Kathryn Gahl

O My Love

In Anxiety, Connection, LOVE, Mindfulness, Terrorism on June 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm

the night is not very big
a few hours only
of magic on that side
of Orlando midnight
pulsing music
and transcendent dance
when arms reach heaven
like light

except for you
the stranger

did you never feel
the reality of renewal
were you wary of those who did
when did you dig
the dark grave of hate

if you had been open
I could have shown you
the lark in your throat
the silly in your limbs

I could have taken you
to the Love Lock Bridge
you would have liked it
the dance of love, the soul in strobe

but you with your
twisted resistance
and gunning gaze

now look
what you’ve done

Love Locks

The Wall

In Anxiety, Connection, Humor, Mindfulness, Weighing In on May 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Some days
it feels like you’re
holding up the wall

Other days
it feels like the wall
holds you

Either way, be glad:
you are upright,

The Wall

For Sale

In Connection, Consumerism, LOVE on May 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm


Organic kale, a cute Cape Cod, candles, ferry rides, CDs, DVDs, kites, Island Fudge.

None of these have I for sale.

No pipe dream, no dare to dream, no Just Say No or the latest of the best: Just Say Yes.      No marketing scheme, donor wall, hidden agenda, theater tickets, attitude adjuster, happy pill, or pleasure potion.

None of these can you buy in the marketplace of my heart                                                      where the only product is presence.                                                                                                                                                                                    I am here.  You are here.    I hear you. You hear me.   You be.   I  be.

We look, listen, and mine our feelings while we build connection–                                        a wonder that cannot be bought.