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Biography:

Faith, a native of Sedalia, Mo., is the freelance food writer for “The Sedalia Democrat” newspaper. She has contributed feature articles to national and regional magazines such as “Missouri Life,” “The Lake Magazine,” “Birds & Blooms,” and “Country Discoveries.” She is also and a nationally recognized and award winning nature and fine art photographer.

For the last three years she has devoted time to writing poetry. Her work is taking a turn toward addressing social issues such as PTSD, substance abuse, military veteran’s problems, homelessness and sickness.

Faith has been asked to present her poetry at the World War I Commemoration Service at the Pettis County Courthouse, at the Entertainment Extravaganza for the Helen G. Steele Music Club and Sorosis, Sedalia, Mo., for the 4th Annual Montserrat Poetry Festival in Montserrat, Mo., and at the 4th Annual Mother’s Against Meth-amphetamine Conference in Branson, Mo.

Her poem titled, “Little Boo Boo Walks,” addressing the consequences of children living in homes dealing methamphetamine, is to be included in an academic book by Dr. George Hendricks professor of sociology at Webster University, Fayetteville, N.C.

Faith is the author of two books of poetry, “Toward the Sun, a Marriage of Photography and Poetry,” and “Precious Parcels.”

www.BemissPhotography.com

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Faith Bemiss 05 14 2011

Click to listen to Faith Bemiss 05 14 2011

15min 15secs

Performed:
May 14th 2011 at the Wine and More in downtown Sedalia

Mama’s Hair
Hawk Eyed Agnes
The Healing World


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The Healing World

The Healing World

The darker nature of the healing world,
hidden down corridors, behind closed doors,
where wounded soldiers are stashed and stained,
unhealing in their wounds,
seeping sickness no one can cure.
T.V. crews tour the immaculate halls reporting
miracles and hasty cures,
never seeing behind the wall in the darkness,
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Hawk Eyed Agnes

Hawk Eyed Agnes

Now Sister Agnes was a steely, spindly woman,
who wore gray matron clothes and black lace up shoes.
She sat ram-rod straight in her wooden pew, face toward the front–
three rows back, on the left–
she took no flack from adults or kids.
And, if you sat close enough, and talked enough during holy worship hour,
she thump you on the head with withered paw,
stare you straight in the eye, and say “mash that mouth shut!”
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Mama’s Hair

Mama’s Hair

Mama’s hair used to be brown,
My first memory of her, is being rocked in her arms,
nuzzled against the comfort of her big bosom
while she sang an off-tune lullaby,
her short brown hair crowning her head.
When I was three, mama dyed her hair black,
She took one looked in the mirror
and croaked,
“Oh God what have I done!”
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