Poetry Friday: Here and There

Portion of “See to Peace,” mixed media collage by Courtney Putnam


“Dear Diary, today is April 26, 1986. I haven’t written in a long time.  Today was pretty good.  We had some hail.  In the Soviet Union something blew up and so radiation is floating around.” –my diary entry, age 11

When St. Helens erupted, my brother
filled Jiffy jars with water,
placed one in each of our bedrooms.

Did brothers in the Ukraine do the same?

As I watched the news flash footage
of Chernobyl’s smoke and flames,
I pictured myself there
filling jars of water, placing them
on nightstands and under beds.

It occurs to me now how the word
here is always part of there
the way loved ones live
inside me like stones at my core,
the way we nestle inside one another,
curious and unafraid.

c. 2002 Courtney Putnam


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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