before the workout,
before the jam,
i get warm.
Michelle Bernard: Warm. from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.
Perhaps there’s nothing to worry for
perhaps if i simply state my desire
say thank you,
then stand up and
walk to it,
that’d be sufficient.
i like that.
if i keep my imagination
to my prayer
i wouldn’t have to hope for
i like that.
Michelle Bernard speaks: another one, a poem and much more from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.
I am an artist.
Create your art, and name yourself: artist.
all over your canvases, notebooks, iPads, laptops, journals, microphones, and pottery wheels without restraint or fear that someone might question your validity.
You don’t need permission if you have a pulse.
Because art belongs to our souls, not our egos.
knees stiff from spinning
heels sore from the pace
lips tired of saying my lines
i found another breath in you
before flatlining into fear, a fate that could permanently end curiosity,
you pressed into my chest and gave me life again
hold my hand
pull me safely to the wings
away from the trip wire of resentment that runs
the world’s stage
i will let you
set my wrist
turn my chin
place my feet
even though i prefer to lead when i dance
sometimes you have to follow.
your heart will be persistent
even if you leave it to wither in a shoe box
even if you flatten it and use it as a bookmark to save your place
even if you bury it in the garden between the bossy rows of peppermint
your heart will keep on trying to tell you
what you need to know
to be able to survive
to be able to go on
to be free.
when you are ready to listen
when you are ready to know
when you’re ready to let go
your heart will say to you
you’re the one that I want.
the mist can see me through my window.
I see it too. It cannot hide behind the glow from street lamps.
It was raining when the dogs woke up.
It’s still raining now.
this is certainly not the way I expected to experience the last days of April:
wrapped in two scarves, socks up my legs, and a fur-lined hat near the front door.
I wanted flowers out my window
and fresh air to blow into my apartment while I get ready for bed.
I do like the stillness of this night.
And I like how time hangs onto the mist
giving more evening
in my mind
so I can see the beauty
in this foggy night
Michelle Bernard: not expected, a poem for the season from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.
i love ya
i wiggled into you
(you were worth the wait)
through grateful hips
shoulders praising morning
i pointed these feet
while white strands caught my eyelashes
i increased the decision
taking longer strides
(trusting myself for
the 108th time)
letting what I felt
swallowed the noise
letting the sound of light play
from my body
making the days
Michelle Bernard: longer – a poem from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.