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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy

JOY'S POEMS ... "You G*d are the Compassion, the Strength, the Beauty, the Victory, the Splendor, and the Foundation of everything in Heaven and on Earth." (1 Chronicles 1:29) ... I see Your Face in All Nature that I photograph. ... ... http://joys-poems.blogspot.com/ . . . Click "Older Posts" on lower right of each post page for MORE earlier posted stories and art.



- Joy Krauthammer

by Joy Krauthammer

The Deronda Review cover poem & photo

reprinted from "The Deronda Review" Vol. IV No. 1 - Fall-Winter 2010-2011

Building A Poem
- Joy Krauthammer

Could 'building' be
one brick at a time
as progress is
one step at a time?

Baby steps for success
sometimes are essential.
A foundation, an intention. 
Steps go

Steps in the mind

My sister's health improves
she takes
one step at a time. 
Don't look back.
I remind my sister
G*D is with you.
She reminds me
"ABC Always be careful
Always be conscious."

Alphabet is
the building
of a poem.
My sister builds a new life.
She is a poem.


I learn the new iMac, 
my senior challenge
one step at a time.

Daughter warned me
"Mom, don't do it.
It's a learning curve."
kvell with my new
computer photo creations.

Will these moments' words
be my first poem
on my new computer?
Shehecheyanu moment
like G*d's sunrise painting.

Is building as
a poem is 
a word at a time?
Relationships killed, not built 
with wrong words.

Or is a poem
a visual image?
and not a word at all.*
Can a poem be a photo?
what you see
in one shot
and touches your soul.

Photo of a building
steps up,
sunrise shot
as G*d paints
and builds
a new day
for us to build upon

beginning with
fiery praise
and grateful prayer,
hearing G*d's words, Shema,
and then action, Mitzvot.

Baruch Hashem, I build
in Four Worlds, 
Spirit, Mind, Heart, Body.
               ~ ~ ~ 

(Magritte painted
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
An image is not the thing itself.
What does the Eiffel Tower
Is building a 'pipe dream'?)

BlesSings for building, health, wholeness, shalom and joy.




- Joy Krauthammer

As if in a labyrinth, every few feet
Heart of the Garden
© Joy Krauthammer

stopping my steps to focus, observe 
I walked around 
the small circular outdoor 
courtyard encircled by plants.

Low I bent down 
to inhale the enticing white azalea 
hoping in my heart it would be 
a gardenia in the garden
fill me with intoxicating fragrance.

Toward the end of my walk
in the slightly drizzly, grey afternoon
I came to the old wood double cushioned couch 
and spotted
cute little tender green clovers growing 
smack in the middle
between the cushions.

Can my 'seed dreams'
bloom as the clovers 
flourish in foreign land
an intersection
where bodies rest and 
landscapes of minds 
are redesigned?

Hmm, are the clovers really in the middle
or are they in a 'corner' at the intersection
of four cushions creating a couch?
No couch potatoes here, just couch clovers.

Couch Corners Clover
© Joy Krauthammer

 Ode to my "corners" and "attention"
Poetry Therapy Day teachers,
dedicated to 
Leslie Goldman, The Enchanted Gardener,
Blooming Humans

  ~ ~ ~

During a poetry writing workshop day, in joy and awe, I photographed the seeded clover growing in the cushions of an old wooden garden couch. Digitally, I altered my photo-- the cushions as the 4 chambers of the HEART of the Garden, growing in the most unusual location, where there is possibility and a new reality with vision. The clover awakens us to our heart's flow in the nurturing creative space. “Garden of the Heart” is inspired by a rainy city day, and “Blooming Humans" Day 1.

Love and BlesSings for creativity and blooming heart,
Joy Krauthammer

BlesSing for SPIRITED WOMAN Share Fest party day, 12/12/11.
May we all be blessed, in even the tiniest strangest corner of the universe, to find the place where we can be nourished and grow and be all that we can be. Couch clover I discovered and photographed in an LA building courtyard. © 2010

"Our 42 Day Blooming Humans series is here to assist in re-designing our inner landscape by shifting our focus into our Hearts and awakening to our role in Birthing New Reality.   By providing a common vision and focus, we are calibrating and unifying our Hearts, while maintaining a vibrant, creative space for integrating the power-filled energies arriving Now.  WoW!"
~ ~ ~

The Deronda Review back cover poem & photo
reprinted from "The Deronda Review", a journal of poetry and thought
Vol. IV No. 2 - Winter-Spring 2012