Bard’s Annual – Listen


to the silence in the winter woods,
a certain mystical vibration humming over the water,
making it hard to breathe without  catching,
hard to sing without dancing.

to its shuddering, juddering pulse,
walk into that stillness where only dead leaves breathe
and winter berries surrender to a hungry bird
and a red-tailed hawk lazes on an updraft circling eights.

the path  of light and deep shadows
comfortably wrapped around an empty wood,
embrace the gentle wind, nipping at bare cheeks,
nod to the cerulean sky, color for the blind eyes of winter.

dead branches soon to surrender to the snowing, blowing gale
jewels of compassion hiding dormant buds that wait
for the light of  spring, to jump the threshold
when they hear the gentle call to unfurl.

So listen,
companion of the reckless road
tune in to the pulsing beat of darkness
as winter drums its drum,
time to rest before the blooming work of spring,
time to rest before the blooming work of spring.


Bards Annual 2015

July 2015


April is National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month and everyone who reveres poetry celebrates in some way or another. Some people read poetry, others carry a poem in their pockets.  There are readings and lots of events to promote poetry.

A few years ago National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) came into existence with a challenge to poets  to write 30 poems in 30 days during the month of  April. There are prompts and lots of bells and whistles for encouragement.

I am participating for the first time this year.   I decided to throw my poems into the ring so I could enter my 30 (or more) poems into a contest sponsored by a small press called Local Gems Poetry Press.

The first, second and third prizes include publication of the  winner’s poems in a chapbook, with 25 to 100 copies depending on which prize it is.  My plan is to submit a book of haiku, senryu,  haiga, tanka and haibun.  My theme is Japanese short form poetry.

There is no requirement to use the daily NaPoWriMo prompts unless one finds them useful.  Perhaps I will be inspired by my daily walks, my meditation and prayer practice, NaHaiWriMo (haiku prompts),  The Music in It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, and anywhere else I can find a poem!

I plan to post my poems as I write them – revising as I go along. Any comments are appreciated. Thank you for your encouragement and support.


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spring workout –
taking to the woods
with the muse