⁠Memoir of a Barefoot Oracle:

A Poetic Rite of Passage

⁠By: Jocelyn Ffriend

About⁠ the book

I wrote this poetry during some very intense initiations - from 2015 to 2020 I became a mother, my mother became an ancestor, I became a tantric yogini and completely changed my relationship to my body, to sensation, and to pleasure. These poems were birthed within me during those processes and represent the rites of passage that initiated me into womanhood as I understand it now. I am continually inspired by the human condition, by our yearning for ever more connection to ourselves and to each other, and by our divinity. I am inspired by the body and writing poetry is a somatic practice for me.

Enjoy a poem from the book 



Chest to chest

Hand to neck

Pelvis to pelvis

Breath to breath

Inhale to exhale

Thank you to thank you

Heartbeat to heartbeat

Moving the room

Expansion to contraction

Like rain on dust

Or courage on trust

Being suspended

Between time and space like this

is a must

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About the Author

Jocelyn Ffriend⁠

Rev. Jocelyn Charlene Ffriend is a Minister of Pleasure who celebrates the sensual in all things. Inspired by the mystery of Life from a young age, she has been writing poetry for as long as she can remember. Now as a Rebel Mama and Community Catalyst she continues to pursue her pleasure of liberating self, source, and others through parenting, poetic language, financial planning, Tantra, and community organizing.

She is a Certified Financial Services Professional, Authentic Tantra® Practitioner, and Peri-Steam facilitator in her hometown of New Rochelle, NY. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a degree in Romance Languages.

In her spare time, she loves to create unique herbal medicinals, pass on her love of tennis to the next generation, travel the world, and tend to her backyard garden.

Memoir of a Barefoot Oracle is her first collection.

About the Illustrator: Dr. Amelia E. Jones, L.Ac. is a scholar warrior healer. She actively practices Chinese medicine, Tomiki aikido, painting and calligraphy.