There once was,
a one eyed belly dancing tree…
This is what she said to me.
“Don’t worry about it.
I lose everything but my core,
And all my clothes fall off every year.
I just shiver in the wind,
shimmy and shake off all that heavy gear…
I shed some pounds with my tears,
Take a nap, then start planting again,
blowing blossoms and swag into the wind.”
©2012 jan leree

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    My name is Jan Leree.  I am a nurse, legal nurse consultant, poet and above all, mother of four wonderful adult children. I am writing here from my own life experiences, in loss, in grief, in humor and in joy.  I hope that you will find encouragement to face your life's circumstances by visiting my pages here.  My heart and prayers are in a place to offer encouragement to you.  The rights to the poetry and photographs are copyrighted to me.  If you wish to purchase cards, post cards, calendars, or framed art of my work, you may do so.  Email me at:


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