This is My Heart (For Gemma)

Dark Red by Art Lionse.jpg 2Dark Red ©2011 Art Lionse
This is My Heart
This is my heart. It is a good heart.
Bones and a membrane of mist and fire
are the woven cover.
When we make love in the flower world
my heart is close enough to sing
to yours in a language that has no use
for clumsy human words.
My head is a good head, but it is a hard head
and it whirs inside with a swarm of worries.
What is the source of this singing, it asks
and if there is a source why can't I see it
right here, right now
as real as these hands hammering
the world together
with nails and sinew?
The Windmill by Art LionseThe Windmill ©2011 Art Lionse
This is my soul. It is a good soul.
It tells me, "come here forgetful one."
And we sit together with a lilt of small winds
who rattle the scrub oak.
We cook a little something
to eat: a rabbit, some sofkey
then a sip of something sweet
for memory.
Red Sun by Art LionseRed sun ©2011 Art Lionse
This is my song. It is a good song.
It walked forever the border of fire and water
climbed ribs of desire to my lips to sing to you.
Its new wings quiver with
88927-F Umb(r)ella © 2011 Art Lionse
Come lie next to me, says my heart.
Put your head here.
It is a good thing, says my soul.
~ Joy Harjo ~
(A Map to the Next World)

May your heart experience the healing and soulful lovesong of caring friends. We are with you, holding you in the light, the flame unflickering.

Love and Peace,
Noelle Renee

About the Photographer:
Art Lionse  is a phenomenal photographer. All his images are taken in natural light. He Hails from the South of France. You may find his other work on  his homepage at 1xcom and

Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1951. Her books of poetry include How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002); A Map to the Next World: Poems (2000); The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), which received the Oklahoma Book Arts Award; In Mad Love and War (1990), which received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; Secrets from the Center of the World (1989); She Had Some Horses (1983); and What Moon Drove Me to This? (1979). She also performs her poetry and plays saxophone with her band, Poetic Justice. Her many honors include The American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Hawaii.


  1. Great post, Noelle!  I love the spare geometric nature of the photographs, just beautiful!  And there's such warm comfort in the poem.  With this further exposure to Joy Harjo's poetry I'm actually inspired to look up a book of her work; this from  someone who rarely reads poetry.  Something about her poems touches my soul.  Thank you, love!

  2. a beautiful, soulful, song, and you have chosen the illustrations so artfully. i especially like the queen anne's lace...

  3. Thank you Kathy. So glad it resonated with you so deeply.Love,

  4. So glad you liked it Les. I know how much you love Queen Anne's Lace :- )

  5. Beautiful -- the whole sequence reminds me a bit of fireworks -- on the fourth of July, so apt.

  6. Thanks Elizabeth dear. I appreciate it.
    I have a new blog. Have a look and see if you like it.

  7. as beautiful as birth.

  8. Thank you, Love. Happy fourth of July to you! I hope it is a good one!

  9. Very nice Noelle. 

  10. Beautiful commentary on a well-lived life and perfect satisfaction with how things are. 

  11. Awesome. Just awesome.


  12. Thank you for introducing me to Joy. I read this piece three times. I love it. What a wonderful way to start my day...a beautiful heartfelt post. and such stunning photos!


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