Cape Included

I am coveting
her red and purple cape
the fun parade of stars
and stripes
it has stripes!
and a matching hat!
with golden wings!
for flying
(or angelic inspiration?)
I want to be like her
“super awesome”
able to leap tall buildings
conquer the fear
the doubt
the worry

the general day-to-day

we should all come with capes!

Poem ©2017, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month, 6. Image of Flying Super Hero Costume used with permission from Lane Huerta of lovelane designs. For more super awesome designs, visit her Etsy shop HERE.

The Great Puzzle

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?” ― Gabrielle Roth

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

7 Years: With Heartfelt Gratitude

Today, I am celebrating my 2,555th day as a non-smoker! Here, seven years later, it may feel effortless, but I will tell you that quitting smoking was the hardest and bravest effort of my life.

It was something I could only do by myself. And yet something that required the full support of everyone I knew. I remain forever grateful to each and every one of them.

They…you…saved my life.

With love,