Susan Rogers considers poetry a tool for the exchange of positive energy. She is also a practitioner of Sukyo Mahikari— a spiritual practice that promotes positive thoughts, words and action. Her work can be found in Poets on Site chapbooks, Chopin and Cherries, the Southern California Haiku anthology Shell Gathering, and journals such as Ribbons. It is also part of the audio tour for the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California.



Grateful Conversations

By Susan Rogers

Everything we have we’re given
in love to use in love, in grace.
There is nothing we alone have written.

We are but a conversation
of light, through this exchange we trace
everything we have. We’re given

sour and sweet, lemon, raisin
and grain to bind them into place—
there is nothing we alone have written.

We eat cakes but have forgotten
their origin. We have erased
everything. We have, we’re given

we breathe, we look, we talk, we listen.
We have welcomed gifts we embrace.
Yet there is nothing we alone have written.

Watch sunset turn to a ribbon.
Remember honey and its taste.
Everything we have we’re given.
There is nothing we alone have written.

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  • Millicent December 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Just a wonderful poem Susan!

  • Maxine Hope December 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    The poetry of cakes and honey is rich and satisfying like a warm dessert.

  • Kenny December 20, 2011 at 11:59 am


  • Lois December 20, 2011 at 2:10 am

    When it comes to being grateful I think of those persons in my life whose conversations have found their way into the very core of my poetry and being. You are such a person Susan.

    Through our ever evolving interactions, you have set the foremost example of the power of compassion in our daily lives. If there is any voice for change in this world, let there be more compassion! Forgive my public display of affinity but you deserve the highest accolades for your unselfish nature. You have been a friend to me and to others through difficult times and you have celebrated our victories and expansion.

    Your generosity is exemplified in your life — always attempting to think the best of someone, making others feel valued and included in your world.

    You are the kind of artist that is easiest to love — a talented creator, poet, photographer, painter, and spiritual practitioner that gives without measure.

    I am ever grateful for the conversation of your friendship and poetry.


  • Lizzie December 20, 2011 at 12:18 am


  • John Stuart December 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    This poem has the beat and feel of a song and the soulfulness of a prayer.

  • lana frankel December 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I love this poem. It makes me remember the importance of being grateful for what we have and how lucky we are to be alive. It carries a force in it that suggests the energy of creation. And it sounds like a song to me. Thank you for sharing it here.