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Surface Tension

Surface Tension

(2022 Poetry Month, Day 1)

Out of view,

But so close I can

Feel it.

A thousand-petaled lotus

Unfolds luminescent,

Aquamarine, pearlescent.

It starts from the heart.

It’s in the heart.

It is the heart.

And though I can’t imagine

A future where this all works out,

I can choose to believe in it.


Seven years ago, I learned that April is National Poetry Month. I challenged my friend Phillip Estes to write a poem a day for the month. He challenged me back, saying that we could share them on Facebook. It was the first time I had shared my poetry publicly and I was terrified. I was walking through a major threshold and had no idea.

Over the years, Phillip and I have continued writing and sharing poetry during April. This year, my intuition tells me that I need to have the freedom to write as though no one will ever see it. It feels like there are some tender spots that need tending to, and that I will only truly be able to go as deep as I feel safe.

It seems like I am standing at another threshold. Perhaps we all are, each in our own way and all of us together.

I was talking to Phillip a few days ago and he shared some of what he is working through right now. At one point he said, "I can't imagine a future where this works out, but I can believe in it." I told him that I was going to carry this sentiment with me and I wrote his words on a notecard to keep out on a table. It feels like such a powerful expression of hope in an unfamiliar landscape.

Wishing you the week you need.

With love,


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