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Brief bio:
Originally from the states, (Waterbury, Connecticut) but liking it here for the past ten years in Ireland. Spent a few years before that in Cape Breton Nova Scotia – great winters there for writing. Travelled a bit, worked a lot, and raised two wonderful children as well as horses (Morgan, Andalusian, Thoroughbred, Irish Sport Horse) in U.S. and Ireland. Have worked as a dishwasher, floor washer, textile mill labourer, construction labourer, pesticide sprayer, fire safety inspector, toy shop manager, women’s shoe shop manager, substance abuse counsellor, etc. currently working on new poetry collection :”The Women, a 46 year retrospective in poetry”
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Caribu & Sister Stones published by lapwing belfast
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never mind the other guy


never mind the other guy.

you need to ask yourself – what am i going to do to make the world a better place?

sit around and wait til i have a billion dollars or…

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Photographs from a Scorpion Night, by pd lyons


via Photographs from a Scorpion Night, by pd lyons

How You Look Today, by Pd Lyons


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How You Look Today

you ask for
softer clothes
something
complimentary
to nudity
you remember
types of
warm
lips
firm fingers
drapesing rhapsodly
you think of time
patiently
savouring lozgenly
past loves
live moments
even regret
luxurious
soon wrapping
silk confidence
check mate your way out
silver day bright
sheer white
high altitude blue
a waiting

blue hydrangea blue hydrangea

first published by the Galway Review 12.11.12

http://thegalwayreview.com/

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Loretta’s Piece a poem by pd lyons from The Women Retrospect


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(photographer unknown) (photographer unknown)

Loretta’s Piece
(12.09.73.)

Rose was first thought
remembering was coming
but put back almost worn out.

Now – when roses bloom
not trying for anything.

Now when I am and am not
then or pretty soon.

Now when words burn meaningless
giving warmth
to bodies
already left behind
the thoughts are all,
growing weeds
coiling snakes
blooming
gaping
the flesh we cared for
the planet we cared for
the stars we strived for.

a version of this was published by Thunder Clap 2010/2011

at this time I was a student at Crosby high school in Waterbury ct. I had been a poet for about 5-6 years since having decided  at the age of 12, to be one. Loretta was a class mate/friend/muse. we’d spend many an afternoon class sitting in the back talking and writing. its been a lifetime since I’ve seen her. she still lives in Connecticut…

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Because of You: A Look Back at 2018


Your Stories. Your Wall.

aug_rick whitacre The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Photo credit: Rick Whitacre

Because of you, VVMF can carry out its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era.

A few highlights of what we accomplished in 2018 because of YOU:

  • Hosted more than 5 million visitors at The Wall in Washington, D.C. including many veteran and student groups met by VVMF staff for tours and help with name rubbings.
  • Unveiled an all-new The Wall That Healsexhibit with a larger three quarter-scale Wall replica and all-new mobile Education Center. In 2018, The Wall That Heals visited 38 communities in 26 states to spread The Wall’s healing legacy to more than 400,000 visitors, including 35,000 Vietnam veterans. Guided tours of the exhibit were provided to nearly 21,000 students.
  • Installed a new and improved In Memory plaque that is raised…

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truth of youth


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stronger

sleeker

smarter

better

wet ourselves at the sight of each other

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memorial by pd lyons


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ever onward let me go
ever onward let me go home

this world of lamentation
these buds of easy bloom

you don’t know where
but i’ll find my way

so let me go

i’ll leave a little light for you – if i can

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When You Worship Swans No Longer Poetry By PD Lyons 30 March 2019


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“Everyone has their Vietnam” excerpt from At Hell’s Gate by Claude A. Thomas


 

And I would say that while we have to talk we don’t have to be foiled by limitations. Never a good idea to push too hard or go to fast. Some people can write books, speak up in public. Others may be able to do so in anonymous group settings or with a close friend or loved one. Maybe you start by talking to an empty room, alone on a forest walk or in your car? Or maybe you too will find that weeping into a pillow is the starting point. Where ever and how ever – the important thing is to begin. To speak truth, begin where you can and as you are able. Keep going at your own pace. The benefits will be amazing. With best wishes and every respect. – PD Lyons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shifting the focus from trauma to compassion


ACEs Too High

AHerz Dr. Arnd Herz

Dr. Arnd Herz, a self-described champion for ACEs science, would like nothing more than to witness a greater appreciation of how widespread adverse childhood experiences are. Herz, a pediatrician and director of Medi-Cal Strategy for the Greater Southern Alameda Area for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, would also like to encourage more people in health care to engage in a trauma-informed care approach, a change in practice that he says not only benefits patients, but also health care providers and their staff.

“It makes so much sense,” say Herz. “This is why I went into medicine. I don’t want to just click off diagnoses, but create relationships and help people by understanding them better, and trauma-informed care is just a way to bring compassion back into the care that we do.”

For the uninitiated, a trauma-informed approach includes an awareness that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common, knowing…

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