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by Maggs Vibo

She dives headfirst into mustard seeds.
Heaps of matted hues piled up high
Steadfast imagery, but she says to me,
“I wholeheartedly dream I die.”

She climbs ladders and knows not the matter,
Or the potential for danger below.
A fateful spring appears
She knows not to fear
Diving into tears
Screams out…“Why?”

“Translate what it means,”
She asks pleadingly.
I speak parables
She will know,
“You leapt headfirst into mustard seeds—
Swept up faithful love piled sky high.”

Maggs Vibo served in the Army from 2000-2004 as a Brigade Supply Sergeant. She considers providing toilet paper to buddies, burning waste, and pulling security her most important missions at Tallil Air Base in Iraq. In 2011, she earned a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and MA in Liberal Studies. Maggs Vibo has first person images featured at the philosophy website for Douglas Harding Her other pieces on Harding’s method of self-inquiry, are collaborations with French writer, José Le Roy. As the granddaughter of a Native American, Vibo believes storytelling through art continues the oral traditions of her Sac and Fox Nation ancestors. She currently teaches science and cultural history as a docent at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Hawaii.

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