The Queen of My Self

by J. Ruth Gendler

may you see the shadows of sky in the ocean
may your heart be gentle and steady
may you eat organic blueberries and apricots from a beautiful bowl
may you travel to the countries (landscapes) that sing to your soul
may children laugh at your jokes
may you be free to dance your grief and your joy
may the taste of honey be on your tongue
may your skin embrace the air
may your air embrace your skin
may you sleep with the beloved
may you swim in clear mountain lakes
may your eyes shine by the fire
may your language make a path to your dream
may your bones speak to your soul

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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