Category: Poetry

poem: what if every day was new year’s day?

poem: what if every day was new year’s day?

A clarion call for mindfulness: what if every day was new year’s day?

Random Thankful Lists

Random Thankful Lists

From cats who cradle to cast iron to the wisdom of children and wildlife, I have a lot to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Heart-Theater, an Elegy

Heart-Theater, an Elegy

An elegy for three, from the one remaining. They live in my heart-theater, their voices all trumpets and whispers and hugs.

Haiku: Summer Reminiscence

Haiku: Summer Reminiscence

Summer memories and haiku.

Mountain Sunset Haiku and “Enviation”

Mountain Sunset Haiku and “Enviation”

I’d like to be on that porch at Little House in the Rockies, looking at that sunset, feeling the mountain air, shivering just a little.

An Early, Bitter Tanshi from a Most Cheerful Girl

An Early, Bitter Tanshi from a Most Cheerful Girl

Bitter over a teenage breakup, I wrote a tiny little poem, a tanshi. It has always stuck with me; it’s so bitter and melodramatic that it makes me laugh.

I didn’t know you, Anthony Bourdain.

I didn’t know you, Anthony Bourdain.

For people like me, there’s a sense of loss from the abrupt ending of Anthony Bourdain’s huge contribution to the canons of travel, food and cultural understanding, and a reluctant but absolutely unavoidable comparison to our own unwelcome experiences with the savage, raw, rollercoaster aftermath of suicide.

A Mother’s Poem on Mothers’ Day

A Mother’s Poem on Mothers’ Day

A poem from the heart on Mothers’ Day about the incredible blessing of having a kid.

Spring is Calling

Spring is Calling

A humble little poem welcoming spring’s call.

Haiku: A Room of Her Own

Haiku: A Room of Her Own

This artist’s studio, a room preserved as it was at one time at the Museum of Montmartre in Paris, inspires me. I knew when I first saw it that I wanted a room like this. a room of her own (where the self can be […]

National Haiku Writing Month (#NaHaiWriMo) and the 5-7-5 Controversy

National Haiku Writing Month (#NaHaiWriMo) and the 5-7-5 Controversy

Like a woman who wears an inappropriate dress to a party but feels like a million bucks in it, I think I’ll just write haiku my way,

St. Francis Prayer of Peace for a World That Needs It

St. Francis Prayer of Peace for a World That Needs It

Hello world, friends, family and neighbors: I wish you peace, love, happiness, serenity, interesting hobbies, low blood pressure and job security. I’m not Catholic but I have a spiritual crush on St. Francis – how can you not love the patron saint of animals???!!! I ran […]

“Give me a word and I will write a poem starting with that word…”

“Give me a word and I will write a poem starting with that word…”

The author of the A Passers By blog says, “Give me a word and I will write a poem starting with that word.”  So I did!

Christmas Wishes from E. B. White – The New Yorker Radio Hour – WNYC

Christmas Wishes from E. B. White – The New Yorker Radio Hour – WNYC

This heartfelt, ironic, wry and ultimately sweet poem is worth 3 minutes of your time.  Click on the link below to hear it read aloud. Merry Christmas. E. B. White sends Christmas greetings to uncertified accountants, old men asleep in libraries, and people who think […]

Dad is gone…and still our hearts are full

Dad is gone…and still our hearts are full

A little Christmas poem from Glover Gardens about sorrow, joy and the Christmas miracle.

beth and bella and bree and brielle (an amazing poem by a very wise 6th grader)

beth and bella and bree and brielle (an amazing poem by a very wise 6th grader)

This beautiful, gentle, tranquil and philosophical poem is rich with imagery, illustrative of the concept and value of mindfulness, and fills me with hope.


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