Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Early Spring Trilogy

poetry logo“Desperation”

[Conversations with poets, cont. …

William Stafford, “Earth Dweller”]

The snow has gone, early

but gone.

the dirt, tufts of grass, the deer

coming out the woods to

crop them. But where are the birds?

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Sunday, March 24, 2024


Hand on a tree.

Wise enough to know, that I do not know,
The mysteries, reasons, answers, solutions.
I know I am a vessel, only.

But, in the being of that one thing,
I receive warmth of sun and the prisms of rain,
I hear melodies of sea and wind and laughter of children,

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Up in the air

red hawk

A red hawk called, and circled in the sky
above my route, as I went jogging by.
I stopped and spoke to her. She screeched again,
then perched with grace upon a leafless limb.
Instead of anywhere, you’re here, I said.
She rustled feathers, showing off her red.
Whatever you’re meant to help me learn today,
I’ll try to learn it – thanks. The interplay
of hawk and human spirits – just us two –
was good, a moment’s gift. And what ensues
from such communion? That’s yet up in the air
(to use a phrase). But it helps me to prepare.
I’ll see what comes, and think of my red hawk,
and keep in mind our unexpected talk.

Photo at top: Red Hawk. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Just Right

sun peeking through trees in winter

A Winter Morning as they’re meant to be.
A cold and sharp and crisp one. Thoroughly
exhilarating, after sunless days.
A pick-me-up. I hope this bright snap stays.

Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons photo.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Reflections on Leap Day & Using Time Wisely

Time on toes Photo Credit: Horst J. Meuter, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

We celebrate Leap Day this year… and maybe celebrate is not the word 90-percent of the population refers to. A quick Google search shows us that it actually takes Earth 365.242190 days to orbit the sun, resulting in a “bonus” day if you will, once every four years. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Sideyard trees

poetry logo

Locust, maple, mulberry limbs

stand strong against the sky,

stand sturdily against the whims

of weather whistling by.

This morning, dark against the blue,

they welcome dawn’s advance:

stark and steadfast, tall and true,

in stately sylvan stance.

They stretch and reach, and higher grow.

They dance up in the breeze.

They awe the people here below,

these simple, noble trees.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Mothers Weave Their Children’s Hearts

Mother and daughter weaving

A Valentine for All Moms… 

From tender filaments, 

Mothers weave the precious hearts of their children. 

Out of freshest, greenest blades of supple, new grass, 

They nurture them into living tapestries 

Of discovery and promise. 

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Synchrony. Serendipity. Shimmer. Sahara.

Photo in memory of Shimmer the cat

Same day, thirteen years ago,

we brought them home together from the

ASPCA shelter on 92nd, our two marvelous

cats. Shimmer, age 2, pulled his

twenty pound frame and twisted

rear leg from a tiny cage and charmed and

cajoled himself onto my wife’s lap,

the master survivalist.


barely a year, a black and white tuxedo

with a black stocking on each

leg, “coco (chanel) bunny” for short,

did the same, jumped into my lap as I

squatted next to her and into my heart.

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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Poetry: Glitter-Ball

Happy New Year 2024 with hat and confetti


Three…two…one…the glitter-ball drops,
Lighting upturned faces, lifting hearts,
With kisses and tears, hopes and fears,
It brings with it, that so-needed hope.
The good and the bad, and the in-between,
The brief and the enduring, intersect,
Intersect, like life in its inscrutability,
Intersect, at the crossroads of the world.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Watch This!

Christmas lights on trees.

I rose at five, to walk. I hoped for stars.
And bright they shone, despite streetlamps and cars.
Down here I saw December’s common sights:
leftover snow, and people’s Christmas lights
lit through the night – to cheer the passerby?

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Poetry: Sentinels

geese on the shore




















Thanksgiving eve
a family of Canadas
split off from
the migrating flock
and set down on our swath of rye and clover
poking through a dusting of snow. Six birds
the parental pair, ever alert, necks
craning as far as they could stretch and
their four fast-growing chicks embarked
on their first long flight. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Poem: November 18

cozy den with fireplace

November 18

The squirrels are up, they dash about.
I’m up as well – but don’t go out
to sit or walk. Why? I’ll explain.
It’s mid-November: Wind, and Rain.
Oh, I’ve been out in rain before.
And wind – that’s something I adore.
So why stay in? Because it’s cozy.
It’s good not every day is rosy.
At times we like a break from bright
to help us keep a sharper sight:
what seems opposed, like yang and yin,
or dark and light, are always in
a dance, connected. So I decide
this morning I’ll just sit inside.
My chair, my blanket and my tea
will let me ponder, cozily,
November’s contrasts: bluster, charm,
chilly outside, inside warm.


Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons photo.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

We Gather

Statement about giving thanksBy Annette Pisano-Higley

Just knowing that it has not changed,

In its essence,

One of the few precious things that continues,

Though the Who, What, Where, of it


It remains a time to pause, breathe, remember,

Love, appreciate, thank,

Perhaps touch…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Four New York Poets Featured in ACW’s “Postcard Poems” Broadside Series


postcard poems announcement from ACW

Saranac Lake, NY—The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) has announced four New York State poets selected for “Postcard Poems”: Jackie Braje, Joseph Bruchac, Laura Cordts and Sophie Morelli. Their poems were selected from over 100 submissions from across the state.

Each writer will have their poem featured on a 5×7-inch broadside, complete with custom artwork created by artists living in New York. Both writers and artists will be compensated for their work, and broadsides will be available for sale through ACW with proceeds going to support community programs. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

ACW to host poet Richard Levine for Barkreaders series, Nov. 15

Poet Richard Levine.

Saranac Lake, NY — The next installment of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Barkreaders series will feature poet Richard Levine. Barkreaders provides local writers an opportunity to hear from and meet new authors. Levine is a poet from Seward, NY, and will read from his latest collection, Now in Contest. The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), located at 15 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. Levine’s reading will be followed by an open mic, which offers attendees a chance to share up to five minutes of their writing in front of an audience. Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation at the door; RSVP at

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