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Poems by Edna Heled

Angel No. 1111

Edna Heled

Published on
page 61 of Tarot #3
(Dec 2021)

It is summary time
we are summoned to show
what we gained, what we learned
what we chose to embrace
what we want to divorce

It is summary time
last grain in the hourglass
elapsed our moment
to observe, to reflect
to decipher our core

It is summary time
no adjournment is granted
we are called to the dock
to prove we have bettered
to prove we’ve improved

It is summary time
we can storm out of gates
to dance and rejoice
or drool with canine teeth
Damnatio ad bestias*

It is summary time
and the birds and the bees
and the grass and the trees
and the lands and the seas
are listening

Notes:
* Latin: “condemnation to beasts” as was practised in Rome’s Colosseum
Angel Number 1111 is a powerful symbol of the truth and purity. Seeing this number is a clear message from the Universe that it is time to find your own truth and align it with your life, your thoughts and your actions.
The illustration which accompanies this poem was used for the cover and internal border illustrations of Tarot #3

Invisible Knife

Edna Heled

Published on
page 19 of Tarot #2
(June 2021)

I need an invisible knife
To cut off the high heels of this ridiculous woman
Dancing wasted in front of my eyes on the jazz bar’s floor

I need an invisible knife
To cut off the flamboyant tie of this spiritual leader
Smiling into my ears from the screen by the door

I need an invisible knife
To cut off the sharpness of my husband’s words
Sinking into my heart while I sip the wine

I need an invisible knife
To cut off the worries from my daughter’s chest
Talking to my tears, saying it’s all just fine

I need an invisible knife
To cut off the essence
Of unstoppable me while I feel so alone

I need an invisible knife
To cut off the distance
Between the place where I live and the place I call home