by Mark Jodon

(kyem) n.

Sanctuary.  Invisible circle
drawn around my body
with my hand.

Circle of protection
drawn to remind me
that I am safe,

that I am loved
even in the darkest 
of times.

Circle of sacred ground
where I may lie down,
find rest, where I am not

alone.  A place where 
I am drawn to you 
and you know my name.

Mark Jodon is the author of Day of the Speckled Trout (Transcendent Zero Press).  He is an Iconoclast Artist ( His poetry has been featured in the Houston Poetry Fest, displayed in a city hall with a photography exhibit, quoted in a doctoral dissertation, incorporated in a wedding ceremony, and read in contemplative worship services.

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