auditory healing

auditory healing




to the whoosh of waves within

as they crash and break

against your heart

 listen closely

 for passion’s surf

 newly present, revived

 along with pain

 that finds the vein

 where ore waits—glistening

 bleeding brilliantly

 blending the throb of loss

 with tomorrows’ promise-song

 rising as the moon bids tides

 in divergent and perplexing harmony


Bernadine Lortis


Along with reading, gardening, and dabbling in watercolor, Bernadine (Bernie) has been writing secretly and sporadically for years but began submitting in 2016 when family responsibilities lessened. Since then, fiction, creative nonfiction and over 25 poems have been published in online journals and print anthologies including Ariel Chart, Persimmon Tree, Mused-Bella Online, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Silver Birch Press, Millers Pond, Poetry Super Highway, Cosmo Funnel, Every Writer's Resource, Martin Lake Poetry, Haiku Universe and Lost Sparrow Press. She credits love of and respect for nature to growing up on a farm in S.W. Minnesota on the prairies of the Buffalo Ridge. With degrees in Interior Design, Adult and Elementary Education and Real Estate licensure, after a short time in San Francisco and Iowa she settled in St. Paul, MN, with her husband near their daughter.



  1. there certainly is healing from the sounds of nature. lovely poem.

  2. exquisite Bernie, "blending the throb of loss with tomorrows' promise..."

  3. LOVE the line, 'listen closely for passion's surf newly present'. It gives hope during the infinite healing period.

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