Not That You Need My Approval

Detail of “Not That You Need My Approval,” Dan Trabue

Rise up wild daughter of the woods

dance and romp
struggle and scream
kick and punch
Persist. Resist. Insist. Consist
of and within your
own sweet and glorious dragon Self.

Kick at the stones and
split the sky into
one thousand shards of colour
bellow in rage

Or don’t.

Just rest and relax or do
it is your own unchained soul wants.
It IS your life. Live it by your rules.

This poet stands with you and your choices.

Dan Trabue is a lover of nature and his family. He has been and continues to be a wood-worker, map-maker, teacher, job coach, poet, artist, photographer, and a musician.

Endangered Species Series

“Red Panda,”
Selah Both, 7

Red pandas have to eat 20 to 30 percent of their body weight in bamboo.

“Red Panda,”  Selah Both, 7

Issue 69

This article first appeared in Geez magazine Issue 69, Summer 2023, The Children Will Prophesy .

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