I Want for my Words …

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I want to write

With absolute clarity.

I want each word

To be a raven

Cutting a stark

And perfect cosmology

In a cloudless sky

As it comes and goes

For reasons it always knows,

Not a movement to waste.

I want the words

To do the impossible

And show you

Directly and infinitely,

Who I am

Who is writing them,

Along with every version

Of me I’ve come to know

In the strange and intimate

Act of remembering.

Finally, I would like

For the words

To have the fortitude

Of a vessel that

Can bear the weight

Of the thousand

Ways we need to travel

In order to heal

The world, so that we,

With our words

And without them, too,

Can once again play

In a sacred lightness of being.

 

– Tammy Takahashi

Book Excerpt

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Hello!

Now that my new book, LAND, has just come out, I wanted to share with you one of the poems from it, that I had published on Women’s Spiritual Poetry. I also write a little bit about what inspired the book, and I hope you enjoy!

The article is here!

 

 

 

Do Not Be Afraid

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Breathe in peace.
Breathe out peace.
 
I do not know where
the breath comes from,
nor where it goes.
 
I do not know
how the words arise,
nor where they land.
 
A lifetime spent learning
is no preparation
for the journey of knowing.
 
Sometimes I fall
under the weight of words,
the vehicle of my lessons,
 
Their ability to
sear right through me
as though they had weight.
 
What am I afraid of?
That beyond the words,
A gate is ready to fly open?
 
That back through
the layers of spacetime
lies an origin of purity?
 
Why are we so afraid
of what is pure and benevolent,
and always open to us?
 
Breathe peace in and out.
Rest in stillness
so as to watch fear go. – TS

Above and Below

I only have five words today, but they are important ones! There is always what we see, have and experience right before us, and there is the great, wide, vast universe out there to cushion us, to permeate through our experiences and inject life and energy into them. We can only start where we are, but we can also strive to see, experience, understand more … with JOY!

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Our Land, Our Home

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the land we bow
before in reverence
 
covered up as it is,
now, by things human-
 
made, our efforts, our
sweat over centuries,
 
to better our chances,
to strive for golden
 
opportunity, but what
is it we have been
 
piling up, layer by
layer, on top of the
 
warmest, purest gold
we could know? the
 
land beneath, ever-
churning, moving,
 
breathing from deep
within, where the
 
wells of wisdom are.
may our human
 
endeavors be always
in service of the land,
 
our true home, she of
fire, earth, water, air. – TS