This is a Plea of Pure Solidarity

A poetic voice during the coronavirus

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Frequently when a poem is about to be birthed, I start to feel the threads and the room spins a bit. My eyes catch something innocuous which becomes the doorway to a poetic stream.

The cadence is set within the first few stanzas and I follow her voice. I’m often surprised at where the poem will go and sometimes, I’m afraid too.

Poetry is raw, real, and relevant. Respect is needed.

This verse came through while making an espresso. The room had that tilted feel and I was pulled inward as well as outward.

It’s a feeling of being caught in the crosshairs of real and unreal.

A dream space which creates the tree rings inside of poetry.

This connectivity crisscrosses through each of us giving a universal feel, an awareness, a familiarity of unity.

Poetry is the language of the soul.

Here’s what she needed to say — as the sun had crossed over with her breath and touched my shores.

Quietness slows me down
with each sip of her

It’s as if the grasses
are now permitted
to speak

Sunlight curls ‘round
this corner of the

And there’s music
rising on each
green blade

Harmony hums holy
as my eyes beg
to close more

So, I can finally
hear the warmth
on my cheeks

Simple and slow
breathe the colors
of auburn

Grateful for this
pause inside a
waking storm

I reach into
an echo of a
deep cry

It’s as if
the oceans knew
the depths

Before we could
ever see the
capacity of life

Birthed by starlight
touched by
ancestral fate

Let’s gather in
our respectful solitudes
and together let’s wait

This is a
universal plea
of pure solidarity.

Carolyn Riker, MA, LMHC, is a psychotherapist and author of three books. Her latest is My Dear, Love Hasn’t Forgotten You. If you’d like, follow her on Facebook at Carolyn Riker, MA, LMHC or Instagram.

Dreamer. Poet. HSP. Empath. Licensed MH Therapist. 3 books published. 3X Top Writer. Love espressos & my chunky cat.

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