Just released today, ‘Morning Rituals,’ ‘Hope Abundant’ and ‘Early Spring,’ in
March, 2021, pages 152, 153 and 158. Capsule Stories Spring 2021: In Bloom,
In this too-early spring,
greens thrusting upward full bore as if to outwit the snow that may come,
hearts open to sun without
pondering the pleasure
of feet too-early planted
bare in dirt warming leaves from their cocooned caves of cold,
concerns for the moment melted
in this burst of becoming.
photo by Jim Hester
Beyond our windowed views
long dark shadows root stark silhouettes
that would devour
memory of shared truth, hands held in compassion or help.
May we emerge
from this darkness, possibility spilling
across the shattered shards
of before, scattering shadow
as hope shimmers
within sight once more.
It’s a strange kind of lethargy
this quarantine creates, a Ground Hog Day repeat of rhythm and routine until we get it right.
And yet, it is cosy here inside
the cottage looking across the river at the island treeline’s mound of green rising like a turtle from the water.
Through shimmering heat
sparks of light like daytime fireflies flicker and fade, mirroring the ebb and flow of tide and my own energy.
The tranquility of this place
masks the turmoil beyond, where ‘news’ zooms and boomerangs off nerves already shredded by too much, and not enough.
If only I could bottle this air,
this peaceful solitude, and mix it into the world’s morning porridge, with a prayer to pay attention to what really matters
we could find our collective way
out of this stand-off, this barrage of bad, the sense of scarcity driving a hungry few to overindulge, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves.
My review of
Escape of Light, by Deborah Kahan Kolb, is now up at Mom Egg Review.
This image pretty much says it all: twelve poems in twelve hours. Third time around. Completed all 12 each time. Now the question is: are any of them worthy of the light of day? We’ll see over the coming period of time …
Meanwhile, may I also congratulate my fellow poets who did either the Half Marathon (12 poems in 12 hours) or the Full Marathon (24 poems in 24 hours). It is a tribute to stamina, creativity, and poetic determination. We persisted!!!