Duty ~ By ElizaBeth Coira

Is it my duty
Obligation
Responsibility
To put on
A pretty face for you

Simply because I’m a woman

As though my life
Weren’t meant for more
Than the shadowy
Fantasies
Of others

As though my life
Weren’t my own
Beyond what a man
Would pay for

No my friends
That moment has passed
Of social sickness
Putrid illness

At least in my mind
But what’s true for you
Do you buy and consume
The old bloody ruse

How funny
How entrenched
The sins of old
Designed to confine us
And subjugate

One from another
Equal lovers
Partners make
For very poor soldiers

Converts and subjects
Free thinking
Free loving
Free wielding
Free me
Free you
For we

Are meant for more
Than such trifles
Distractions
Pawns
In a muddled
Man-made game

I’m looking forward to sharing this piece, and a couple others, TONIGHT, at the Spokane FemFest–Feminist Art Festival! Checkout this clip of our recent interview on Good Day Spokane, highlighting the event! And join us in Spokane, Washington tonight, 6 pm at the Bartlett, if you can!

Gift Book: Sending You My Love

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Looking for an inspirational, affordable Valentine’s gift? How about a gift book that also supports others in great need?

“Sending You My Love” features uplifting poems & photos that ponder life, purpose, & the simple idea of Love as our ever-present guide. It’d make a great gift, whenever you’d like to share some Love! And part of the profits support children, families, animals, & communities in great need around the globe– through Project COLORS International Non-Profit Aid Society.

There’s still time to order through Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, & Amazon’s various European sites today!

Learn more here: Gift Book: Sending You My Love

Looking for an inspirational gift for Mom, Dad, or a New Grad? Gift Book: “Sending You My Love”

Are you looking for a thoughtful, uplifting, inspirational gift for Mom, Dad, or a New Grad? Curious to support an independent artist? Interested in a gift that supports others in great need too?

Could Love really exist…In each and every one of us?
Could Your choice to embrace Love…Touch our world for the better?
Could it really be as simple…As Loving You today?

Available through Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon Europe, & CreateSpace.com

Thanks for considering my gift book, “Sending You My Love,” to share your Love and Kindness in this world! Part of the profits also support women, children, animals, and communities in critical need of assistance through Project COLORS International Non-Profit Aid Society.

I’ve chosen Project COLORS as a recipient of my support for quite a few years now. It’s an AMAZING, small, aid organization that minimizes overhead to maximize the reach of our goodwill. They do an INCREDIBLE job of partnering with local aid organizations too; to find efficient, effective solutions that empower local people and leverage local knowledge.

I also trust the integrity of Project COLORS since I had the great joy of working with founder, Sunyata Choyce, many years ago for the United Nations down in the Dominican Republic. Since then, I’ve also had the chance to travel with her to Sri Lanka to support the initiation of funding and aid for children’s homes there. To find out more about Project COLORS, please visit: ProjectCOLORS.com

Thanks for your likes, shares, reviews, purchases, and donations to help put a Smile on someone’s face today! I am forever thankful and awed by the power of Kindness and strength of Love!

Did You Hear the Birdsong – By ElizaBeth Coira

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What is a God
The Greater Good
Love
Life
All
      Interconnection

~ ? ~

mine
right
the only way
master
manipulator
judge
            and jury

~ ? ~

Blooming flower
Kind embrace
Compassionate smile
Sunshine rays

~ ? ~

damner
dweller
fire
brimstone
us versus them
subjugator

~ ? ~

Flowing water
Fresh air
Towering trees
Meandering deer

~ ? ~

I’d like to think
God’s greater than ego
Individual identity
Human knowing
                                    and controlling

But some I hear
Have forgotten the sun
The touch of Love
The song of Home

Until the Next Flower – By ElizaBeth Coira

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There is no light
That summer brings
Greater
Than the One

The Light of Love
Illuminates us
Equal, shimmering
In the sun

Do you remember
All you people
The promise
We once held

Far too many
Have forgotten
Turned from paradise
To hell

But paradise
Still exists
Open up
Your lives

Turn off the clutter
Hate-filled noise
Tune in to Nature’s
Simple joy

Her paths will open
Up your wonder
Fields and forests
Play

Smile and flow
Like rivers roll
And Love will bloom
Again

In you