REMEMBERING MY MOTHER, EDNA EBERTT, ON MOTHER’S DAY

MY MOTHER’S HANDS There is this space at the end of the day Before the long black echo of night, Before the moon flings out its shimmer of icy stars In a flux of silver, like blown glass. There is an emptiness just beyond the sunset That once and yet belongs to my mother’s hands. … Continue reading

FOR EARTH DAY 2018

“Deep peace on the running wave to you. Deep peace on the flowing air to you. Deep peace on the quiet earth to you. Deep peace on the shining stars to you. Deep peace on the gentle night to you, Moon and stars pour their healing light on you. Deep peace to you.”

A RILKE POEM FOR THE SPRING EQUINOX

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses,   hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

The Dumka by B. H. Fairchild for Valentine’s Day: His parents would sit alone together on the blue divan in the small living room listening to Dvorak’s piano quintet. They would sit there in their old age, side by side, quite still, backs rigid, hands in their laps, and look straight ahead at the yellow … Continue reading

THE POETRY OF ROBERT OKAJI

Robert Okaji’s work has appeared in various reviews, anthologies, and chapbooks. His inciteful and often whimsical poetry celebrates the ordinary as extraordinary. This poem Two Cranes on a Snowy Pine (after Hokusai)  is taken from his latest book From Every Moment a Second. Who knows where bird begins and tree ends, which branch shifts snow, which bears … Continue reading

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

It seems fitting in honor of Martin Luther King Day to re-post Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, the poem that graces The Statue of Liberty. When this country’s president is dismantling its democracy and leaving its reputation in tatters, it’s well to remember that  stronger and finer minds, spirits, and ideas have prevailed in the … Continue reading

BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A CELTIC BLESSING for the season: Wisdom of serpent be yours, Wisdom of raven be yours, Wisdom of valiant eagle. Voice of swan be yours, Voice of honey bee be yours, Voice of the son of the stars. Bounty of sea be yours, Bounty of land be yours, Bounty of the Heavens.

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

POEM FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

In remembrance of the countless sacrifices made in defense of democracy and freedom, which are being challenged all around the world, here is a poem by a British poet that gets to the heart of the matter. Though recorded in one of my journals, I neglected to note the author’s name. THE RETURN His land … Continue reading

EDWARD DOWDEN POEM FOR FALL (IF IT EVER GETS HERE)

Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

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