The poetry of Judy Shepps Battle

Inner Voyage

I
Elusive silence.
Only clamor. Only clang.

Dervishes whirl
spin and grin

timeless tempo
outlaws for sure

or is it me

vividly creating
mindlessly destroying

disloyal to heart beat
violating trust

scaring inner child
as her anchor dissolves

into sugar, carbs and
noisy political conversations?

II
There is no substitute for confession
no antidote for toxic fear

Powerless to command peace
reluctant to empty mind

I pick up coral Shaeffer pen
open blue Five Star notebook

and write

each word a breath
each breath a word

releasing ancient sigh
finally out of the cave

no more shadows
only gratitude

at escaping extinction
one more time

tears flow
shoulders relax

no answers
no questions

no need

just quietly surfing each in-breath
just gently riding each out-breath

palms extended
heart open

sharing my pain
honoring your pain

and for one fleeting nanosecond
aware we are more than aging body.

Alone in the sea of the moment
swaddled by ancient waters

I float and sink
sink and float.

awaiting the next beginning.


Judy Shepps Battle has been writing essays and poems long before retiring from being a psychotherapist and sociology professor. She is a New Jersey resident, addictions specialist, consultant and freelance writer. Her poems have been accepted in a variety of publications including Ascent AspirationsBarnwood PressBattered SuitcaseCaper Literary JournalEpiphany MagazineJoyfulMessage in a Bottle Poetry MagazineRaleigh ReviewRusty TruckShort, Fast and Deadlythe Tishman Review, and Wilderness House Literary Press.

One comment

  1. I am fascinated by the way that our environment shapes our thoughts. In my case, I live among farm fields where there is ambient silence and only my private political thoughts. However, like the New Jersey poet, Judy Shepps Battle, I enjoy sugar and carbs and await the next beginning.

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