Steeped in amniotic fluids, ejected from maternal womb – dropped into parents’ environment.
Simmered in their care, their beliefs, their modeling behaviors and aspirations. Children grow roots where they are planted. Tend your garden wisely.
Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.
Today Bjorn hosts OLN LIVE from Sweden, from 3 to 4 PM Boston time. Click here between 3 and 4 PM EST for the link to join us live with audio and video.Come read a poem of your own or come just to listen. The more the merrier!
Faith came much easier when I was young. I believed in Purgatory. That half-way house you might need before your final reward. I’d say three Hail Marys for the one lucky soul who needed exactly that many words to move out and ascend to heaven. My lips moved silently, hands folded, head bowed, like I learned in Immaculate Conception Grade School. Then I’d say a very loud Amen and grin. Good deed done for the day! These days, as a septuagenarian, I realize that for some people hell is right here on earth. Hail Marys don’t seem to cut it when a Black man gets shot in the back while innocently jogging down a street. I don’t grin anymore at the end of my prayers.
Shared with dVerse today, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.
Today is OLN LIVE from 3 to 4 PM and OLN. I’m hosting today….so hope to see many folks there.Photo is my hands this morning.
Destroy hope? Hope says never. Evil stands for all to see. Seeing it exposed, evil energy energizes truth tellers. Telling all, Truth wins the trifecta. Trifle not with win, place or show show all as one:
Respect. Equity. Humanity. Let it be so.
Written for Open Link Night at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. I am hosting today – pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Writers are invited to post a poem of their choice: no prompt, no particular form. BUT, they must tag or somehow direct their readers back to dVerse so others can share and be exposed to this gathering of supportive and creative writers.
Also offered for NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing) day one. April is National Poetry Writing Month and the traditional challenge is to write a poem every day of April. As I have in many years past, I accept the challenge. This was actually written and posted on April 1; I simply forgot to tag NaPoWriMo.
A note on my post: I am drawn to the idea that this is April 1st, commonly called April Fools’ Day. I am also drawn to the trial of the police officer accused in the murder of George Floyd. Somehow, with my pen scribbling in my journal, this confluence of those two facts appeared. The death of George Floyd caused a national, actually a global movement, recognizing racism. Many took to the streets in the US and abroad, espousing that this is the time for equity and humanity. George Floyd’s death was but one example of racism – albeit the one that woke up many.
Brown girl dreaming,
tattered ribbons woven
through dark tresses.
She walks in beauty
always plodding upstream,
seeking answers to secrets
from the center of the world.
Oh, to make a joyful noise
that all might hear in high fidelity.
Shout love triumphs hate.
One hundred white daffodils
strewn upon blood soaked streets
could turn a pinkish hue.
Become peace roses beneath our feet.
Oh for those inalienable rights
to be shared amongst us all.
Beyond the hour of land divided,
us and them transformed to we.
To prosper, pain free,
beyond this faithful and virtuous night
into and during every living day.
Or was that Declaration,
that torch held high
to those across the seas . . .
were those just words and symbols?
The happiness project
never intended to be shared,
never meant to be?
August 9th is National Book Lovers Dayand National Hand Holding Day, International Day of the Word’s Indigenous People, National Rice Pudding Day, and National Polka Day! It’s also OLN (Open Link Night) at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Folks can post one poem of their choosing – any form, any topic.
In honor of National Book Lovers Day, I’ve posted a “book spine” poem written with book titles, all from the bookshelf on my desk. Reread the poem, and you’ll find these titles, in this order:
brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Ribbons – Spring/Summer 2017: Vol. 13, No. 2 (Tanka Society publication) she walks in beauty (A Woman’s Journey Through Poems) by Caroline Kennedy Upstream by Mary Oliver Secrets from the Center of the World by Joy Harjo and Stephen Strom Joyful Noise (Poems for Two Voices) by Paul Fleischman High Fidelity by Nick Hornby A Hundred White Daffodils by Jane Kenyon The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams Pain Free by Pete Egoscue Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin