Claudia’s birthday fete

A chocolate cake with lit candles spelling “Happy Birthday.”
A chocolate cake with lit candles spelling “Happy Birthday.”
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

A day to celebrate! My friend is here, so dear!
Upon this day, my wishes for Claudia unfold:

Kindness in abundance
​ ​ ​​ Sweet and tender gentleness
​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​​Hearty laughter among friends
​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​Broad smiles that greet the world
​ ​ ​​​ ​​ ​​​ ​ ​​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​And, blue begonias blooming iridescent

Claudia’s soul is deep, steeped in fragrant roses. O what fire shall enkindle her happiness? Might it be the chocolate fudge cake? The birthday card of an…


Adieu

A woman with dark hair, thinly veiled, wearing a crown of gold.
A woman with dark hair, thinly veiled, wearing a crown of gold.
Photo by Mimipic Photography on Unsplash

Empty cries call out to me in the deep
dark blackened chasm of night, all of
my breath sucked from my chest, once
again, the diadem of light is stripped
from me, for, yet another holds envy for
the piteous drops bestowed upon me —

And down, down, down I go, into the
rabbit hole, wherein I shall mold a new
crown of gold, one that shall uphold
fair-mindedness and dignity, no, you do
not get to drown me in your sorrow —

I shall see the morrow! ​ ​ ​​ ​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​​ ​ I shall rise…


Humankind

A stone Buddha, eyes closed.
A stone Buddha, eyes closed.
Photo by Andreas Dress on Unsplash

Upon this day, I awaken in awe and wonderment, for
the sea of grace hath washed over me, a
flowering bed of white daisies hearkens me to the
sun of reality —

Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the wind bid me
to the dawn-time of all created things, nature’s
bounty tells a story that existed long before
humankind —

In the darkness, the prodigious moon shines brightly
in the sky, to encourage humankind to
question why:

Who am I? ​ ​ ​​ What is my purpose? ​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​​​ What is the meaning of this life…

Amy Pierovich, Ed.D.

I am a sinologist, researcher, and poet, with a Doctorate of Education degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of San Francisco.

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