Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The mother sings
as feet dance in unison
around the table

The mother hears them wail
when the earth moves
and there is nowhere left
for their feet

The mother knows
when silence is broken

and suffers
when she takes the children home

when the mother is angry

everyone should run for their lives

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

the first kiss

wild reckless abandon
soulful passion
only one language 
when the heart speaks

no boundaries
no borders
truth envelops
and the body says yes

to love

Sunday, June 3, 2018


Friday, June 1, 2018

I have a client originally from Nairobi. She has been here since she was about 8, living in toronto and found herself involved with some bad men. she fled to london and sought out help. i left her for a moment.
when i came back she had a strange smile. then she said 'you have been to africa'. 'yes', i said, 'how did you know?'... 'you left your shoes', she said...'and the elephants'....i explained to her that i've never been very good at keeping my shoes on and that the elephants are my ancestors.
she said 'i can tell that your spirit is good. i feel safe'.
i was wearing my flip flops from tanzania...the ones that the local shoe cobbler thought i was crazy for paying $60 to have re soled...i had worn them out. he told me they weren't worth that much. i told him they were worth that and more and to please just do the fucking work. not one bead has ever fallen off. my magic shoes.
at the school board i would have been written up for wearing footwear that violated a policy...funny how life they helped me save a woman's life.

Friday, May 25, 2018

It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.
The sun is shining!
Mommy and Ella wake up.
Mommy makes coffee.
The coffee tastes good.
Mommy bought it from a nice Ethiopian man.
Mommy and Ella decide to walk to the river.
Mommy and Ella like the river.
Mommy lets Ella off her leash because Ella is a good girl.
Ella runs and plays.
See Ella play.
Play, Ella, play!
Ella rolls in a dead fish.
See Ella roll.
Mommy frowns.  
Mommy tries to put the leash on Ella.
See Ella run.
See Ella run.
Where is the police man to tell Ella to stop?
Mommy thinks he is too fat to run anyway.
See Mommy run without her bra  while clutching her coffee.
See Mommy's breasts go up and down and up and down.
See Mommy wave to the Helgas.
See Mommy's coffee spill.
See Ella run.
Mommy finally gets Ella home.
Now Ella is a wet dog.
Mommy is wet too.
Mommy needs another coffee.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

I love dancing with you, your breath on my cheek
feeling your heart next to mine

sometimes the way you look at me
the way you see me
your love
it overwhelms me
and i am gone
into your arms
My Sunday Sermon for y'all...a cop once told me 'we know you hate cops, Wendy' which I replied 'You're wrong....I don't hate cops. What I hate is abuse of power, and I will speak up and act out against that until my last breath'. Hamas, no Hamas, PA, no PA, what Israel is doing is WRONG and it must be stopped. There is no peace without justice. I do this work because in spite of ourselves, I still believe in humanity. I believe in love. I believe in reconciliation. Not standard issue government reconciliation, but in the reconciliation that comes when you stand to face to face with another and are able to say 'I see you. I hear you. I believe you. I am sorry.' Israel is nothing but a Zionist lie, perpetuated by greed, anger, fear and bloodlust. It hides behind Judaism like a human shield. The face of Zionism takes many forms in today's world. Know it. Recognize it. Speak out about it. Don't get caught in the propaganda war. Live your truth.