It Takes a Certain Man #julyfalls

‪Gallantly he fell‬‪

Betwixt and between‬

‪  illdefined ‬

‪     yet satisfied‬

‪With being seen‬

‪As misshapen‬

‪For societies norms‬

‪And he was never‬

‪More himself‬

‪Than when he lay‬

‪In the gap‬

‪Of what you think‬

‪He should be‬

©Entirety 2017

Photo from Pinterest

The Birthing Bed #julyfalls

‪Silence from the raven‬

‪Perched on the post‬

‪Of the birthing bed‬

‪As the smells of earth‬

‪Copper and sweat‬

‪Fill the air‬

‪And an onyx stone‬

‪Warmed by flesh

‪Between a woman’s breasts‬

‪Welcomes the babe‬

‪And the raven squawks‬

‪With its very first breath‬

©Entirety 2017

Photo by Amkholsa on Flickr

The Cover Backstory #behindthescenes #insidescoop #DearPoet @ParisAndren

The cover for Dear Poet felt a bit painstaking.  Paris Andren shared with me many a web site to look for premade covers and we tossed back and forth ideas often.  I hummed…I hawed…I said a lot of things would make do, BUT WHO WANTS TO MAKE A BOOK THAT WILL JUST DO?? Not I.  I needed to love it.  Paris gave me the idea that I could always commission an artist, but that was risky, and I know my personality.  If I got an artist to do it, and I didn’t love it, I would a) feel bad, b) use it anyways, or c) slink off into the background and hope they didn’t notice I didn’t use it anyways.
So I mentioned it to another writer friend of mine and she said, have you ever seen @sparksflyidraw on IG?  I had never, so I went to IG and flipped through her work.  My word!! Gifted hand, gentle, not obtuse or over the top busy.  It was simple beauty.  I scrolled through to this picture and then I just knew !  I texted her, emailed her, left notes in the comments!! Frantic wanting it to be mine.  And worried like someone would come up behind me and snatch it.  

Art by Nour Tohamy

It spoke exactly what I wanted prayers to a poet to look like: delicate, provocative, beautiful, sensual all falling off the lips of the supplicant.  
She finally contacted me back and we worked together over the marvels of WhatsApp.  Then went back to Paris Andren who with program and fonts, made it look a bit like thorns from the rose were in the font and petals graced the interior section of the book until we got to this.

Art by Nour Tohamy

And what pleasure comes from seeing process result in product.  A product of collaboration between artists that could never have happened otherwise.  I cannot say it enough, but indebted to Paris I will be.  For her patience and her equal desire for me to love it and not just be good with it.  
Community is everywhere.  And I am so grateful to have gifted artists in my presence. xo
If you want to pick up a copy of Dear Poet you can in either Kindle or paperback on Amazon.  With a few chances at book launches locally in the near future I hope.  Blessings x

Unmoved #DearPoet #behindthescenes. #insidescoop

When I first started writing micropoetry on Twitter it wasn’t uncommon for a lot of poetic dancing to occur.  It was a type of “call and response,”  like some of the more traditional churches do with liturgical prayers.  The minster calls, the congregation responds.  On Twitter though the call and response tended to reside a bit more on the side of the profane as opposed to the sacred.  

I remember writing this piece, Unmoved, in a response to another poets prompting.  We were poeting about the vulnerability of expressing yourself through poetry.  I had this sense, even back then, that the words I put on the page would give me all away.  My fears, my fantasies, my anger and worst of all, my deficiencies.    

It was two years later, thanks to a girlfriend, I was introduced to Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.  She delves into the area of embracing vulnerability, to put oneself wholly into the arena to live instead of holing up on the sidelines where it feels safer; where feelings can’t be hurt, hearts can’t be broken and creativity not be judged.  

With pen in hand this was my goal.  To embrace the fact I may be exposing myself through my creativity, putting myself out there, and back when I wrote this piece, the sense that I both needed to and that I was a risk rang loudly true.  

My Dear Poet helped me to embrace putting myself out there, into the arena, to not only be judged though, but to be loved and enjoyed as well.   To paraphrase Brené Brown, if you are numbing yourself from feeling the bad in life, you are simultaneously numbing yourself to the joys.  You cannot selectively numb.

And I didn’t want to live life numb.  So exploring life through poetry, helped me gain the courage I needed to explore the pain, which silumtaneously, (and thankfully) the ability to feel joy.  So yeah, the drops of ink do expose me a bit, but they also free me.

©Entirety 2017

Dear Poet

If you are looking for Dear Poet:  A Book of Uncommon Prayers it can be found here:

Stone – #DearPoet #behindthescenes #insidescoop

Stone by Entirety J Roberts

Obviously some of what I write comes from life experience. This poem finds its way from two young adults, entering a marriage and a life we barely knew how to maintain. So when push came to shove and a marriage of 17 years came to its head, we became hardened towards pursuing one another with no energy left to give. We took a hard line, the disinterest, the lack of drive to pursue the work it would take to restore our marriage. Of course there is more to it, there is always more to it. But there came new beginnings; For both of us, with this loss. For me my resurrection came with pen and ink and finding out that I needed to find a part of life that was my own, and could fill my bucket. And I am grateful for my journey even though at times it has totally sucked.

©Entirety 2017
Dear Poet: A Book of Uncommon Prayers is a collection of sensual poetry by Entirety J Roberts now available on Amazon.  It is a compilation of nearly 100 poems pleading with the poet for the beauty and rawness that comes with life.  Find it here

Separating #SenseWrds

‪A head shake denial‬‪
That sends tears reeling‬
‪Down rivers‬
‪Flooding estuaries‬
‪Mixing salt and fresh water‬
‪Not knowing‬
‪How to separate one emotion out‬
‪From another‬

©Entirety 2017

Photo from Pinterest

Offerings #poetry

I give to you

What is only mine

To give
And you take

What is only yours

To take
We share

What is only

Ours to share
And we relish

In this trust

©Entirety 2017

Photo from tumblr

The Weight of Depression #julyfalls

‪I’m the shadow‬

‪In the light‬

‪Smoke and silence‬

‪In the night‬

‪Washed up and poured out‬

‪With very little fight‬

‪And I am tired‬

‪Oh so tired‬

‪Of wandering‬


‪Without a home‬


‪Oh so tired‬

‪Of wearing blues‬

‪And greys‬

‪Barely getting through‬

‪The pain

‪And one day I will wake‬

‪Six feet under‬

‪In a grave‬

‪And finally feel‬

‪This blanket of weight lift‬

‪This is all I crave‬

©Entirety 2017

Photo found on Pinterest

As We Wish #junefalls

‪Let us run ‬

Escape the rules‬

‪Of what society says‬

‪These ties that bind‬

‪About the ways‬

‪We must love‬

‪Shadow kissed instead‬

‪Free to be‬

‪As we wish‬

©Entirety 2017

Art by Rhyohei Hase