tender mercy

Annette Rochelle Aben

She needed sleep for her body to heal

She needed to let go and be still

As the tears flowed like driving rain

She begged Spirit for release

From unbearable pain

Then she decided

To let go of

The struggle

That blocked



As if

By magic

She found stillness

Drifting into sleep

Feeling no pain at all

Each time she woke, she’d let go

Again, she’d be able to sleep

Gratitude filled her as she wakened

Her will to live was stronger than the pain

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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