Dear one

imagining the move to New York City,

magnetized and terrified

because it outstretches your resources,

challenges your certainties,

it’s somewhere you’ll have to grow into —

do it.

The world packed in to an 8-mile island,

nowhere to expand but up,

ambition its lifeblood: its monuments

will keep rising, redefining

your sense of enough.

You will get hungrier, bolder,

beat up, schooled by a gauntlet

of competition, smarts, risk,

You will fall in love over and over

with strangers becoming less strange

by the ways we can’t help but human each other.

A good decade in,

I wish…


Made in a quiet land

The heart-land

Indiana small town

Knit by seasons of extremes —

Summers you could wring out like a sponge,

Winters that freeze even breath,

That taught her what can grow in dark silence

Torn by war

That took her father of six across the sea

To the ledge of a bomber’s open door

In the clouds over Normandy

She was not yet three

When he jumped, his purple heart

racing with courage and the fear

that occasions it.

Broken, he lived almost a year

Before the car crash on the way home

to an anniversary…


May division humble us

into radical attention.

Confusion become curiosity,

Exasperation evolve into compassion,

Anger grow into wonder.

May difference become a mystery worth entering.

May our certainties be spacious enough

for doubts, questions, reformation,

Our identities be rooted in the love

by which, for which, through which we fight.

May we be brave enough to confess ignorance

of another’s experience of injustice

and to state our own;

to express, to embody, to sweat and play

within a vision of a more perfect union,

of justice for all,

of hope for the marginalized, oppressed, silenced —

to create from it…

Nicole Meline

Creator, ALTER movement practice + podcast / Artist / Athlete / Mystic / Mentor / nicolemeline.com

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