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


With the Fall Equinox our daylight hours shorten giving us time to pause and celebrate the power of light. George Campbell’s Litany is a short work of poetic simplicity, expressing deep gratitude. LITANY I hold the splendid daylight in my hands Inwardly grateful for a lovely day. Thank you life. Daylight like a fine fan spread … Continue reading


My mother, Edna Irene (Ott) Ebertt, one of my very best friends, passed away nearly a decade ago. I miss her every day. This poem speaks to both her spirit and her grace. It’s by Philip Appleman, an American poet and Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington. BIRTHDAY CARD TO MY MOTHER … Continue reading


Recently my daughter Danielle’s Russian tortoise, Tolstoy died. Her boyfriend, Chris, also lost his beloved dog, Rabbit. Those of us who live with the comfort, joy, innocence and companionship of a pet know the depth of sadness in such a loss. In memory of Tolstoy and Rabbit, here are a few words on the subject … Continue reading

Welcome Spring!

Spring’s official doorstep! Here in the Chiricahuas apple blossoms are budding and robins are passing through on their long light north. In celebration of the Spring Equinox, here’s a timely bit of poetry from Algernon Charles Swinburne, an English writer born in London in 1837. Swinburne was raised on the Isle of Wight and attended … Continue reading

Writer’s Quote for March

The very first publication in my writing career was a poem printed in a Canadian women’s magazine. I was eighteen. Poetry, as a language of the spirit, speaks to and from all ages. This month’s inspirational quote(s) for writers comes from poet Stanley Jasspon Kunitz. “Poetry wants to come out of your wilderness.” “No matter … Continue reading


In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here’s a poem from American writer e e cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings), one of the great voices of 20th Century English literature. [i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)] i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without … Continue reading

Mary Oliver’s WILD GEESE

Autumn has fallen so completely now. The geese pass over daily. In honor of the changing season, here’s one of Mary Oliver’s very best nature poems. Born September 10, 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio, Oliver published her first collection of poems in 1963. Her 5th collection, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. … Continue reading


It’s late summer/early fall here on the Conestoga. The sugar maples are reddening at their tips; leaves rustling like tissue paper. The first phalanx of geese flew over late yesterday afternoon, headed for a pre-flight gathering on the lake. The meadow has turned to autumn too, with mats of goldenrod, tangles of wild cucumber, purple joe-pye weed, … Continue reading

In Celebration of the Summer Solstice

This Sunday, June 21, marks the Summer Solstice. In honor of the longest day, here’s an inspiring summer poem by the Brooklyn-born American poet and short-story writer, Delmore Schwartz, whose first book In Dreams Begin Responsibilities was first published in 1938. THE MOUNTING SUMMER, BRILLIANT AND OMINOUS A yellow-headed, gold-hammered, sunflower-lanterned Summer afternoon: after the sun … Continue reading

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