In The Moment

In The Moment by Valerie Parente

What about you
makes me not identify with the past?
Because I act like a ghost
of every experience I’ve ever had
but with you
I’m present in my path.
One step at a time
pain that never lasts
get up again
and enjoy what I have.

– Valerie Parente (6-29-2021)

Pamper Yourself

Pamper Yourself by Valerie Parente

Sink in the bathtub,
decorated with flowers like lily-pads,
smell the burning sage,
the candles and the melting wax.

Send me a message,
from the spirits that guide the stars,
do it with ease,
as you flip over your tarot cards.

My conscience was chosen for this gift,
the present, the human body,
and it’s never been more clear,
that physical health is a luxury.

Take care of your cells,
be it lavender soap or fine wine,
whatever feels real and good,
you owe it to this thing called life.

– Valerie Parente (4-5-2021)