A very special person wrote of me, “Curiosity killed the cat, but not Helen.” She sees the essential me. Poetry is like that. It gurgles up from a depth previously unreachable and spills its truth onto the page. I write poetry to know myself, and thus, to know life. My curiosity spirals down into the darkness of my being and strikes pay dirt in the form of revelation. Of Bone and Stone emerged as a result of my weekly program — Mindful Meditation: Awaken, Breathe, Create. Each week, my circle of companions come together to meditate, discover and transform through their written words. Each week, with the inspiration of a visual image, we write to unravel the mystery of our lives. In having done so, I now lay out before you, a poetic chronology of my own inner struggles and triumphs through my personal journey from fear into joy.