Remember the Noble Truths

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Let go of the desires

oh all of the heartaches they sire

send them to sea ablaze funeral pyres.

Longings to make them proud

treasure me in the crowd

a full moon face with no clouds.

Childhood strings of attachment

put all these tears in a basket

turn them into daisies, joyous facets.

Ideas of what I should be

untangled to set foot free

so that I can be happy being me (remember there is no I only we).

Emily Dickinson and New Beginnings

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This spring brings wonderful gifts, not only the gifts of nature but new beginnings in my life, a new house and a new academic commitment.  As I was browsing through my books I came across ‘Final Harvest’ by Emily Dickinson, a book of poems I hadn’t opened in a while.  I was struck by the eloquence of Ms. Dickinson’s pithy vocabulary and unique rhetoric through syntax and style.  This poem resonated with me and decided it was worth resurrecting with my blog.

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If something makes sense to you then do it if it feels right.  Your endeavors will always come back to you no matter how long it takes, when the time is right it will happen.  That is what I’m taking away from this time in my life and in essence this poem reflects these feelings for me and with succinct splendor.

Delicate Winter Poem

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Sensitive as permeating

cold on bare flesh

winter’s icy breath

whispering on my neck

blood rushes to cheeks

relief and peace I seek.

I’ll look at piercing

reality glaring glittering

sun on pillowed snow

fear and doubt, don’t show; harsh

seasons that hardened my heart

sharpened my mind and art

it’s there I find shelter

surrendering into ancient forms

receiving survival peonies adorned

upon my crown bowed

frozen yet realizing

mindfulness is endowed

wisdom in frigid grace

acute white lines melt

into brown, gray, green

when I close my eyes

it can been seen.

Autumn Love Poetry

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Gold coins high against gray sky

a still morning

deadly quiet.

A burning orb emerges

reminding me of love

illuminated mysterious

light when he peaks,

beauty unfolding

blooming like a yellow rose.

I close my eyes

feel warm rays

gently massaging

my skin in a cold

house, a cold fall

day fading into

winter outside leaves

swirling

like colorful ballerinas

in a dance toward

death mulches frozen soil

soon layered with

frosty powdered white

a world with beauty

that’s much more so

with brilliant billows

spontaneous blazing streaks

your fingers,

a love as bright as the sun.

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language

I’ve always been interested in language learning so I decided to embark on earning my certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TEFL/TESOL).  I started 160 hours of online courses through TEFL Express early last year and completed the program earning my TEFL/TESOL certificate this last July.

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Last summer in June 2014 I traveled to Madrid, Spain to participate in VaughanTown, a week long volunteer program to teach English through relaxed  language immersion, it was mostly one-on-one conversations and some group activities with adults from all over Spain.  The program covers your room and board at nice hotels or campuses, three meals a day and you get to meet wonderful people from all over the world.  I met wonderful Spaniards and English speakers from the UK, Australia, South Africa and the U.S.  I had to teach the meaning of  idioms and helped the Spaniards practice their conversational skills and we had enough free time outside the curriculum to enjoy ourselves so it was a great intern experience!

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This year I signed up for another volunteer experience with My TEFL Experience a small English school in Valencia, Spain the first week of September, on the recommendation of a fellow TEFL teacher.  This time it was more formal classroom teaching, and most of the students were beginner to intermediate so I taught English grammar and lessons to practice reading, listening, some writing and speaking.  It was at times challenging  but I taught about 20 hours during the week and got to practice my Spanish, eat good Spanish food and do some sight-seeing outside of teaching at the academy so it was another great teaching experience in beautiful Spain!  Again I met some wonderful colleagues from the UK, Australia, Texas and the students were wonderful, they all really wanted to learn.

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So now I decided my next teaching experience will be at home here in Colorado.  I’m about to go through a short teacher training at Intercambio, a school in Boulder, Colorado that offers English and Citizenship classes to mostly Mexican immigrants.  It’s another volunteer experience and I expect to start in November or December for once or twice a week one-one-one in the Boulder county or Broomfield area for six months.

I have 9 years of experience working in the communications and business-to-business field so I’m happy to help individuals learning English for business or career reasons or for any reason really. It’s funny where life will take you if you let your interests guide you.

I’m also learning Spanish so traveling to Spain helped me practice Spanish and hopefully having some language exchanges in Boulder with new students will further my Spanish language learning, as well as hone my teaching skills.  Volunteering is it’s own reward and being exposed to new cultures, languages and people is personally enriching.  I’m so grateful for these experiences and excited for what’s to come!

Malvorrosa My Love

In a warm pink glow

the sun dips her head

below graceful palms

dark emerald hues

cascading foam

breathing rhythmic

stanzas

far away yet fresh

like a spring

water quenching

my heart’s thirst.

Your body beckons

your arms surround

mine like gentle

lapping waves

always in my head

heralding smiles

soon against your chest

resting eternal

comfort softly burning

a forever memory.

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