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Standing at the Border

A reflection on “The New Colossus”  by Emma Lazarus


I thought I was

a lighthouse. I

raised my hand for the job.


I thought myself a

beacon of refuge at the

door of dreams. Shining

with invitation

I turned away

no one. It was not mine to

give, this air of

freedom; it was only mine

to welcome.


Weathered, jaded

no longer alight

with idealism, would

that I could

set down my lamp

and my words

and with

both hands free,

gather my own.





Thank you to Spirit Caller Magazine for publishing another poem of mine:


Spectacles by Lurana Brown

Thank you to Postcard Poems and Prose for publishing my poem!

Art Credit - PP&P Staff Art Credit – PP&P Staff

Lurana Brown is a palliative massage therapist and pianist and is studying to be a midwife-to-the-dying. She operates her business as a gift economy. She’s been called oversensitive, serious, and most of all idealistic, but she’s sticking with her laissez-faire faith that light can break through any darkness. She thinks the most beautiful things in the world are wilderness and grace. Lurana’s poems have been published by the Blue Hour, Shoe Music Press, Shout Out UK, Spirit Caller Magazine, S/tick, and Swimming with Elephants. She can be found at and has a few illustrated poems available at Redbubble:

The author wearing her most favorite pants ever. The author wearing her most favorite pants ever.

Looking less serious at a luau. Looking less serious at a luau.

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Keeping Company

Keeping company in the dark

our eyes grow accustomed

to each other’s shadows.


It was shades of gray all along

with shapes less fearful

for familiarity.


Let us not be forced

into harsh, unwelcoming brightness

but wait for a more gentle dawn



“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Lines in the Sand

“Flags make poor cover for displaced children…” Thank you to ShoutOut UK for publishing another of my poems:

My guest post on the Kindness Blog! 🙂

Kindness Blog

‘To Be Kind’ by Lurana brown

kindness photo

“Love is little, love is low. Love will make our spirits grow.

Grow in peace, grow in light. Love will do the thing that’s right.”

– Shaker hymn

Love wears many faces, such as kinship, passion, and forgiveness. It shines through any act that willingly gives the “other” the same or greater esteem that we give ourselves. Kindness is a form of love that includes compassion and generosity, and seeks to grant comfort, dignity, or joy. Like gentleness, it is not so much an emotion as it is an expression of love.

To be kind is to offer words and actions as gifts. There is empathy in kindness that notices another’s needs or shortcomings, and then grace that offers to cover them unasked. There is encouragement that aligns with potential, and respect that speaks to the nobility in others. There is humility in kindness…

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