The Queen of My Self

By Janine Canan

Maybe you think you are determined
by your genes, or your karma.

Or you think
that childhood experiences
are more important.

Maybe you believe
it’s really a matter
of the food you eat.
Or subtle things
like magnetic waves
from phones
and ghosts and planets.

Or you sense how
others’ thoughts, words
and actions affect you, even your own!

Maybe you are convinced it’s all in the effort you make.
Or—all in God’s hands.

Well, She has sent a poet to say: It is all of the above—
and below—and beyond.

Causes © Janine Canan

Donna Henes is the author of The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. She offers counseling and upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity. Consult the MIDLIFE MIDWIFE™

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