Sometimes I write poetry

Tahlequah’s Daughter 

What sort of resolve does it take
to keep your own head afloat after the loss of a mother?
…Or a child?

What is that magic combination
of will and tenacity
that can reignite a drive to go on
What does it take to swim
the depths –
and haul the sinking to the surface
push them along in reverence
while the waves crash and rock in protest
threatening your own demise

Is it instinct?
Doesn’t love lift us?
Doesn’t love awaken?

Doesn’t love penetrate the darkness,
down into the depths
And reach down to say,

Eventually, you must leave the darkness-
There is no air there.
Eventually, you must let go
and swim solo
back to the surface
Leave the dead behind
(there is no air there)
and be again.

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Rebecca Cramer, raised in Oklahoma City, OK, had her first job in design, layout, and printing of concert posters for artists like B.B, King, Bobby Blue Bland, and Wanda Jackson at her family’s offset and lithography business, Colorcraft Poster Company. Her career history includes editing and managing the review process for The American Ornithologists’ Union’s magazine The Auk, as well as teaching English at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In 2008 she completed a Master’s in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) at Oklahoma City University. One constant has been Becca’s love for the arts and her penchant for creating, and she approaches design and construction from an artist's perspective. She has worked such diverse media as silver-smithing, collage, and found-item art. She loves repurposing things others throw away into something useful and beautiful. Early on, Becca displayed a passion for makeup early, when at the age of two she broke into her grandmother’s lipstick stash and applied lipstick to herself, the vanity, and the walls. In June 2012, she moved to Denver to become a makeup artist. Under the name Becca Be, and Fetch, her work has appeared in several fashion publications, including Dark Beauty, Jute, and Kai’outi magazines. She has also worked with designers for Denver Fashion Week, and with ADCD’s Paper Fashion Show (both as artist, and Production Designer).

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