May 1, 2019

Because I Sat

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Because I sat for a moment

On a stone bench

Feet on pebbled concrete

I noticed more bird song

With each breath

In

Then

Out

I saw a crow fly above me

With long bits of the garden

In beak

Back

And

Forth

Creating home in a tall white pine

Life was happening

Around me

Not

To

Me

Because I rested

Breathing

In

Then

Out

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A Free Verse Poem

December 2

Who Would Jesus Execute?

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Who designed capital punishment?

Would you acknowledge our ignorance?

Jesus knows enough are innocent

Execute mankind’s indifference.

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(A Bumper Sticker Poem)

Bumper Sticker Poems – a form I created, inspired by cento and golden shovel poetry, with the following guidelines:

  • Using a bumper sticker as inspiration use the words in the bumper sticker as the first word in each line of the poem
  • The theme of the poem may or may not have anything to do with the message of the sticker
  • Title should be the words of the bumper sticker
  • May or may not be rhymed
  • 9 syllable lines
  • Number of lines depends on number of words on the bumper sticker

December 1

In the Beginning Man Created God

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In life it’s important to question

The assumptions we bring to our worlds

Beginning and ending within us

Man may bristle at the suggestion

Created when opinions are hurled

God, let’s reduce this uncivil fuss.

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(A Bumper Sticker Poem)

Bumper Sticker Poems – a form I created, inspired by cento and golden shovel poetry, with the following guidelines:

  • Using a bumper sticker as inspiration use the words in the bumper sticker as the first word in each line of the poem
  • The theme of the poem may or may not have anything to do with the message of the sticker
  • Title should be the words of the bumper sticker
  • Should be rhymed
  • 9 syllable lines
  • Number of lines depends on number of words on the bumper sticker

June 30

Pressing Pause

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We are all so busy

At least that’s what we say

It’s how we spend the day

We are all so busy

*

Saying yes without delay

So careless with our time

Intriguing paradigm

Saying yes without delay

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Would it not be sublime

Daily to take a pause

And say no just because

Would it not be sublime

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We are all so busy

At least that’s what we say

It’s how we spend the day

We are all so busy

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(A Catena Rondo Poem)

top photo by @the021439 cjf

June 16

Magnolia

Beauty

when in full bloom

appreciated just

for existing beautifully

age comes

admiration diminishes

but to some open minds

beautiful is

always

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(A Butterfly Cinquain Poem)