Microcosm, Digital Art and Poetry, by Joan Ellen Gage

Microcosm

I get it, universe, I

hear you, sniggering, the

irony is not lost to

me. I am the anti-hero,

crushed between duty and

desire. You waited until I

managed to escape my

former life, then you

shut me down again,

trapped within a snow globe, a

microcosm, peering out

into the possibilities, almost

touching them, almost

free, almost. . .

by,

Joan Ellen Gage

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EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

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STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

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The Not So Great Escape, Digital Art and Poetry by Joan Ellen Gage

The Not So Great Escape

I was finally out, after

plotting and planning,

laying low. I

spied an opening and

went for it, even as

Covid was sneaking in,

infecting, insidiously

changing the dynamics–

shutting down new frontiers,

freezing me in place, again,

pausing my life. So

ironic, a black comedy, my

existence, (what existence?)–

different place, different

prison. Still, there is hope,

always, there is hope. May

2021 finally spring us,

rescue us. May we be

free as high

soaring birds, may we

sing songs of

freedom.

by,

Joan Ellen Gage

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JOAN’S LINKS:

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BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

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Learning to Say No, Digital Art and Poetry, by joans-zone

On Deaf Ears

I am responsible for my life,

ultimately, I made the

decisions, or didn’t make

them. I did

not find the words to say,

no, or I let them fall from

deaf ears without

pushing them home. I

have a real chance this

time, in spite of 2020’s

obstacles, I am still

freer. I can

pick and choose what I

want to do, or who I want to

be for the remainder of my

life. And to

not live in fear of

anger, criticism,

gas-lighting, controlling,

behavior. I

have this chance, I’m

taking it. I have

learned to say, no.

By,

Joan Ellen Gage

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JOAN’S LINKS:

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BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

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Breathe, Digital Art and Poetry by joans-zone

Breathe

As I breath sweet freedom’s air, I am

reminded to never surrender it

again.

Didn’t I try to keep an

open airway, attempt to protect my

precious identity from being

eroded away by another’s sheer

will?

My will nearly as strong, but

requiring withdrawal into safer spaces,

showing little of my true face to

survive until I could walk or

run to a new life. One I chose for

myself, not one forced upon me

until I acquiesced.

I can breathe, this is my life, my

breath, my freedom, my future. I

inhale my truth, I exhale the

past.

by,

joans-zone

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JOAN’S LINKS:

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BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

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Turning to Stone, poetry and digital art by joans-zone

Turning to Stone

by Joan Ellen Gage

Who am

I

the woman who

finally ran away, who

plotted and skulked and

finally did the

deed, feet

flying, not

looking back, for

fear of turning to

stone.

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EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

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When I Decide, poem and digital art, by Joan Ellen Gage

Karen in Key horizontal 2 signed

 

When I decide, I’ll let me know

 

Chasing my own

tail, pondering, do I

stay, or do I

go?

Do I hold the

key, am I the

key? When will I

know?

 

by Joan Ellen Gage

 

 

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EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

Are you Waiting for the Rest of Your Life? Photo and poem from Joan Ellen Gage

Waitint for the rest of your life quote JEG framed

Waiting for the Rest of Your Life

 

Are you content in your comfort zone,

keeping within familiar parameters?

Do you wear blinders to keep your

focus fixed in front of you?

Intent on trudging the well-worn path,

are you afraid of taking that first step

toward the rest of your life?

People have a choice these days.

We don’t have to continue in the

career rut that we created, or

the temporary situation that

became our existence. Our other life, a

parallel universe, if you will, where we

wait, and deny ourselves our lives.

Have you considered a change?

Will you continue to struggle

against the potential current of your own will?

Have you encased your true self in a

web of denial so tight, that your

soul has given up hope of escape

into the realm of life’s possibilities?

How long have you pondered

doing something radical, or

potentially magical, empowering?

Are you afraid of the consequences of your

action, or inaction?

How long will it take?  How long will you

wait for the rest of your life?

How long?  How long?  . . .

 

by Joan Ellen Gage

from the book,

Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader

 

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JOAN’S LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/

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BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.