February 02, 2013


I first saw Dominique perform at the Lohas Conference in 2012. Seeing her in person you get a full-on dose of her power. She has an other-worldly gift: when she speaks, the sound of her voice reaches down and grabs something so deep in your heart, you come undone.
You don’t know where it’s coming from. You don’t expect it. You sit with curiosity, intrigue, perhaps waiting to be entertained or inspired. And then it happens. Tears are streaming down your face. All thoughts dissolve and your mind is silent.  It’s just the pure essence and energy of being present in that moment, hanging on to the edge. of. each. word. It’s the words, but it’s not the words. It’s something deeper. The words are just the structure, the vehicle for her to deliver her packets of energy–love letters that go straight to your heart.
flower poem dominique


I invited Dominique to Phoenix to write a poem for you. I picked her up from the airport one morning and brought her to our offices. I talked about flowers, nature, our work, and how we wish to benefit the whole world ... and then she sat down with her iPad and wrote. And wrote. And wrote. A poem. Right there and then. Just like that. After lunch she performed. And we wept, standing there listening, letting her voice wash over us, brushing tears off of our cheeks. Even David, the photographer, held his breath watching her in action - it took his breath away. Dominique recited the poem several times so we could get a beautiful video of it for you. Each time we stood frozen, unable to move, until she said the last word. Each time she read the poem, I heard something in a different way, a whole new vast meaning to the same sounds.

This video is a love letter for you. For your heart. Your innermost essence and being. A love poem for you. You are a perfect flower. Bloom, baby bloom!

i am learning how to be a flower, Dominque Ashaheed :: poet, teacher, mama, international women's slam poetry champion 2012, national slam poetry champion 2012; video credits: David Mills; photo credits: Lisa Reinhardt.

flower poem dominique

9 Responses

Nancy Abraham

August 13, 2018

That was just incredible and captured my attention the moment her lips began to move. I feel she was directly speaking to my Soul, like she knew everything I was going through, the questions, my doubts and my deep-down knowingness. Thank you Katie and LOTUSWEI team for the love poem. Thank you Dominique! Love & the bliss of flowers, Nancy

Riesah Prock

August 09, 2018

For the gift of eloquent poesie, for the beauty of the sound, fragrances, and rich images, for all it stirred within me, I treasure this gift, the generosity,
and the anyi (alignment, sacred reciprocity) of your actions, yours and Dominique’s. Blessings always,


August 09, 2018

Beautiful poem and film – thank you!


August 09, 2018

Goosebumps the whole way through, powerfull ❤️


March 18, 2015

Thank you, Jen! Isn’t she amazing?! ; )


June 16, 2013

Amazing and inspirational.. truly a gifted woman.

Jen Cushman

March 18, 2015

This is an incredibly moving post. Your words are beautiful. That you brought her to your office just for the love of it and to share something so beautiful with your customers touches and moves me. Thank you for making it a reality and thank Dominique for her beautiful gift of poetry and spoken word.


February 10, 2013

Thank you for this gift! I loved this so much and was not familiar with Dominique Ashaheed. I so value the introduction!

River Chen

February 10, 2013

It’s a great gift! Thank you all!

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