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The return of the divine embodied as female on diverse spiritual paths is celebrated in this Third Combined Edition of She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, which in..  
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I wrote this poem from a very deep place in my heart. My father, step son and best childhood friend were all dying from cancer, at the same time. I escaped into poetry to deal with my emotioms...the result is the poem,


Roots -- more complex than that tangled part of an underground plant;
A place to draw from, an essential part of growth;
My beginnings that shaped and nurtured the future me.
When my world feels shaky, as if my roots are being torn away,
And loved ones begin to depart,
I have only to reflect on these golden memories that we call yesterday:
   The smoothness of a baby’s skin; a wrinkled smile that lights up the room;
   Words of wisdom suggested with love;
   Sad occasions where prayers are mingled with tears;
   Happy holidays where love and laughter and good food abound;
   Hands joined in prayer connecting with one another and with God.
And then I know that my roots are secure.
For as a root draws water from the soil,
I, too, can draw strength from that innermost part of my private self,
Knowing that my roots are not gone, but are tenderly and lovingly multiplying,
Sending out new growth in the never-ending scheme of life …
Which has perfect order.

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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Aw! Heartfelt piece, Joy...enjoyed...

Reviewed by Ida Streeter
A very inciteful piece that gives encouragement to the reader, and makes one want to read it again and again. Such Talent!

Ida B. Streeter
Reviewed by George Dominguez
Beautifully written Joy. Roots was truly an inspiration from the heart. The WISE OLD OWl says keep writing. George
Reviewed by Edward Hale (Reader)
"Roots" - From the dark anguish of loss to the brilliant dawning of hope, and the comforting sense of order and continuity, this cascade of feelings is wonderfully penned. Faith makes its subtle appearance at the end, as all is set right. An inspiring work, Joy. - The Phantom
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Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
~Roots~ under your feet at all times...such an inspiring piece, Lady Joy....always to a day....Lady Vivian.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
This is so uplifting, thank God for roots and memories.
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