Be the change you wish to see in the world — be the change you fear.

Serve it up in bite-size pieces and make peace with it because resistance is futile.

Change comes and change comes and change comes
and you change and you change and you change.

Extra change in your pocket
is just reserve for the next detour.


Better to live in fluidic space, liquid and organic,
bending time, not biding,
moving from here to there effortlessly.


Because an object at rest stays at rest
but an object in motion stays in motion

and we all know it’s the motion in the ocean that counts.

©Jen Payne. This poem appears in the Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology, Our Changing Environment. To purchase your copy, click here.

Rain Mantra

The rain comes gentle this morning

says: there are things that come and go

says: for all rain, there is also sun

taps out Quiet, Quiet, Quiet

on leaves like a mantra

louder than the train whistle

and steady increase of cars

that say: another day begins

and birds who sing: no matter the rain

in a hopeful tune

that’s hard to ignore.

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. Image: Rain Shower, Eyvind Earle

Timely Reminder

When is it not a good time for a refresher course in Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements?

Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

Don’t Take Anything Personally: 
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Don’t Make Assumptions: 
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always Do Your Best: 
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Photo ©2018, Jen Payne. Text from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz.


Cut from the brink

of the first frost

bold pink roses blooming

in a crystal vase nearby

make me wonder this:

do we sometimes need

to be cut sharply from

what we know in order

to come fully into

our true purpose,

to be big and bold

and of a nature

that poets could write


Photo & Poem ©2018, Jen Payne

12 Steps for Self-Care

1. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.

2. Say exactly what you mean.

3. Don’t be a people pleaser.

4. Trust your instincts.

5. Never speak poorly about yourself.

6. Never give up on your dreams.

7. Don’t be afraid to say No.

8. Don’t be afraid to say Yes.

9. Be KIND to yourself.

10. Let go of what you can’t control.

11. Stay away from Drama & Negativity.

12. LOVE!

Source: Change Your Thoughts Today. Image: In front of the mirror (Lus-ik), Martiros Sarian.

Cape Included

I am coveting
her red and purple cape
the fun parade of stars
and stripes
it has stripes!
and a matching hat!
with golden wings!
for flying
(or angelic inspiration?)
I want to be like her
“super awesome”
able to leap tall buildings
conquer the fear
the doubt
the worry

the general day-to-day

we should all come with capes!

Poem ©2017, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month, 6. Image of Flying Super Hero Costume used with permission from Lane Huerta of lovelane designs. For more super awesome designs, visit her Etsy shop HERE.

The Great Puzzle

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?” ― Gabrielle Roth

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

7 Years: With Heartfelt Gratitude

Today, I am celebrating my 2,555th day as a non-smoker! Here, seven years later, it may feel effortless, but I will tell you that quitting smoking was the hardest and bravest effort of my life.

It was something I could only do by myself. And yet something that required the full support of everyone I knew. I remain forever grateful to each and every one of them.

They…you…saved my life.

With love,