trampoline freedom

flying high on a trampoline

Kate O’Kula, a friend of mine and a highly talented poet shared this poem on the Tiferet Journal. I thought it such a marvelous expression of the joy of living that I asked her for permission to share it with you. I hope it makes you fell like dancing too.

This is what went on in my body
as I was jump­ing on the tram­po­line this morning:

I’m five years old, in the bed­room
of our old house,
par­ents out;
my sis­ter and I
exor­cise our­selves,
unfurl­ing limbs
buried deep
in our pen­i­ten­tial souls

laugh­ing loonies
we throw pil­lows,
jump on the bed
– lev­i­tat­ing it clear off the floor –
until mom’s face
appears at the door­way
and we know the party’s over.

So, this is what went on in my body
as I was jump­ing on the tram­po­line this morning:

I’m air­borne again
launched into the mem­ory of fly­ing
before matu­rity clipped my wings
before con­for­mity seduced me
before I vol­un­teered for martyrdom.

This is where my spirit went
as I was jump­ing on the tram­po­line this morning:

I will jump on the tram­po­line until my legs give out;
I will boo­gie to Ain’t No Moun­tain High Enough
I will jump higher
kick my heels,
touch my toes front and back:
I can do the Mashed Potato, I can do the Twist
and I will love me, I will love me,
now that I can dance… dance,

watch me now!

 About Kate

Kate O’Kula became forever hooked on literature and writing when she won the eighth grade English award upon graduation from St. William’s Elementary School in Philadelphia. Her life took a radical turn when she joined a religious community and spent fifteen years working in the poorest sections of several cities in the northeast. As Executive Director of social service agencies and as a consultant, Kate focused most of her writing skills on achieving grants for services for children and families, strategic planning and facilitating change in non-profits.

Kate is a founding member of the Ocean State Poets where, besides helping develop organizational processes, she contributes to the group’s mission of “providing poetry circles for under­served groups.” She is part of a team of poets who meet with Medium Security inmates at ACI bi-weekly. Kate leads work­shops in memoir and poetry and is offering coaching in the strategic planning process for individuals as well as agencies.  She put together a chap book called Poets’ Voices, a compendium of poems from a group that has met for many years at the North Kingstown Library. She can be reached at: or 401 295-4263.

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