Category: Poetry

“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.

Water, Wind and Land: Metaphors for a Geophysicist (remembrance for Grandpa on his 98th birthday)

Water, Wind and Land: Metaphors for a Geophysicist (remembrance for Grandpa on his 98th birthday)

Reconstructing Grandpa in the museum of my heart – a poem in memory of an amazing man, Thomas Carlyle Holt.

My Brother’s Suicide: Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

My Brother’s Suicide: Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

I have never said this in a public forum: my brother’s untimely death four years ago was a suicide. Hear my plea: if you’re hurting, please tell someone.

Death is Life-Affirming: Hibiscus Haiku

Death is Life-Affirming: Hibiscus Haiku

A gift of a live and blooming hibiscus, with a heartfelt haiku to celebrate Dad’s life.

It’s Owl-Right (plus a haiku)

It’s Owl-Right (plus a haiku)

I met a couple of owls during a recent trip to Scotland.  Not on a walkabout in the verdant countryside – smack-dab in the middle of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

you, amazing you / footprints on our heart-sands (another poem for Dad from a grateful daughter)

you, amazing you / footprints on our heart-sands (another poem for Dad from a grateful daughter)

a free verse remembrance for an amazing man

A Poem from Long Ago: “For You, Mom, On Your Brother’s Death”

A Poem from Long Ago: “For You, Mom, On Your Brother’s Death”

My uncle Nathan, my mother’s brother, would have been 70 this month. He was only 40 when he died in 1988. Sad and shocked, I wrote this poem for my Mom at the time and it was part of his memorial service.  Just today, I […]

12 Radical Reasons to Write Poetry

12 Radical Reasons to Write Poetry

The list referenced here from the All Nine blog by Kelly Belmonte is a wonderful and persuasive set of arguments in favor of writing poetry.

the haiku process

the haiku process

A haiku about writing haiku, AKA meta-haiku. With bird pictures!

Visual Haiku: California Dreams

Visual Haiku: California Dreams

The Frangipani Winery view inspires a visual haiku, and a real one, too.

memory-honey (another poem for Dad)

memory-honey (another poem for Dad)

A little bee poem from a grieving and grateful daughter about making Dad-memories into honey.

Visual Haiku for Memorial Day: Fence, Flag and Sky

Visual Haiku for Memorial Day: Fence, Flag and Sky

I posted this picture from Paris last month, with a simple statement: In Montmartre, I looked up and saw a fence, some flowers and a tower. I love Paris.” One of the comments on the post was:  “ Such vivid color! I love the photograph of […]

A Nameless Poem in a World Full of Wonder

A Nameless Poem in a World Full of Wonder

A nameless poem about living in the moment, and an image that illustrates it.


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