She walked away from Her past…

away from shouldering
life times of regret and longing.

She walked…
towards HerSelf.

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2019 Te’ Werner

©2019 Photo
Te’ Autumn Magic: Skyline Vista with Her Luna Girl







There is so much I feel… She said.

right now
most often really.

Life has a way of opening up the raw edges of our remembrance.

I hope you allow love and light into the shadows.

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2019 Te’ Werner

Te’ journal handwriting



I have never been to war to fight for freedom.
But I have crossed onto foreign soil
to take a stand.

I have never walked in your shoes
or experienced what you have.
But I have walked in mine.

I have not seen for my own eyes
the devastation of what you have.
But I have seen pictures that attempt to capture history.

I can tell you this…

You are brave.
You have walked or been carried.
You may feel so much grief that it grips
you unexpectedly 
in moment of great distress.

You may do your best to try and not see
the images playing reruns in your mind
yet they still may only appear more vivid
in the darkness of night.

You are alive. Breathing.

They taught you.
To be strong.
To keep your emotions in check.
Now only to be encouraged to share and feel all that seems so hard to reach.

Why am I alive?
Why not me instead of him or her?
Would I be better off dead then here right now feeling half alive?

Seeing helplessness in the mirror.
Reflected back in another eyes.

Can you know freedom that you have fought for us to celebrate?


How could She begin to possibly understand
or write about something that may bring hope or offer insight… when the furthest She has ever been away from home by HerSelf was 700 miles?

She does know of heart ache and loss.

Of loosing people close to Her due to accidents and sickness. Old age.
Of fighting personal battles in life with courage.

She has seen the devastation of cancer.
The ravages of a disease eating away at Her papa’s once handsome face.

She has Her own hidden emotional scars of feeling inadequate and afraid.
Feeling deep empathy for others that at times She cannot separate from HerSelf.

Yet She sits here in the bright morning sunlight.

The song of birds outside Her window.

How does this bring hope? Offer insight?
Through wielding of Her pencil as it etches its way across the page.

Why is She sitting here alone?
With a thought so distant from what She woke up with.

To write with such conviction
on a topic she feels strangely drawn to…


The long held sorrow that carries itself within you for a love, a life you will never fully know again.


Yet I write. As if I know first hand the battle scars you carry buried deep inside your soul. Darkening your spirit of trust. I applaud your bravery…

To take another breathe.
To take another step however painful.
To take another chance.

On living.
On yourself.
On life.

Thank you for your courageous bravery.

High Five to you Freedom Warrior!

©Te’ Werner
Revised excerpt from Trusting Warrior

© Photo
Te’ walking along the Klickitat Trail, WA


DREAMS Take Flight


Let your dreams take flight… She said

Whatever dreams you may have. I invite you let them take flight. For some of us that may mean letting our dreams go and creating new ones. Or simply trusting that the time is now for us to “take flight” ourselves. 

Dreams Take Flight 

Something shifted inside of Her.
Peace filled the places where fear had kept Her locked within HerSelf. 

She began to dream and believe in HerSelf.
Her dream took the first flight.

As I held my dying friend’s hand for the last time
I wondered what dreams she had also let die.

What dreams had she held onto that never took flight?

I knew as I walked away from telling her good bye
I would no longer hold unto my dreams…

I would set them free as I realized just how much
life force I had yet to give.

I would begin writing my journey to Triumph!

And, So She began.


Remembering 13 March
six years ago today

As I awaken gently
I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and well being.

As I walked along the river with my golden angel.
I felt my heart expand and touch the heavens.

It was only moments after sunrise
when I had awaken.

To learn that my dear friend
had taken her very last breath.

The earth sighed.
The eagles had taken their flight home.

I carried thoughts of her in my mind
repeating the tapes of yesterday.

How long had I watched her hold on?
Never wanting to give up.
To fight until then end.

She gave me the determination,
To listen to what is real and true for myself.

And I began again to write
with a passion well deserved.

Heaven and earth met yesterday
As you passed from this life, unto the next.

Thank you for the nine and a half years of friendship
watching eagles together and talking of health and life.

My vitality merged with your failing body.
My sunshine met the darkness of your disease.

Today we can all gather to remember you
As we each knew you to be.

Until we meet again
I will look for you when the eagles takes flight
returning late next fall.

So that we may soar together once again.

Amy M., my fellow river warrior and dear friend.
I send you every blessing for this moment in time.

River Warrior
10 October 1956 – 13 March 2013

May you find the courage to let dreams take flight… She said 

High Five to Your Triumph!

©Te’ Werner

©2019 Photo
Te’ marveling at the magnificence sunset; Horse Heaven Hills, WA




Go play… She said.

Sometimes as writers we push ourselves to get something on the page. Anything. Even a word.

The more we seem to force our thoughts to make contact with what it is we think we need to be doing is usually the time for us to get up go outside and create magic.

I don’t know about you but sometimes a girl just has to go outside…brave the elements and play!

There is freedom in taking time to go play.

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2019 Te’ Werner

©2019 Photo
Te’ “Winter Magic” playing with Her Luna Girl







Have patience with yourself… She said

As a writer we often push ourselves
to get a word onto the page.

To express a thought.
To recapture a memory.
To tell a story.
To simply write.

Perhaps today one sentence is enough.
Who knows where it may lead…

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2019 Te’ Werner

©2019 Photo Te’
“Winter Magic” along the river’s edge; Cowlitz River, WA



It takes as long as it takes…She said.
Sometimes longer.  

It does not matter in the grand scheme of life how long it takes to reach your goal.

A decade. A lifetime. 

What matters is your working towards your goal in this lifetime.

It’s called LIFE…She said.

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2018 Te’ Werner
Excerpt from HER RISING

©2018 Photo
Te’ hiking; Horse Heaven Hills, WA


Where is your courage to rise? She asked

It takes a great deal of courage

to rise up
to face your own self
to see your life as it is
to accept that you can forgive yourself
to embrace your own rising with joy.

As She raised Her face upward…
know that courage is within you to rise. 

High Five to Your Triumph!

©Te’ Werner
2018 Excerpt from HER RISING

©2018 Photo
Te’ sky gazing Horse Heaven Hills


Sometimes… She said
you need to remember to be in the moment.

This glorious moment
of enjoying your life.

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2018 Te’ Werner

©2018 Photo
Te’s handwritten morning journal inspiration

This time She needed to not just draw or pull away from… So, She began.