Thank you Visual Verse for first publishing this poem on your fine online magazine. The Jump was written alongside a cliff in the Mesa section of Santa Barbara. While the video and reading took place near surfers point in Ventura, CA.
Perhaps the scariest waves reside in Northern California, outside of a little town called Half Moon Bay. The Maverick waves can crest as high as 60 feet and extremely treacherous. For more on this topic, read my LetterPile article, Surf Poem: The Maleficent Curl. Photo by Todd Turner @unsplash.
This poem was written to express my gratitude at being able to experience the ocean from the seat of a bicycle. “Riding Like a God” was originally published at the wonderful site, Scrittura. The video was taken along the Ventura coastline.
The Art of Helping (And opening up to its joy) was originally published in the Age of Empathy. The poem is based on my two years of helping a disabled woman with her daily life chores. It was a difficult and low-paying job but highly rewarding. She was one of my more memorable teachers as I was making my transition from therapist to writer.
Much appreciated to the fine site KnowThyself, Heal Thyself for publishing this poem.
This poem first published on Illumination, a medium.com site. The video was shot at the Ventura Marina in Ventura, California, sometime in the morning.
This poem was originally published in International Human Rights Arts Festival. Speaking up for human rights, being treating as an equal, free of abuse and discrimination, is more vital than it ever was.
This poem was originally published in Age of Empathy. It was triggered by the prompt “burnout.” Camera work by Alice Tulin on the beach of Ventura, California.