The Cloak Of Leaving


Crows are screeching,
raucous warning
to the raccoon eating birdseed.
Hungry mother stares
as hands grope
for meager nourishment.
Eating, licking, patting the ground,
millet and thistle grisly fare,
desperate measure for the unborn.

Like me I guess,
settling for not enough
as a steady diet.
Last night at the banquet,
I turned away
to the solitary and simple.
No one offered,
nor could I take
the space and recognition
of one who had arrived.

Instead, I found
the cloak of leaving,
turning my back on
desperate need seeded
in a hollow center.

Parking lot empty,
richness of stars draw closer
to comfort and assure me
my place.

Venus on the horizon
calls to pluck her brilliance,
settle her gently into
this hungry space.

Light shines on the pain
we carry deep inside,
melting the hard shell,
not yet the oyster
it longs to be.

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Lisa Marks


Lisa Marks MA LMHC had a dream that inspired a lifelong movement practice. Out of her journey arose Sentient Body Explorations®. Resting on the theoretical foundations of Process Work Psychology, Sentient Body Explorations demonstrate how subtle awareness and movement uncover information drawing us closer to our essential self and our soul’s purpose. Lisa creates safety, laughter and direction for this powerful practice of embodiment. Lisa is a Psychotherapist, Organizational Consultant, Process Work Associate, Sentient Body Coach and Soul Motion™ teacher. She loves exploring embodiment in relationship to the self, others and the planet that holds us. Trees and beaches in the woods and waters of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington are her movement partners. Passionate about her spiritual and movement practices, gardening, hiking, and poetry, she can also be found performing with Yesango Marimba Ensemble.

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