Monday, December 24, 2012

Best Wishes for the Best and Happiest New Year!


Camellia blossom, Descanso Gardens, December 2012

The Year 2013 will be very unusual. It is going to be the Year of the Snake, apparently filled with good luck, material blessings, but also with deception and interpersonal problems.  What it willl be depends on us, and we can make it a beautiful, blessed year, if we property focus our attention on things that matter.

Haiga "The Gift" (c) 2012 by Maja Trochimczyk

In response to an invitation by Susan Rogers, I created a little reminder of this focus on what really mattters as a bas-relief collage haiga, that is a paper and fabric image with a haiku-like comment.  The invitation was to create a poem or an art-work on the theme of the Snake or Target on a rectangular board.  The results in the form of calligraphy, artwork, photos will be displayed at the Japanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  

My choice to make a surreal flower with petals from a white poinsetta, daisy, and a photo of matilla poppy, with a double eye in the middle reflected the choice of the theme - the Target.  I called my little art-piece for the New Year 2013- "The Gift" - and I think a lot of people, especially Christians and those following mystical traditions know the answer to this riddle.

If not, reading the anthology Meditations on Divine Names is highly recommended.

Ever calling - Never heard

Ever seeking - Never seen

Revealed

Detail from "The Gift" (c) 2012 by Maja Trochimczyk

Happy New Year 2013!

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Gift to Share - Poetry Anthologies for Christmas

The time of giving, the time of sharing... Moonrise Press published two anthologies that are ideal gifts to be enjoyed under the Christmas tree, by the fireplace after skiing, or sitting on a patio watching the mist over mountains in Hawaii... What's so enjoyable about anthologies? The juxtaposition of different poetic voices, sharing common themes, but approaching them in completely different ways.


Cover of Meditations on Divine Names - Anthology of Poetry by Maja Trochimczyk, 2012
Meditations on Divine Names is an anthology of contemporary poetry on religious themes, featuring 140 poems by 64 poets, associated with diverse spiritual traditions. Their poems represent various branches of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Kabbalah, Wicca, Sukyo Mahikari, and ancient Greek, Egyptian, Hawaiian, and Slavic religions. The book, edited by Maja Trochimczyk, is divided into ten paired sections: Naming, Names, Earth, Water, Air, Fire, He, She, Being, and Loving. ISBN 978-0-9819693-8-1 - $21 (lulu.com)

The following poets are represented: MJ Adams, Nicholas Alexander, Catherine Auman, Jon B., Marcielle Brandler, Sharon Chmielarz, Joe Decenzo, Carol Dorf, Kate Hallett Dayton, Carl Estrin, Amy Falvey, Elsa S. Frausto, Bill Gillard, Michael Graber, John Guzlowski, Peter J. Harris, Carl Hitchens, Marlene Hitt, G. Bennett Humphrey, Oriana Ivy, Mitch James, Roy Jacobstein, Lois P. Jones, James Levin, Terranda King, Alexis Krasilovsky, Leonard Kress, Sharmagne Leland-St.John, Rick Lupert, Radomir Voytech Luza, Czeslaw Milosz, Rajiv Mohabir, Geoshino Ollscia, Shirley Dunn Perry, Nils Peterson, Lenora Popa, Kate Robinson, Susan Rogers, Mary Kay Rummel, Nicholas Samaras, Peter Shefler, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Dorothy Skiles, Lee M. Sloca, J.D. Smith, Barry Spacks, Odarka Polanskyj Stockert, Charles A. Swanson, Taoli-Ambika Talwar, Judith Terzi, Maja Trochimczyk, Ann Tweedy, Davi Walders, Martin Willitts Jr., and Kathabela Wilson.

Cover of Chopin with Cherries - Anthology of Poetry by Maja Trochimczyk, 2010
Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse is an anthology of poetry edited by Maja Trochimczyk to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of a Polish pianist-composer, Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) with a selection of 123 poems by 92 poets. The hightlights include the first English translation of Norwid's Fortepian Szopena by Leonard Kress. Published in February 2010 and illustrated with vintage Chopin postcards and art.  ISBN 978-0-9819693-0-5. Available in Paperback Edition ($23.00) or PDF Download ($10.00).

"Maja Trochimczyk's Chopin with Cherries... is a masterful celebration of this composer and the complex range of emotions, impressions, memories, and dreams his music evokes... Finally, let me say that I cannot remember reading an anthology of poems centered around a single-theme that I liked more. The poems Maja Trochimczyk has gathered together to commemorate Chopin's 200th birthday are inspiring and exhilarating, as I have already noted, and - I don't know how else to say this - fun to read." John Z. Guzlowski in The Cosmopolitan Review 2 no. 1 (Spring 2010).

The poets in Chopin with Cherries include: Millicent Borges Accardi, Austin Alexis, Lucy Anderton, Sheila Black, George Bodmer, Lia Brooks, Kerri Buckley, Allison Campbell, Peggy Castro, Sharon Chmielarz, Victor Contoski, Clark Crouch, Beata Pozniak Daniels, Jessica Day, Diane Shipley DeCillis, Lori Desrosiers, Charlie Durrant, T. S. Eliot, David Ellis, Donna L. Emerson, Charles Ades Fishman, Jennifer S. Flescher, Gretchen Fletcher, Linda Nemec Foster, Emily Fragos, Jarek Gajewski, Helen Graziano, John Z. Guzlowski, Lola Haskins, Shayla Hawkins, Elizabyth A. Hiscox, Marlene Hitt, Roxanne Hoffman, Laura L. Mays Hoopes, Ben Humphrey, Carol J. Jennings, Charlotte Jones, Lois P. Jones, Georgia Jones-Davis, Christine Klocek-Lim, Jean L. Kreiling, Leonard Kress, Emma Lazarus, Marie Lecrivain, Jeffrey Levine, Amy Lowell, R. Romea Luminarias, Rick Lupert, Radomir V. Luza, Mira N. Mataric, Ryan McLellan, Anna Maria Mickiewicz, Elisabeth Murawski, Ruth Nolan, Cyprian Kamil Norwid, Rosemary O'Hara, Dean Pasch, Nils Peterson, Richard Pflum, William Pillin, Kenneth Pobo, Carrie A. Purcell, Marilyn N. Robertson, Susan Rogers, Alison Ross, Mary Rudge, Russell Salamon, Gabriel Shanks, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Joseph Somoza, Lusia Slomkowska, Kathi Stafford, Maxine R. Syjuco, Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Margaret C. Szumowski, Katrin Talbot, Taoli-Ambika Talwar, Thom Tammaro, Mark Tardi, Cheryl M. Thatt, Tammy L. Tillotson, Maja Trochimczyk, Helen Vandepeer, Devi Walders, Erika Wilk, Martin Willitts, Jr., Kath Abela Wilson, Leonore Wilson, Meg Withers, Anne Harding Woodworth, and Marianne Worthington.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Memento Vitae - An International Translation Project

Water droplet on a leaf, (c) 2012 by Maja Trochimczyk













Memento Vitae


Let’s talk about dying,
The gasp of last breath.
The end - or maybe not,
We don’t know.

Let’s talk about the last day.
What would you do
If you knew?
Whom would you love?
Would you find your dearest,
Most mysterious love?
Or would you just stay
In the circle of your own?
Would you rob, steal
Or insult anyone?
Would you cry?
Burn your papers?
If the fabric of your future
Shrank to one day,
Or maybe an hour?

Let’s talk about living, then.
The next breath,
That will take you
To the next minute,
The next heartbeat.

Just about – now. 

(c) 2008 by Maja Trochimczyk

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Water droplet on a leaf, (c) 2012 by Maja Trochimczyk

My most recent project is publishing the same poem about living in the present in the greatest number of languages possible. Memento Vitae so far appeared in several publications in the original English. 



  • "Memento Vitae" and "A Lesson for my Daughter" in the poetry column "Poetry Corner: Back to School Everyone" in The Voice of the Village monthly, vol. 3, no. 9, September 2012. 
  • "Memento Vitae" posted in the Poetry Laurels blog, August, 14, 2012.
  • "Memento Vitae" published in the journal Clockwise Cat, October 6, 2009.

However, when it was translated into Serbian by Dr. Mirjana Mataric and published in two venues in Serbia, I decided to spread the good news, and turn the poem into a project of remembrance and focus. The only happy people are those who live well, in the present, without regrets and without a turmoil of desires. My poem is a lesson in that. In Serbian it appeared in a literary journal Svenske and in a daily newspaper Vecernje Novosti in Belgrade, in July 2012.  


  • "Memento Vitae" in Serbian translation by Dr. Mirjana N. Radovanov-Mataric, in Vecernje novosti (daily newspaper in Belgrade), 21 July 2012

  • "Tulip Dust" in Serbian translation as "Prah lala," and four other poems ("Sierra," "Ganesha," "Memento Vitae" and "What I love in Poland") translated by Mirjana N. Mataric. SVESKE, God. 22, Knj. 104, June 2012. p. 29.

Only after the Serbian translation has proven to be such a big hit, I translated it into Polish, while Elizabeth Zapolska-Chappelle made a French version (reproduced below with the English), and Elsa Frausto, an Argentinian Californian of Slavic descent, has started to work on a Spanish version. 

Having a poem, any poem, picked for publication by a major national daily paper is a reason for celebration. And I'd like to celebrate it by spreading the news about this poem and its impact, as a reflection on the meaning of life and the universe and everything... Other translators are welcome. 

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POLISH TRANSLATION


Memento Vitae  

 
Mówmy o śmierci.
Twój ostatni oddech
To koniec – a może nie?
Nie wiesz nic.

Mówmy o ostatnim 
Dniu. Co byś zrobił
Gdybyś wiedział?
Kogo byś kochał?
Czy szukałbyś swej najmilszej,
Najgłębszej miłości?
A może byś został wśród bliskich
Których dobrze znasz?
Czy okradłbyś kogoś,
Obrabował, obraził?
Czy zacząłbyś rozpaczać?
Wrzucił listy w ogień?
Gdyby kanwa twej przyszłości
Znikła? I zostałby ci tylko 
Dzień? Lub godzina?

Mówmy więc o życiu.
Każdy oddech niesie cię 
W taniec minut, sekund. 
rytm serca.

Właśnie tak.    


(c) 2008 by Maja Trochimczyk, translation (c) 2012 by Maja Trochimczyk

Fingerprint of a leaf, (c) 2012 by Maja Trochimczyk

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FRENCH TRANSLATION

Memento Vitae

Et si l’on chantait la mort ?
Le bruit du dernier soupir ?
Est-il vraiment le dernier ?
Qui peut en être assuré…

Et si l’on chantait l’ultime jour ?
Comment serais-tu devenu
A l’annonce de son arrivée ?
Vers quel amour serais-tu allé ?
Vers le plus beau et l’inconnu,
Le plus mystérieux des amours ?
Ou vers celui qui t’accompagne
Depuis une éternité ?
Aurais-tu envie alors
De blesser, de voler quelqu’un ?
T’effondrerais-tu en larmes
Ou brûlerais-tu tes papiers ?
Si l’étoffe de ta vie entière
Se rétrécissait à un jour
Ou à une seule petite heure ?

Et si l’on chantait donc la vie ?
Avec le prochain soupir,
Qui te rapprochera 
De la minute qui vient ?
D’un cœur qui bat à nouveau?

Maintenant. Juste – maintenant.

Translated by Elisabeth Zapolska-Chapelle, September 2012. 

Published on Chopinwithcherries.blogspot.com, August 2012.


Water droplet on a leaf, (c) 2012 by Maja Trochimczyk

Monday, July 23, 2012

Meditations at Bolton Hall in Tujunga, 7/22/2012

Meditations on Divine Names Reading - Marlene Hitt, Joe DeCenzo, Dorothy Skiles, and Maja Trochimczyk, editorOn July 22, 2012, at Bolton Hall Museum, the first reading from "Meditations on Divine Names" featured poets Joe DeCenzo, Marlene Hitt, Dorothy Skiles and Maja Trochimczyk, the anthology's editor.

The readers of poems also included Angela Lee and Mira Mataric. Poets presented their own work as well as selected poems by others: Czeslaw Milosz, Sharon Chmielarz,  Marian Kaplun Shapiro, John Z. Guzlowski, Just Kibbe, Rick Lupert, Susan Rogers, Leonard Kress, Odarka Polanskyj Sprocket, Sonya Sabanac, and Barry Spacks.

Bolton Hall Museum reading from Meditations on Divine Names - Decorations

A photo album from this even is available on Picasa Web Album: Meditations at Bolton Hall.
 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Meditations on Divine Names - A Multi-Faith Anthology

Cover of Meditations on Divine Names edited by Maja Trochimczyk, 2012The anthology of poetry on religious and spiritual themes, Meditations on Divine Names, has been published as a print book and an e-book. The 140 poems by 64 poets are organized into the following sections: Naming, Names, Earth, Water, Air, Fire, He, She, Being, Loving.

This framework avoids the conventional divisions into Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, or Light and Darkness, or Yahweh, Allah, and Christ, or Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Similarly, there is no separation of poems into different religious denominations and spiritual traditions. Different themes are intertwined in each poem and their order follows thematic threads within each section - bread, sunlight, birth, mothering...

The mystery can be approached from many directions. The heart of the visible matter is invisible. Science makes inroads into understanding how matter works, but the more you read about science - especially at the outer ends of the spectrum, quantum physics and cosmology - the more it sounds like religion. This last word, oft maligned and distorted into fanaticism and pride-based hatred, actually focuses on connections between people, between humans and the divine. The word "religion" stems from a Latin root variously translated as "respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods," or "obligation, the bond between man and the gods"). St. Augustine connected this word to "re-reconnecting" ("re-ligare") and contemporary theologians emphasize the connectivity inherent in religion.

Connectivity to what? Typically, religions connect people into groups sharing the same beliefs, their dogmas become immutable and a source of hatred. Remember the wars between the Protestant and Catholics in Ireland? During Reformation when the whole European continent was in flux? But religions, at their core, also connect people with the Ultimate Source of Life, the Higher Being, the Absolute, the One and here, despite the divisiveness of language, similarities begin to emerge. The "divine" of the anthology's title is a word introduced into English in the 14th century and it stems from the Latin "divus" or "god." "Divine" pertains to, or relates directly to "deity" - and the Romans had many different gods, who ruled over various spheres of existence.

The poets belong to different religions or religious denominations. They see the manifestations of the divine in many aspects of life - personal prayer, religious ceremonies, singing of psalms, family relationships, nature, sun, sky, bread making, loving, and love making. They admire the colors of the sky and the liquid nourishment of water. The clarity of mountain air and the gentleness of human touch. From the four letters of YHWH to Lada or Pele, the anthology catalogs some unusual divine names. Poets reflect on the act of naming, the facts of knowing and unknowing of our God(s). They give testimony to their hopes and beliefs, and share what they find beautiful and inspirational, or, sometimes, disturbing. There is darkness around and death, but the poets look for ways to ascend above, to illumination.

The following poets are represented: MJ Adams, Nicholas Alexander, Catherine Auman, Jon B. , Marcielle Brandler, Sharon Chmielarz, Joe Decenzo, Carol Dorf, Kate Hallett Dayton, Carl Estrin, Amy Falvey, Elsa S. Frausto, Bill Gillard, Michael Graber, John Guzlowski, Peter J. Harris, Carl Hitchens, Marlene Hitt, G. Bennett Humphrey, Oriana Ivy, Mitch James, Roy Jacobstein, Lois P. Jones, James Levin, Terranda King, Alexis Krasilovsky, Leonard Kress, Sharmagne Leland-St. John, Rick Lupert, Radomir Wojtech Luza, Czesław Miłosz, Rajiv Mohabir, Geoshino Ollscia, Shirley Dunn Perry, Nils Peterson, Lenora Popa, Kate Robinson, Susan Rogers, Mary Kay Rummel, Nicholas Samaras, Peter Shefler, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Dorothy Skiles, Lee M. Sloca, J.D. Smith, Barry Spacks, Odarka Polanskyj Stockert, Charles A. Swanson, Taoli-Ambika Talwar, Judith Terzi, Maja Trochimczyk, Ann Tweedy, Davi Walders, Martin Willitts Jr., and Kathabela Wilson.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


o        NAMING                                                                                              (3)

o        James Levin – Searching for the Nameless Name                           (4)
o        Nicolas Samaras – The Unpronouncable Psalm                            (6)
o        Jon B. – Delineation                                                                              (7)
o        Marlene Hitt – If I Know Your Name                                               (8)
o        G. Bennett Humphrey – Labeling the Ultimate
Mystery of Being                                                                   (9)
o        Nicholas Alexander – The Name of God                                      (10)
o        Amy Falvey – The Color Blue                                                          (11)
o        Shirley Dunn Perry – Reciting the Names of God                       (12)
o        Maja TrochimczykDead Sea Alive                                            (13)
o        Leonard Kress – Epistemology 101                                               (14)
o        Nicolas Samaras – Naming                                                            (15)
o        Czesław Miłosz – Sanctificetur                                                      (16)

o        NAMES                                                                                               (17)

o        Ann Tweedy – First Letter to G/g                                                    (18)
o        Ken Goodman – Thou                                                                      (19)
o        John Z. Guzlowski – gods                                                               (20)
I.         My God is God                                                                       (20)
II.       Your God is the Devil                                                           (21)
o        Rajiv Mohabir – radha-krishna                                                       (22)
o        Susan Rogers – What Trees Say                                                     (23)
o        Nils Peterson – Philosophy of Life, 201                                        (25)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – Omniscient                                                   (26)
o        Sharon Chmielarz – Yahwe’s First Portrait                                 (27)
o        Marian Kaplun Shapiro – YHWH                                                (28)
o        Sharon Chmielarz – Yahweh the School Teacher                         (29)
o        Lois P. Jones – Shema                                                                        (30)
o        Oriana Ivy – The Twenty-Second Name of God                            (31)
o        Oriana Ivy – The Forty-First Name of God                                    (33)
o        J.D. Smith – The Hundredth Name of God                                     (35)
o        Taoli-Ambika Talwar – Syllabic Bloodlines                                (36)

o        EARTH                                                                                                (39)

o        Terranda King – Ahh                                                                        (40)
o        JB Mulligan – Hymn                                                                         (41)
o        Dale Sprowl – Gift of the Sea                                                           (42)
o        MJ Adams – Be Still                                                                          (43)
o        Mitch James – God in the Midwest                                                 (44)
o        Marlene Hitt – Prayer of Thanks                                                    (46)
o        Joe DeCenzo – With Gratitude                                                        (47)
o        Just Kibbe – Forgiveness Is Not Cheap                                           (48)
o        Leonard Kress – Degrees                                                                  (49)
o        Carol Dorf – Bitter Honey                                                                 (50)
o        Rick Lupert – The Eating of the Jews                                              (51)
o        Charles A. Swanson – I Am the Bread                                          (52)
o        Nils Peterson – Resemblances                                                          (53)
o        Geoschino Ollscia – Appendages of Infinity                                (54)
o        Dorothy Skiles – Morning Prayers                                                 (56)
o        Roy Jacobstein – If They Don’t Have Ritalin in Heaven,            (57)
o        Bill Gillard – God the Father                                                            (60)
o        Nils Peterson – Creation                                                                   (61)
o        Kathabela Wilson – In Jacumba Mountains                                  (62)
o        Susan Rogers – A Mother’s Prayer                                                 (63)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – On Seeing Oak Leaves in Sunlight            (65)
o        Taoli-Ambika Talwar – Opening the Doorway
Of the Universe                                                                    (67)

o        WATER                                                                                                (69)

o        Barry Spacks – A Vision                                                                  (70)
o        Sharon Chmielarz – The Seven Days of Post-Partum                (71)
o        Carol Dorf – Rachamim: Cards from a Kabbalah Deck                (72)
o        Susan Lyttek – Hunab Ku                                                                 (73)
o        Carl Estrin – Choral Prelude                                                            (74)
o        Sharmagne Leland-St.John  – Rain                                               (75)
o        Charles E. Swanson – Evolution                                                   (77)
o        Marcielle Brandler – At the Monastery                                         (79)
o        Marlene Hitt – Saint Andrews in the Rain                                    (81)
o        Dale Sprowl – Winter Season                                                          (82)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – Manna                                                           (83)
o        Kate Robinson – A True Human Emerges                                     (84)
o        Mary Kay Rummel – The Poet Goes Fishing                                (85)
o        JB Mulligan – the smile of god                                                         (86)

o        AIR                                                                                                        (87)

o        Elsa Frausto – Soon a Year                                                               (88)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – Playful (Via Negativa)                               (89)
o        Rajiv Mohabir - tempest of vrindavan:
a folksong for krishna                                                          (90)
o        Millicent Borges Accardi – Air Bath                                             (91)
o        Dale Sprowl – Mystic Mists of Roturua                                        (93)
o        Barry Spacks – Inner Weather                                                         (94)
o        Barry Ira Geller – Doorway to the Sky                                           (95)
o        Nicholas Alexander – Avatar                                                        (96)
o        Shirley Dunn Perry – Great Spirit                                                 (97)
o        Jon B. – Silence also Swings                                                              (98)

o        FIRE                                                                                                      (99)

o        Martin Willitts, Jr. – When the Angels Speak the Truth              (100)
o        Kate Hallett Dayton – On Fire                                                        (101)
o        Catherine Auman – Bliss Sadhana                                                (102)
o        Odarka Polanskyj Stockert – Fire Twirler                                   (103)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – Incandescent (Via Positiva)                        (104)
o        Martin Willitts, Jr. – You Set Me into Fire                                     (105)
o        Michael Graber – Burning                                                               (106)
o        Carl Hitchens – Breath of Fire                                                         (107)
o        Peter Shefler – The Ineffable Fire                                                     (108)
o        MJ Adams – Pele’s Reply                                                                 (110)

o        HE                                                                                                          (111)

o        Lenora Popa – Horus                                                                        (112)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – Buddha with Swans                                    (113)
o        Joe DeCenzo – Faith                                                                          (114)
o        Barry Spacks – My Mentor                                                              (115)
o        Judith Terzi – The Man in the Light Green Shirt                          (116)
o        Radomir Voytech Luza – Augustine                                             (118)
o        Dale Sprowl – Dreaming in Gethsemane                                       (120)
o        Thom Tammaro – Wide Awake in Rome                                       (122)
o        Bill Gillard – If You Love Jesus, and if Heaven’s Got
a Barbed Wire Fence                                                            (123)
o        Radomir Voytech Luza – the second john paul                           (124)
o        Oriana Ivy – Tu Es Petrus                                                                (126)
o        Czesław Miłosz – * * *                                                                     (128)

o        SHE                                                                                                      (129)

o        Dorothy Skiles – I Never Saw Anything Like It                           (130)
o        Marlene Hitt – Mary, Mother of God                                             (132)
o        Roy Jacobstein – Mother Theresa and I
Are Upgraded To First Class                                             (133)
o        Lee M. Sloca – 4 Musings for A-Muse(ment)                                (134)
o        Kate Robinson – Deva                                                                      (136)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – The Hands of Mercy                                    (137)
o        Oriana Ivy – Persephone’s Kitchen                                                 (138)
o        Odarka Polanskyj Stockert – Mami Wata                                    (139)
o        Davi Walders – The Shekinah                                                         (140)
o        Alexis Krasilovsky – Shekinah                                                       (142)
o        Lenora Popa – Goddess Light                                                          (143)
o        Shirley Dunn Perry – Goddess                                                        (144)
o        Sharon Chmielarz – And She Said, Let There Be Light              (145)

o        BEING                                                                                                 (147)

o        Martin Willitts, Jr. – Angel of Mercy                                             (148)
o        Roy Jacobstein – Heaven                                                                  (149)
o        Oriana Ivy – Lilacs for Persephone                                                  (150)
o        Susan Rogers – What Does the Sky Know?                                  (151)
o        MJ Adams – Solstice                                                                          (152)
o        Charles A. Swanson – The Dip of the Darting Swallow            (153)
o        Peter J. Harris – Dap                                                                         (154)
o        Dale Sprowl – Someone to Watch over Me                                    (155)
o        Martin Willitts, Jr. – In the Beginning we Tumble
into Light                                                                              (156)
o        Oriana Ivy – Let There Be Light                                                       (157)
o        Susan Rogers – A Seated Buddha                                                   (159)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – Convergence                                                 (160)
o        Elsa Frausto – Sometimes…                                                             (162)
o        Nicholas Alexander – To Be a God                                               (163)
o        Barry Ira Geller – Invocation of the Name                                     (164)
o        Taoli-Ambika Talwar – Open Palms                                            (165)
o        Lois P. Jones – To Sail                                                                       (168)
o        Nils Peterson – Words and Things                                                 (169)
o        Rick Lupert – Conversation with God                                            (170)

o        LOVING                                                                                             (171)

o        Les Silverman – Love a Rock                                                           (172)
o        Mary Kay Rummel – Love                                                               (173)
o        Taoli-Ambika Talwar – A Prayer for All Time                           (175)
o        Thom Tammaro – The Lover Within                                             (177)
o        Les Silverman – To Proclaim Beauty Almost                                (178)
o        Odarka Polanskyj Stockert – I, Lada                                             (179)
o        Michael Graber – This is a Test                                                      (180)
o        Charles A. Swanson – “See how he loved him!”                         (181)
o        Rajiv Mohabir – Unknown in Your Own House                          (182)
o        Michael Graber – Breaking Bread                                                  (183)
o        Susan Rogers – The Light that Finds                                             (184)
o        Maja Trochimczyk – The Great God Experiment                        (185)