Dear Journal+ patrons, as an attachment below, you will find this month’s bonus journal entry, for the poem, “Black Tar,” which I also just turned into a song (today! 20 minutes ago!), which is accessible to Songwriting+ patrons. Added perk – I’m sharing a typed version of the poem below!

You are the disease
The cancer
The black tar
Attempting to choke
The life force out of me
To feed off my blood
While denying that
Any of this
Is happening
Adding a layer
Of psychological torment
And I
The pure Being
And devoted child
Attempting repeatedly continuously
Despite all this
To swat down sidestep
Your wicked ways
So that I can connect with you
In sacred healing beautiful
Light
But you are immersed in
Defined by
Darkness

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