Category Archives: National Poetry Month

cirrus clouds and contrails

Poetry Month is drawing to a close, and I’ve only managed to write ten or twelve poems rather than one every day. On the other hand, I did have one published. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Poetry Month. I’m … Continue reading

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Wonder in the Silence

reaching the end of a poem or the grand finale of a fireworks show in the final lines the silence at the core the last firework blossoms the last sparks fall there is wonder in the silence. My thanks to … Continue reading

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the sensation of a dream the wind scoops us up suddenly we’re off the ground feet in the air rejoicing at this new freedom this ability yet fearing how high will we go how will we get down it’s thrilling the wonder of it … Continue reading

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Tiny Miracles

– Seed trays fill the window sills; from each cell bend two sprouts seeking the source of light. I double-seed lest some don’t take; this year they’ve all come up. Bristling in their cells. I sketch their futures on note … Continue reading

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Day 26 of NaPoWriMo

So, the month of daily poems is almost over. Yesterday I was so busy, I never had a chance to post a poem. Sometime in the next few days, I’ll post an extra one to make up for it. Each … Continue reading

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The Most Beautiful Thing

Dandelion Dandelion yellow carpet on a hillside a cup of grassy wine bitter salad greens yellow dandelion Nodding in the wind parachuting seedlings maybe faeries maybe wishes dancing on the wind   In Ray Bradbury’s eponymous book of short stories, Dandelion … Continue reading

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Trường Tiền Bridge

One is the bridge in the hearts of Huế people two are the years to build it three collapses in its 113 years four  spans fell in the storm of 1904 Five are the names this bridge has had Six … Continue reading

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Yoruba Girl

. Krik? Krak! Iron and silk– Yoruba girl dancing. With thanks to the authors: Edwidge Danticat, Mark Salzman, Simi Bedford. Poem 22, Day 22 of NaPoWriMo 2012

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fever-driven dreams tree shadows gyre and gimble across the walls dreams interweaving twisted in sheets synaesthetic fever-altered states endless night sleepless yet captivated these are the best dreams . Written for a friend with a bad case of the flu. … Continue reading

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Just This Kind of Day

A blustery day. Choppy whitecaps on the lake. The sun trying to break through the striated clouds. My hair whipping across my face then swept back. Shoulders hunched. Arms crossed tight. Hands tucked in sleeves. A thin figure pulling a … Continue reading

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