Abandon:: a poem by Dominique Barrentine 

Abandon:: 

a poem by:

Dominique Barrentine


Quietly I whisper my fears

To the Lord I give it all 

My burden is nothing

Innocently I cry with faith

Hopeful of the future 

My fear is nothing

Lonely I reach upwards

Inward I reach for the spirit

My reality is nothing

Honestly I try for love sake

Trying not to shake/break

My pain is nothing

Hopefully I teach love

Pouring into everyone 

My life is nothing


-Dominique Barrentine 

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Californian Flowers Walking Dog in the Sunshine

Walking Oy in the sunshine is one of my new favorite things. I recently started trading artist cards so I needed to walk down to the mailbox. So I leashed up my little Chihuahua and we went for a nice walk. Just because it’s nearly 100 degrees outside we aren’t going to stop having fun. So we enjoyed a leisurely pace and saw some lovely Oleanders along the way. I have one happy little hot dog now! 
White, Red and Pink Oleander seems to be constantly blooming around here. It has always been one of my favorite flowers. I find the delicate beauty mixed with its toxic nature to be balanced well. Even when the lovely blooms fade these delicious (or not so) green foliage is pretty to look at year round. Just don’t let your kids or pets eat it and you should be fine! 

-Dominique Barrentine

Ps: if you like emotional stories about strong creative females check out the book, “White Oleander,” one of my all time favorites. 

Revelations and Revolutions:: A poem by: Dominique Barrentine

Revelations and Revolutions::

A poem

by: Dominique Barrentine

A child’s laugh breaks 
The silence that overwhelmed us now filling the empty spaces 
Between innocence and maturity perhaps something close to a tear 
Sliding down and breaking
In the quiet darkness our minds wander to distant places, people, things
Revolving around appearances without any concern for truth
Don’t let the innocent disappear broken into the night
Embrace the uncomfortableness of change without fear
Step boldly into the space

The distance is nothing

Compared to the truth
We make the simple things complicated 
We break ourselves instead of embracing those imperfections
Beauty lies in the cracks

Secretly we cry

Alone we die
Never giving ourselves the chance to fully blossom 
Hiding the wrinkles and pretending on the outside
Waking alone without knowing where we are going 
Giving up control seems impossible
Ancient habits controlling our every move
Pretending becomes a full time job and nothing seems right
Until we give up control we can never know the truth 
The only way…

The truth, the light eludes so many but is available to all who seek reality
Wake up and abandon the life of sleep walking 
Reach to the heavens with true weakness bearing this honest beauty for all to see devoid of fear
Know that you are loved

Bringing the Love of Jesus to Seattle Pride


Hatred runs rampant in our country, infiltrating the hearts and minds of the people; if not combated hate will most certainly consume you. If not for love where would we be? Our homeland would be a dark place with no joy, no hope, and no peace. 


The scripture I want to share with you and with everyone comes from 1 John. 


Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is Love. 

1 John 4:7-8 new King James 


My mission for pride was to spread the love of Jesus to a community that continues to feel judgement and hatred from the Christian community. I hand crafted these rainbows for the festival, attached, scriptures and handed them out all around Seattle yesterday. I talked to so many different people from various backgrounds and loved on my sister and her friends. The conversations I had were mostly pleasant and overall it was a very fun Sunday. 

It breaks my heart that haters can spread their darkness and claim to be Christians. Jesus would be ashamed of this…


No No No NO NOOOO!!!!

A thousand times no.
Please stop this vileness.
God does not hate you! He loves every one of his children from the little innocent babies to the murderers and everyone in between. He despises sin… Which we all have. Including the men holding these signs. 

During Jesus’ time there were thousands of religious laws that the leaders (not Jesus) enforced for fear of hell and damnation. But there is GOOD NEWS!!! God sent his beloved only child to this earth to form a new covenant… The past is left behind. Through His death and resurrection we are saved and made perfect in the Lord’s eyes so that when he looks at us he doesn’t see us or our sin but he sees his child on the cross. 

When Jesus is asked, “So what laws should we follow?” His response was simple…

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind… Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37

This is so simple! 

Love 

Love

Love

It’s all you need.

I abandoned a few small art pieces that go along with this “God is Love” theme for others to find. 


I’m sharing this experience of mine in hopes of inspiring other Christians to do the same. After walking the parade when we came to the Pacific Science Center they had booths set up like any other festival. There were some selling things and others giving things away for free… The scientologists had a booth as did the atheists, the satanists, the humanists, and others all had booths to spread their message… There was not a Christian booth… We were represented mainly by hatred filled people screaming and yelling, cursing the LGBTQ community to hell. This has got to change. Next year we should all go to show the love of Jesus. 
Sure there are things that may or may not make you feel uncomfortable such as light drug use and heavy nudity… But should we let that stop us from ministering to this community and forming bonds with people who are not like ourselves in some ways? We are all the same in the end. 
So I ask you this… Does it really matter who someone loves? 
Personally I don’t condone casual sex because of my history and also other reasons. But there are seasons in everyone’s lives… Some people have seasons of casual sex, others have addictions and other afflictions. Everyone should feel comfortable going to Church, worshiping the Lord, and forming a personal relationship with Christ. Leave the rest up to God… 


Gay people are people… 

They have bodies

We all have hearts

Let’s try to use them

That would be a start

White, brown, black, blue

God loves you

No matter what you do

You cannot escape 

The love of God

All encompassing

All inclusive

And gender neutral

Love is love

Is love

Is love

God is love


Another part of my mission was to share the brand, “if not for love.” This nonprofit started by Esther Little helps support refugees. For every t-shirt bought you also supply a shirt to a refugee. I passed out these stickers and a couple bags. If not for love.com


Thanks to everyone who helped make this Pride perfect! A special shout out to all the service men and women who made sure things stayed safe for everyone. We had so much fun. I look forward to doing more next year…Who knows maybe we can have a Christian based booth to help combat the enemy in the LGBTQ community?

-Dominique Barrentine

Beauty. a short poem by: Dominique 

Beauty: A short poem

By: Dominique Barrentine 

4:09 Tuesday, June 14th 2016, California 

Beauty


Beauty 

Oh Beauty 

How you haunt me

Everywhere I go

My beauty, you follow me

Are you a blessing 

Or really a curse

My body a vessel

Temporary shell on earth 

One day will I escape

No more empty stares

Cat calls will be silenced

We never asked for that

How come you cry out

It’s not me that you see

But my body, my beauty

It’s not real

It’s not me

I am more than my body.

-Dominique 

Passionate Expression of Empathy by: Dominique Barrentine

ADULT CONTENT WARNING:: This blog post concerns sensitive material concerning rape and may be triggering or offensive to some people.  I am outraged and deeply saddened when I hear of cases such as the State of California vs. Brock Turner. Our legal system is demented when rapists are given a slap on the wrist. How is it that so many people can look the other way? Unfortunately rapists are all around us. The sex offender registry is a joke. We need new judges, new laws, and steeper consequences. I think the book should be thrown at this kid and all others like him. Rape is wrong. 

When it happens to other people
They say how sad, 

They say poor thing, 

But when it happens to you it’s different, 

It’s everything. 

How can they sit there and tell me to get over it? 

This pain inside is unreal. 

They say that it gets easier but how long will it take? 

If I continue on with this inward struggle I’m afraid I might break. 

I try my best to hide it. 
I cry silently.
Stifling the sobs and inside screaming. 
Compartmentalization has become a full time job. 
Enjoying anything is difficult. 
Sometimes I hate myself so badly. 
I wish I had fought them off. 
Almost all of the men I knew abused me…used me… 

I forgive them.

Why can’t I forgive myself?

I feel betrayed and alone. 
Often I hide it with a smile. 
I try and I try to be whole and happy. 
But something is lost when you’re rapped. 

I pray for my healing because I don’t feel strong enough anymore. 
I am a Christian now because I needed a savior. 
The pain inside me is constant and excruciating. 
Try as I might I cannot ignore it for long. 
Tears roll down my cheeks without my permission. 

“I’m over it.” I say out loud. 

It has been so long. 

Why am I not over it??? 

I cannot get over it.

What should I do? 

Oh God. 

You are the only one… 
These are not tears but prayers of salt and water leaving me and releasing the pressure. 
I tell myself out loud to breathe. 
Tension is the devil and pain is only a tool being used to cripple and silence me. 

The fear and paranoia is from the enemy. 

I pray for protection and peace. 
It makes me so sad…

…to look around and see others suffer the same ways. 
I know I am not alone in this. 

Sometimes that makes it worse… 

I feel for all of those in pain. 

I feel this deeply. 

It hurts to know others are feeling this violation and pain. 

Others, all over are experiencing it right now and I cry out for them. 

Oh how I wish He would take it away. 

One day perhaps when we die I can see the true reasons why. 

For now I try not to cry. 

-Dominique Barrentine 

Herbs to brew into Immune Boosting tea


We all feel a little ill every now and then. Often times we get sick from “germs” which are bacteria, viruses, and other particulates floating around us all the time. Depending on your exposure and how well your unique immune system is working will determine whether or not you get sick. Some people have better immune systems then others. 


Most people know there are ways to boost your immune system. Plan ahead when you know exposesure is likely, such as when teaching children or traveling. It is a good idea to improve immunity. Some people take flu shots (introducing the germ into the system) others use vitamins or powdered products targeted at raising your immune system. You probably think of vitamin C first…


Vitamin C is an excellent immune booster and helps with many functions in our bodies. It is important that we always get lots of this vitamin through eating things like fresh fruit and vegetables where they are most easily digested. When we consume the food raw it contains the most nutrition and unlike supplements it is %100 natural. Fruit and vegetables are so very important. 


There are other ways to get natural vitmins as well, such as herbal teas. I love brewing my own teas with herbs I collect specificly as a medicine cabinet. My cupboard has many immune boosting herbs that I mix together when I’m feeling under the weather. 


Here is a short list of the herbs I’m going to use now. I think I might be a little sick so I’ll make some tea! 

  • Parsley Leaf
  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Red Clover Flower
  • Nettle Leaf
  • Hibiscus Flower
  • Lemon Balm

Also try marshmallow root, dandelion root, parsley root, and slippery elm if you have already have a sore throat. 

Any of these herbs can be used alone or in combination with the others for a Super Vitamin C boost from nature. Personally I’m going to take a pinch of each, put it into a strainer, pour boiling water over and cover for five minutes. Then I like to taste the brew. If it tastes too strong or bitter I add a generous SQUEEEEze of agave or local honey (which helps cure allergies, especially pollen) to sweeten to taste. 


Now rest + tea = healthy

So I’m going to drink this and take a nap… Maybe even a bath with those rose petals left over from my anniversary. Nothing calms me better then a warm bath. Remember stress reduces the immune system and the whole body’s ability to function properly. 

I hope this helps someone looking to use more herbs in their life. Enjoy this natural remedy for general health. I’m not a doctor, of course this isn’t medical advise, but Thank God for the Plants and Animals ❤️🐸🌱🍊🌿🐝💤

-Dominique Barrentine