Contemplation in the Days of Awe

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Journal, Poetry

A meaningful Yom Kippur to all. May all our prayers for the coming year be answered. In these High Holy Days of contemplation, I am thinking of a poem I wrote in a special moment of connection with G-d.  

Cocoon – A Poem by Xianna Michaels

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Poetry

Circuits shorting; ceilings falling; Chaos doesn’t cease! Dimly I hear Spirit calling – I’ll write when I have peace. Or is it just the opposite, Distractions sent to me Until I write in spite of it, This lesson meant for me: To be impervious, cocooned, With pen in hand and soul attuned.

What Baby Sarah Knows – A Poem

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Poetry

I have been known to carry a thermos of my green drink just about everywhere. I wrote this poem after yet another grandchild asked to taste it and then ran to spit it out. The drink is called Bieler’s Soup, after Dr. Henry Bieler, who developed it. It consists of steamed and blended zucchini, green […]

Mommy’s Lap – A Poem

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Poetry

From time to time I’ll share a poem I’ve written for children, often from the child’s point of view. I wrote this poem after watching a very young child bravely try to adjust to the new baby who had recently joined the family.   Mommy’s Lap   I love my baby brother, Ben; I really, […]

Girls – A Poem

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Poetry

From time to time I’ll share a poem I’ve written for children, often from the child’s point of view. I wrote this poem for a workshop I did for a class of third grade girls. I wanted to make them smile – and teach them iambic tetrameter!   Girls Melissa schemes and Katie plays And […]

Really, Really – A Poem

Posted by on Dec 28, 2014 in Poetry

From time to time I’ll share a poem I’ve written for children, often from the child’s point of view. I remember the day I wrote this poem. I can still hear the clever little guy pleading with his mom: He didn’t feel well, but it’s wasn’t the medicine kind of sick. All he needed was […]

Nana’s House – A Poem

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Poetry

From time to time I’ll share a poem I’ve written for children, often from the child’s point of view. This one came to me when my oldest grandchild, A, was a little girl. We spent so many magical hours together doing art and exploring my house. I try to capture that same magic with her […]

My Life in Poems

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Poetry, Stories

I wrote my very first poem for a school assignment in the third grade. I remember the exhilaration I felt when the words came to me and I realized, “I can do this.” I wrote many poems for my teacher, Mrs. Blank, that year. I don’t remember them, but I remember the delight I felt […]

The Fall – Poetry by Xianna Michaels

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Poetry

I don’t have most of my childhood poems, but I’ve never forgotten the very first one. Written at the beginning of the school year, it was called simply, “The Fall.”