times, scribes were devotees of the Word. They were the
bridges between worlds, charged with the sacred task of
painstakingly transcribing the Mysteries into a form
that could be referenced by holy men and women. Many
centuries later, our modern journals give us unlimited
access to the Mysteries of our souls. Through this
column, I hope to offer ways that we can approach our
own lives with the love and devotion of the scribes of
Poem of the Month
New Year 2002
The dream changes at midnight
when I begin to peel the year
like ripe fruit, letting old
mistakes and bitter regrets fall
away in cupped segments like rough
rind. I hold tight to the intent
to master this annual birth, this
time learning to forgive the old
wounds, celebrate the common joys.
It takes a gentle hand to undo
the layers, bare the tender flesh
and never damage beyond a bruise.
There is little time for standing
still. I move into the new year
sticky and fragrant with the scent
of earth and sun and hope on my
hands, and the urge to mix tart
pulp with sweet cream, letting
the juice drip from my fingers
and chin without apology.
-- Amy Christman
- This poem was written from a word game Amy plays with her writing group. She was given ten words and told to compose them into a poem. The words are: common, cream, birth, forgive, peel, still, master, ripe,
midnight, never. Try your own poem.
- Make up your own "juicy word" bowl or pouch and
draw a few words from it. Incorporate these words into a write or a poem.
- What is different about you in 2002?
- If you could choose three things to focus on in 2002, what would they be? Write an intention or vision statement. Make it vivid and detailed.
Kathleen Adams. All Rights Reserved
Kathleen Adams LPC, RPT is a
Registered Poetry/Journal Therapist and Director of The
Center for Journal Therapy in Lakewood, Colorado. She is
one of the leading voices on the power of writing to
heal and is the author of four books, including Journal
to the Self and The Write Way to Wellness.
Her upcoming seminars include the annual 5-day women’s
writing retreat in Colorado July 8-13, and a one-day
Journal to the Self workshop in Denver in late July. She
would love your feedback on this column; please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or stop by her website, www.journaltherapy.com.
Kathleen's Past "Scribing the Soul" Columns:
2001 "Unseen Companions"
2001 "Families Writing"
2001 "Coping Strategies for Times of Crisis"
2001 "Journal of a Synchronicity"
2001 "Rituals for Soulful Writing"
Baker’s Dozen Ways to Journal Your Dreams"
2001 "Journals to Go"
2001 "Healing Words, Healing Touch: Jihan's Letters"
2001 "Love Letters"
the Authentic Self"
2000 "Riding the Inky Wave"
2000 "The Good News"
2000 "Soul Food: Exploring Affirmations in
2000 "Diary of a Headache"
2000 "Making Up the Truth"
2000 "Pockets of Joy"
2000 "Five Ways to Scribe Your Intuition"
Kathleen's Feature Article on Dream Journals:
in the Dark: Cracking the Soul's Code Through Dream