Saturday, July 25, 2015

Where Journey's Meet…New Book Release!!

Once in a blue moon something magical comes along…

Coinciding with the second full moon of July, 
Journey of the Heart Women's Spiritual Poetry
announces release of it's second collection...

sharing hearts and voices from women from around the world.

This book will be available at and a bookstore near you
beginning July 31st, 2015
All proceeds to go to ~                                                                                              
a mentoring program that encourages girls to explore and develop their creative talents, both written and oral.
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I am pleased and honored to have three poems chosen to appear in this collection:
This Cynical Heart
Old Friends

My pre-release interview may be viewed here:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An Incredible Lightness of 'Being'

It happened without fanfare
no ticker tape, no announcement…
so subtle it was hard to say the exact moment
when the veil lifted,
the weight disappeared,
and calmness claimed
the place where pain had screamed.
Once again your blue eyes shown
  and hope danced in their brightness.

©  Ginny Brannan 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Finding the "Groove" Again

Internet Image, James B. Whiteside, hard edit

“One step forward, two steps back…
Two steps forward, one step back…”

You dance this strange, unconventional dance
trying to find your balance once more
No pirouettes, no jetés
only petite adagios and tour lents instead;
  —pivoting cautiously—
as pain surveys silently stage-left
anxious to claim the spotlight again.

Eyes forward, back straight
slow and steady—
     stand…hold… rest
     stand…hold… rest
building strength
until each movement becomes rote;
…your accolades acrued in each forward measure.

©  Ginny Brannan

Internet Image, Darek Fidyka, hard edit

Dance terms:
Pirouettes: spins
Jetés: throw the leg, jump with a throw of the leg
Petite “adagios” small slow sustained movements
tour lents: to turn slowly on one leg

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Searching for the Silver Lining

The minutes have turned to hours…
days slowly stretch into weeks—
a storm rolled in and took you down
            for a moment, thought you drowned
…still you stood upon storm’s retreat.

Helpless, we watched the skies darken.
Unknowing, observed the clouds swarm.
Without any warning
            the red haze was forming
too quickly to steer from its harm.

How long till the lightening passes,
to assess all the damage that’s done?
Through the wind and the rain
            and the endless pain
we chase the elusive sun.

And I search for the “silver lining”
some sign we’ll return to the norm—
as we wait a bit longer
            while you grow stronger…

          I still cannot see past this storm.

©  Ginny Brannan 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Neap Tide

Image taken by G.Brannan 2006

Somewhere …
between the here and there;
between a rock and a hard place
between midnight and four a.m.

I slip into limbo while you
balance the brink of extinction.
Tied inside this surreal reality
is a game where the winner takes all
or at least gets to walk away.
I navigate the sea of good intentions
bearing the burden of your pain…
and I lay awake at night wondering
if things might ever be ‘normal’ again

© Ginny Brannan 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Breathing Lessons


I listen to the sound of your breathing,
the rhythmic sound of expansion, contraction—
and try to remember that I must breathe too.
I whisper sweet distractions in your ear
I only hope that you can hear.
Come on and fight—pull yourself free—
rise to the surface, come back to me.
I listen to the sound of your breathing
and try to remember
   that I must breathe,  too

© Ginny Brannan 2015