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No matter the season, sometimes we need to feel the sunflower’s stalk and how dense it feels with fingers wrapped around it. Sometimes we need gentler energy, but not less powerful. Humble energy or mild energy balances us just as much as bright copious energy does.


Find a comfortable position. Close your eyes and enjoy the ground beneath you for a moment, thank it, and then open your eyes and see that you have been transported into a wheat field. Tan and bronze surround you. The whole world sways with the breeze. The sunshine is steady but gentle. Before you is a picnic basket. Everything will taste better than it ever has. You will fill yourself with love and light and nourish yourself with calmness and strength. You open the basket and set out a small porcelain plate. You lay slices of apples and cheese. You take out a bottle of chilled honey wine and a small, fluted glass and laugh at its fanciness. You appreciate the care involved to give you strength. The wheat whispers to you and calms frayed nerves. The sun fills you with smiles as you nibble. There is peace here and it fills you. The sacred grains that will last the winter hold you close. You sip and notice the breeze blowing change and sweeping out stale energy. The stalks beneath you send up love and you feel whole. You close your eyes and when you open them, you will still taste the cheese and hear the wheat, but you will be home. You feel the textures of the season. You know your strength and feel your energy replenished.

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Kim Malinowski
Kim Malinowski earned her B.A. from West Virginia University and her MFA from American University. She studied with the Writers Studio. Her work appears in Mythic Delirium, Enchanted Conversation, Eternal Haunted Summer, and Three Drops From the Cauldron, among others. Her chapbook, Death: A Love Story was published by Flutter Press. Visit artist and photographer Courtney Brooke online at