On Writing

Poem 120 – Hang Over & GRAND THANKS!

Hang over

it all hangs over
the gratefulness
a fresh layer of skin
the elation electric 
hair-raising constant hum

marrow made of joy
stem cells carrying
love like oxygen
this is a different
dose of alive

sugar headache
temples pulsing 
with the pleasure
of purpose

ribs like bone clotheslines
with pinned up mouths
smiling & ripe
cheeks landing pads
for tear storms
touching down
interior quakes
perfectly shifting
my core

complete heaviness
a community quilt
flung over my soul
a deliberate holding
received & reciprocated

drunk on poetry
the burn of grief
cooled & swirling
in the dance of 
delivering destiny

sore & sure
may these corporeal
clutches never cease


Ohhhhhhh! I. Am. Elated! I. Am. Exhausted! I. Am. Grateful! Dear friends and family, THANK YOU from my deepest deeps for your love and support at last night’s virtual book launch…and beyond! Thank you for your support leading up to the big event, and for the constant sending of love and light. I am floating on everyone’s pure love!

We were mushy with grief at times. We were giddy with excitement. We were holding each other with the arms of WIFI! I could feel you all! And the sweet messages continue to flow in…

So today…I cut myself open deeper and let your words tumble in. I will read, reflect, respond and hold all the feels like a love-made organ!

Thank you. So very, very much. THANK YOU!


I’m glad that we were able to view the performance video together via youtube premiere! For those of you who’d like to view it again or share it…or watch it for the first time…it is now available on youtube anytime! Infinite thanks to Amanda, our trumpet goddess, and to Deborah, our seamstress goddess, and to Jett, Nick and Miller for making the film so spectacular!


A gallery of love…


Miller, Nick, Vanessa & Jett
Meeps, Babe, Me, Goose

This family. My loves! I cannot be me without them. They keep my loving heart bursting! Thank you, family. I love you!

3 thoughts on “Poem 120 – Hang Over & GRAND THANKS!

  1. Fantastic reading and launch! Everyone involved did a brilliant job taking poetry to new levels. Thanks again for sharing so much love with the community.


  2. ♥♥♥

    On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 11:04 AM VANESSA SHIELDS, writer wrote:

    > Vanessa Shields posted: ” Hang over tt all hangs overthe gratefulnessa > fresh layer of skinthe elation electric hair-raising constant hum marrow > made of joystem cells carryinglove like oxygenthis is a differentdose of > alive sugar headachetemples pulsing with the” >


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