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Tina L Porter

What to do with the heartbreak?

Beauty, Depression, Faith, Grace No Comment

I’m back in my couch today. It’s a sunny, but cold day, and I have pulled a blanket over me and one cat has crawled on that. I’m content right now, in a way I wasn’t when the couch seemed to be my 24/7 home. I have a warm cup of coffee, some seasonal candy […]

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Tina L Porter

After the Annihilation, What Abides?

Beauty, Grace, Gratitude No Comment

Yesterday I rambled in body, doing physical things, like sorting the laundry, maybe even washing and drying a load or two, though the folding waits, as usual, like a child at the curb on their birthday for the parent who always says they’ll come but never do. I wandered in and out of rooms, though […]

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Tina L Porter

Dear Hair: I Love You

Beauty, Grace, Love 1 Comment

I know, I know–there are more important things to say today than what I am about to, but this is helping me exist in these awful and awe-filled times–but today I am totally in love with my curly hair. See this pic? That’s my hair after sleeping on it after washing it yesterday and letting […]

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Tina L Porter

What’s Beautiful Here

Beauty, Family, Love No Comment
What’s Beautiful Here

What’s beautiful here is a house whose furniture belongs in a house of old, old things and old, old people. Broken or nearly-so. Fragile fabrics, like thin skin, bruising at every brush of a knuckle or seemingly kind word. What’s beautiful here, where everything seems to be lightly stitched and held by twines and tufts […]

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Tina L Porter

Buoyancy

Beauty, Depression, Faith, Grace No Comment

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m sinking. Not bobbing up and down like I’m treading life, nor even my own weird little breast stroke toward a known shore. Just sinking, a teensy bit here and a teensy bit there. I can feel the tug on my ankles, on my spine, and even, sometimes, at the […]

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Tina L Porter

When I die

Beauty, Poetry 2 Comments

When I die I hope my hands are reaching out touching the face of a beloved, accepting the grace of a loving god, offering peace and love to the world Whether my nails are trimmed, or the skin on my hand resembles shed snakeskin, or if my rings are resting the bedside table It matters […]

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Tina L Porter

94. My Soul

100 days of poetry, Beauty, Poetry No Comment

Partial lyrics of a hymn come to me in the quiet “oh my soul, my soul” I wonder who else is launching that lament into this night’s sky? Syrian orphans? Indigenous Water Protectors? Black mothers? People of faith (or not) made victim of an election cycle designed, it seems, to tear us all from each […]

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Tina L Porter

72. Autumn

100 days of poetry, Beauty, Grace No Comment
72. Autumn

I’m longing, again Longing, and my heart’s not yet sure Is it family I seek? a caramel cupcake? or a quiet place to think? I’m longing again and still for all the things ephemeral Oh, Autumn, it’s you who whispers in my heart be quick you say act now you moan urging me to wallow in what […]

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Tina L Porter

60. Recipe for Remembering

100 days of poetry, Beauty, Love No Comment
60. Recipe for Remembering

Here is a recipe for remembering Sit still and be alone, quietly Or move about and be in a crowd, loudly Or take a shower so the steam cleans out the pores that keep the memory out and the pain in Watch a movie or read a book or take a hike or listen to the […]

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Tina L Porter

59. Keening

100 days of poetry, Beauty, Grace No Comment
59. Keening

Researchers Uncover Epidemic of Loneliness the headline read Talking about geriatric people in England, mostly Another headline told of a great and greedy beast, tearing up the earth with mechanical teeth with no consciousness for the sacred, for the burial sites They connect, somehow. In the depth of my loneliness I hear the sorrow of […]

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