"the world is
not respectable: it is mortal,
tormented, confused, deluded forever;
but it is shot through with beauty,
with love, with glints of courage
and in these, the Spirit blooms."
Susan Birkeland was a dazzling comet
blasted into a world growing darker. A beautiful woman and fierce champion of
justice and mercy. Willing to sacrifice all for love, she was propelled by
love of the other. Grasping truth and beauty, she fed them back to us. Susan
developed her gifts and shared her heartís true motive of peace with love
for her community and all life on earth. She pushed through her fears and met
her life's challenges head on . Following her heartís dedication to Truth
and Beauty Susan Birkeland sent her consciousness spiraling upward, a
sunflower dancing, twirling, celebrating life. Illuminating herself, she
illuminated us all.
A poet, a writer and teacher as well
as a Drama Therapist, Susan was born in Hibbing , Minnesota, grew up in Texas,
worked and performed original works in California and Texas for some years
before finding her heart in San Francisco and becoming a respected and beloved
voice among San Francisco's poetic artistic North Beach community. Susan lived in the sunny Mission District until succumbing to Cancer at the
age of 45.