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The Heart Shaped Ring

By Emily Stern

February 12, 2014 | 3:26 pm

The Heart In New Mexico 2012

The ring came from

A shop in New Mexico
where A Christian
Radio Station was blaring

midrshim I had never heard!

It was about Moses entering the Promised Land three days after he died. "You're Jewish?

So, you hate Palestinians. Don’t you hate them?”

To the shopkeeper in New Mexico,

I just said no.

 

Not at all.

 

but I bought the ring although it was too big saying, "You know how when it's warm, your hands grow?"

  • Good Morning!

    By Emily Stern

    January 19, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Good Morning! Good morning!

    It's what we're calling global warming.

    Wake up to the coming cosmic day

    or we'll end up dying for a past 

    that wasn't working anyway.

     

    We've all been dreaming

    and the cocks have certainly been sreaming

    and the clocks have ticked us

    into a life long coffee break,

     

    and the coffee has tricked us

    into thinking we're awake.

  • Let It Roll

    By Emily Stern

    January 19, 2014 | 4:38 pm

    Either we are woken up by the alarm clock or by each other.

    Let lovingkindness roll off your sleeve. 

  • humble

    By Emily Stern

    January 18, 2014 | 8:50 pm

    There is no need to be humble when god is as it is. Even as big as I could be, as grand and powerful, no matter what, there is more. I am ornamental. I am a ping pong ball.

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  • The Cave

    By Emily Stern

    January 10, 2014 | 1:19 am

    I have a wall too, you know, that doesn't want to be permeated, through to whom life seems too much,

    I have to go home and mend like a cat licking its wound, patchwork on a plasma screen  when we come close to each other, too.
    Plato's cave is bare and wide- but it only goes as... read on

  • Lovingly

    By Emily Stern

    January 1, 2014 | 9:06 pm

    How to love life?

    to give it love?
    pour onto it and see what grows

    what if i loved you, Life?

    (without life, I cannot know love….)
    love is the little juice
    life is the little fruit.
    and I am a little bit of surrender and finally saying yes, it is worth it, without knowing that life spent all this time convincing me in the back around way,

    yes, it is worth it to let the heart be touched by everything.

    Falling in love again. Maybe I have been scared to. Maybe I am ready to take it on. This time, lovingly.

  • Your Love

    By Emily Stern

    October 29, 2013 | 6:26 pm

    Your love could fly, could be grounded

    As if they were different.

    Your love could ask questions

    Be in the stillness of the deepest silence

    Your love could pop up and make this world greener

    And more full. Your love could sit back, receive

    Revere women and men and children and worldliness

    Could tend the truth of Our divinity.

  • I Want To Love You

    By Emily Stern

    October 22, 2013 | 9:58 am

    I want to love you.

     

    Can I?

     

    Really, this is me asking permission. 

     

    The repressed heart is really the worst fate,

    what Pharoah had to fear. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Emily Stern is a devotional poet and songwriter. Her album “Birth Day” can be downloaded on iTunes or from CD baby.  As an actor and playwright, her plays have been performed...

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