Pictures and Poems: Nora’s Laugh

Laughterthere is this deep laugh you do
when unconcerned with anything but
the absolute delight of the moment
it’s not pink
or sparkly
it doesn’t wear a tiara
or wait for a prince
guttural, from your belly
blue eyes alight
you laugh
like a middle-aged trucker
or a tipsy Irishman finishing his punchline
when you laugh like this
awash in pure essence
fully yourself
not girl
not daughter
just you
I know God exists
and that we are meant to find this world
hilarious.

Nora’s Laugh
-Melissa Kircher

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Pictures and Poems: Lioness

Lionessshe is standing in front of three hundred people

pure energy zinging through her bones

she ducks her head under the wave of a pain swell

only to be met with a wall of water

on the other side

she is trembling, sweating hearing no

and she takes it

she is what roars from the ashes of an agony-charred heart

lightning strikes and her muscles coil—taut

ready to warrior spring

she is learning to pad softly through the thicket

to move in tune with the breath of the air

she is beauty

she is strength

she is a woman finding her voice

only to die to it

she is the village elder who has seen a thousand battles

and finally

finally

understands when to fight and when to tread carefully

like a huntress, and listen

“Lioness” -Melissa Kircher

Pictures and Poems: The Lines of the Landscape

TheLinesoftheLandscapethe lines of the landscape are

soft and rounded

dewdrops dripping gently off crystal encrusted leaves

they are undulating hills of green and

cresting white waves

the lines are harsh, sometimes

jagged rock jutting out of earth

dead sticks snapping crisp underfoot

the lines draw us in

they ask us

is all of this, all of us, all of everything

deep and raw and beautiful?

the lines beckon

inward

to the landscape of beats and blood

could we find brilliance there?

and could the light that changes things

change you?

your friend?

your enemy?

could the beautiful, breathtaking landscape of your heart be

the very thing needed

in this uncertain hour

-Melissa Kircher

 

*Art and writing inspired by the On Being Podcast with the late poet, John O’Donohue