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

January 21, 2019

I Am Calmer Than You

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I am immersed in panic buzzing

Am overwhelmed by to-dos not done

Calmer days ahead they assure me

Than(ks) but I’m making calm today’s goal

You remain waiting for peace to come.

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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 29

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Pause

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Without or with expected applause… pause

In spite of or despite your faux pas… pause

Before breaking or following laws… pause

When considering what are and are not flaws… pause

When running towards or away from dangerous jaws…pause

Just because…pause

Without cause…pause

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A Monorhyme Poem

 

December 3

I Brake for Interesting Cloud Formations

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I am fascinated by the sky

Brake ferns May also preoccupy

For all of Nature is intriguing

Interesting until fatiguing

Clouds and stars testing imagination

Formations -Constellations – Salvation

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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

November 16

Pause

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On my morning commute

I stopped at the sign

Fleeting moments captured

*

Just like every damn day

But today was different

Translucent, transcendent

*

Just like every damn day

The sky was bright, so was the sign

Seconds stalled to permanence

*

As the frost slipped down

Revealing alarming red

Temporary forever

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(A Line Messaging Poem)

July 16

Smells so Good… If I Remember

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My favorite fragrance bloomed today

But I forgot to smell it

Took its picture every which way

But I forgot to smell it

Posted the photos on all those public spaces

But I didn’t take time to smell it

Noticed it blooming in other places

But I didn’t take time to smell it

About life and flowers, how goes that phrase?

You have to take time to smell them

Thank goodness I have a few more days

To take time to stop and smell them

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(A Chant Poem)

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

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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