Riches and Rhymes

The Poetry and Writing of Janis Gaines

Wash, Dry, Repeat

When you speak,
There’s green slime
All over my soul,
Except when it’s black
And heavy,
Meant to suffocate me
Here where I stand,
Buried alive.

When I was young,
I would lose my way in this mess
And cry myself to sleep at night,
Wondering why all this darkness
Had happened to me.
I wanted to be free.

And now I know better.
I can be clean of your words
And wash these wounds,
Just as easily as washing my hands
Whenever I choose.

I no longer have to lose myself.
I can love myself
With better words
And brighter colors.
I am loved,
I am worthy.
Wash, dry, repeat.
It doesn’t matter how dark
Or dirty you get;
I am clean.

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© July 5, 2018
Tryon, NC

 

 

 

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Interview in Clay Mag

Incandescence

This week, I was honored to be interviewed by Aina Do in Clay Magazine for The Potter’s School!

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January 2018

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Like Peering Through Glass

Like peering through glass
I see your soul, transparent
In all its kaleidoscope colors
Fine art on display
Onlookers marvel and wonder
How you were made
Like exotic creatures in a cage
And the signs all around say,
“Caution! Do not touch!”

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© December 26, 2017
Tryon, NC

Bruschetta

I make this almost every week and eat for lunch or snack. It’s quick, fresh, and healthy. Super easy and yummy! Posting here for my daughter and will add pics next time I make it. 🙂

Ingredients

4 Roma tomatoes, diced

1/4 red onion, diced

1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

2-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1-2 tablespoons olive oil OR pesto – OPTIONAL

1-2 tablespoons basil or Italian seasonings

Parmesan cheese

salt, pepper to taste

garlic bagel chips

 

Directions

  1. Dice tomatoes and onions. Add to container.
  2. Add garlic.
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  4. Add salt and seasonings to taste.
  5. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired

    Lasts up to one week in the fridge.
    Serve with garlic bagel chips.

© December 2, 2017
Tryon, NC

Corn Potato Chowder

This is a new favorite recipe that I’ve just learned to make; I make a vegan version. It’s super tasty and easy to make! Perfect for winter. It makes a lot so this is a great dish to make ahead and eat on for the week. Freezes well. Posting here for my daughter and will add pics next time I make it. 🙂

Ingredients

4-6 potatoes, bite size chopped. I use yellow golds for this stew.

1 box veggie broth (could use chicken broth if preferred or 4 cans)

1 onion, chopped

1-2 cups baby carrots, chopped

2 cans creamed corn

1 can peas or butter beans – OPTIONAL

1 cup nutritional yeast OR can sub cream of celery (or chicken) soup

1-2 tablespoons of thyme

salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash

 

Directions

  1. Chop all veggies. Add to stew pot.
  2. Add ½ to ¾ box of veggie broth to cover veggies and half the pot.
  3. Add creamed corn. Do not drain.
  4. Add peas or beans if desired.
  5. Add nutritional yeast or cream of celery soup, whichever you decide to use.
  6. Add 2-4 tablespoons of thyme
  7. Salt and pepper, seasoning to taste. I use Mrs. Dash.
  8. Heat on medium until well blended. Stir often and make sure there’s enough liquid so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Keep adding veggie broth or water as needed.
    Simmer and serve.
    Makes 4-6 servings

© December 2, 2017
Tryon, NC

Brunswick Stew

This is one of our favorite family recipes that my kids always loved; now I make a vegan version. It’s super tasty and easy to make! It makes a lot so this is a great dish to make ahead and eat on for the week. Freezes well. Posting here for my daughter and will add pics next time I make it. 🙂

Ingredients

1 lb ground meat or veggie crumbles

V8 juice

1 can peas

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1 can cream corn

Worchester sauce

Apple cider vinegar

1 bottle ketchup

Mustard or honey mustard

 

Directions

  1. Brown the meat in a skillet. Drain grease. Add to stew pot.
  2. Add ½ to ¾ bottle of V8 to cover the meat and half the pot.
  3. Add canned ingredients. Drain peas. Do not drain creamed corn.
  4. Add 1-2 cups of ketchup. Usually half the bottle.
  5. Add 3-4 tablespoons of mustard
  6. Add 1-3 tablespoons of Worchester sauce
  7. Add 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. To taste – this gives it a kick.
    You can add more but not take away, so start small.
  8. Salt and pepper, seasoning to taste. I use Mrs. Dash.
  9. Heat on medium until well blended. Stir often and make sure there’s enough liquid so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Keep adding V8 or water as needed.
    Simmer and serve.

    Makes 4-6 servings

    Tastes even better the next day!

© December 2, 2017
Tryon, NC

Coma

A silent breath
And again…
In and out.
No noise heard,
But a constant numbing hum.
I check for a pulse —
Steady, regulated blips.
My soul has morphine on drip.
They say it’s better this way.
Too much culture shock
Can kill, so they say
It’s better to stay still.
So please do not disturb
My dreamless, endless sleep
Wake me when
It’s safe to be
Me
Again…
In and out.

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© August 11, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Kites and Time

Who has kites and time for this –
To follow every whim and bliss.
Be ready when the wind blows.

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© April 6, 2017
Tryon, NC

The One Question

What’s the one question that you need to ask –
The one that you can take to task.
What’s the one question that erases all blame –
The one question that can clear your name.
What’s the one question where mercy lies –
And eliminates need for masks and alibis.
What’s the one question that brings the light –
That conquers fear and ends the fight.
What’s the one question that sets men free –
Whether we’re talking about you or me.
What’s the one question that lets love live –

Can you forgive?

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© April 6, 2017
Tryon, NC

Breadcrumbs

I’ve left breadcrumbs on the trail —
On this dark, windy path through the forest,
Where small footprints tread softly.

What were you thinking, really,
Heading that way in the first place?
Like Hansel and Gretel — did you find
Yourself seduced by a glitter-thing and
A sweet treat?
Some fabled fairy tale of freedom?
“Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.”

When you find yourself in a witch’s
Fun-house of horrors, eat this bread,
And drink this cup
To find your way home.

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© February 7, 2017
Tryon, NC