The Heart of Courage

by Renee Garcia-Brown  For all who resist    Someone once told me that compassion is greater than courage As if the two were separate Like you can have one without the other As if courage is purely brain-bound while compassion is heart-felt and Courage was a lesser virtue because Good people are motivated by their…

Winter Respite

by Renee Garcia-Brown For all those too stubborn and pissed off to quit.     Softly, I must end this year As bloody, broken as I am picking up butchered slabs of my own flesh Hoping I can fit it all back together Enough to hold it firm to heal So after a light soft…

I, Here

by Renee Garcia-Brown For my cousin Bruce Morgan, 1957-2017     I dreamed I saw the ocean again And remembering the dream now, I’m crying. On my birthday I dreamed I was home, homeland, ocean the birthplace of life Homeland the birthplace of me 3 AM near the sea. In the dream I walked between…

Witch Burning

Like witches, they cast their spells over first one then two, then maybe three or four. Then, before you know it, entire villages are damned by the wickedness of their sorcery.

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