Saturday, May 15, 2004


by Colleen Redman

Digging roots
of Echinacea and Valerian

To strengthen my resistance
to quiet my restless sleep

Exposing the source
of innocent flowers

Dirty secrets
and childhood traumas

Washing the wounds
with the sting of vodka

Made into medicine
with the patience of time

Colleen Redman is the author of The Jim and Dan Stories (Silver and Gold Productions, 2003). This and her first collection of poetry, Muses Like Moonlight, are available via her website Her poems have appeared in Mothering Magazine, The We’moon Journal, Poets Against the War online, and in a variety of local publications. She writes political commentaries that have been widely published on the web and in the Roanoke Times newspaper. Colleen is co-editor of A Museletter, a local forum in Floyd, Virginia, where she currently lives.


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