

Amazon Canada Kindle Print Replica ebook:
https://amzn.to/2t6SpFn

B&N Paperback and Nook ebook:
http://bit.ly/2M4pk4b

Google Books: Ebook
http://bit.ly/2HT2udj

 

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.