When she still held my hand

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When she still held my hand
My spirit felt lighter,
The world, a little brighter,
When she still held my hand.

Years went by, so fleeting,
with her needing, not needing;
Moods like fashions,
Boys, oh, the parade of boys—
Until one boy
took her hand.

Now I walk alone, yet
warm with memories
of those fall mornings
when she still held my hand.

When she still held my hand
My spirit felt lighter,
The world, a little brighter
When she still held my hand.

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Sail away with me

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Caged

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Amur

Caged

You may stop and stare,

but do not pity me.

I may be caged,

but how are you free?

Chained to your desks

while I play & preen;

You spend half your days

glued to a screen.

I delight in my prey;

I pounce when they sing.

Chained to your devices;

you jump when they ping.

I don’t beg for attention.

Selfie? Hear me roar!

Why update the pride

that I just caught a boar?

I owe no one money,

I have no where to be.

Perhaps you are caged,

And I,

I am free.

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I photographed this Amur Tiger yesterday at Granby Zoo, Quebec. I was amazed how much the photo came out like a painting. It is not. It is my favourite animal photograph I’ve ever taken.

I always find it sad to see a caged animal, but when I read that there are fewer than 400 Amur Tigers left in the wild, I got thinking about how this one might not have survived life in the wild, or perhaps he was bred in captivity and never knew the wild. It got me thinking about North American society today, and how we are living our lives, so much ‘freedom,’ all these ‘toys,’ and yet so little time to actually stop and rest and enjoy living, and that’s how this poem came to be.

For more information about the Amur Tiger and to learn how you can help conservation efforts, please visit  http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/amur-tiger

Even in the rain

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Even in the rain

Your face lights up my whole world

Even when I don’t like you

Even in the dark

When we aren’t talking anymore

Even until death

It’s the Time of the Season….

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..for being inspired by all the beauty around me!

In between writing books, I often turn to photography and reading other authors’ books as a mini-vacation from the work involved in writing a book. I love writing, but I find I’m at my best when I’m rested, and when I’ve taken a break to be inspired by certain aspects of my world. Such as:

 

Friendship!

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A gift of flowers from our nine-year-old, placed in an old Buckley’s jar…

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Entertaining for Friends and Family (Move over, Martha Stewart) :)

The breakfast was cooked by hubby. I just do the decorating :) Wait, not true. The dinner (Salad, appetizer, Indian butter chicken) was cooked by me. But seriously, I write and photograph – I rarely cook. I will cook if I think it will look pretty for my photographs :)

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Alright, one more. Having the girls over for drinks? Confession: That’s not research. That’s just plain FUN!

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What inspires YOU most in the summertime?

To-Do List

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You had a to-do list,

but I threw it away.

 

Never Stop Searching

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November’s Sky

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November's Sky

November’s Sky

Meet me under November’s sky,
Where you and I are free to fly;
Where time and place do not exist;
Meet me here; do not ask why.

No rules, routines, and not one list,
Just you and I; a gentle breeze;
We’ll walk the woods where we first kissed.
No where to be; no one to please.

We’ll reminisce; we’ll laugh with ease,
You’ll say I still have days like these.
So say farewell, love of my life.
But kiss me here, beneath the trees.

Meet me under November’s sky,
Where you and I are free to fly;
Where you and I age like fine wine.
Meet me here. One last time.

Please Help Me Get Three Spaces To #1 in Contemporary Poetry – Kindle!

Today’s Wayne Dyer Calendar inspirational quote: You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered.

I read that, and then I checked Three Spaces on Kindle – it’s #24 in Bestselling Contemporary Poetry this morning! But I don’t think centering myself will get it to #1 – I need your help there.

You did it with LEAP in iBooks and Carry On Dancing on Amazon.ca Kindle – you totally have the power to do this!

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PLEASE grab a copy or GIFT one to your friends TODAY! Reaching #1 may just help me land an agent for my next project, could boost sales, and you know what? It would just feel AMAZING if we accomplished this thing together: Canadian poet hits top ranks on USA Kindle. Thanks so much guys, for helping me believe it’s possible!

PS You don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book. Go to Amazon and download a FREE APP for your computer!

FREE READING APP FOR LAPTOPS/ COMPUTERS: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sa_menu_karl?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

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You guys have been really amazing with your constant support of my poetry books, and my screenplay. Thanks once again for reading and commenting.

xx
Heather

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