Friday, May 15, 2015

Here We Go

For those of you who have been asking about the next installment in the “Tiger Lily” series,  I’ve started it. Now I just have to finish it. “Just."

Occasionally someone asks me where I get my inspiration or where I get my ideas. I’m tempted to respond with the classic, “a post office box in Poughkeepsie,” but that’s too easy.  Or rather, I wish it were that easy; I would rent that box in a flash. My father once gave me some words to ponder.  “Inspiration,” he said, “is the application of the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.”  It’s a start, anyway. Here we go.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The First Sign of Spring

Today it has been snowing. It snow-rained, drizzled and snizzled and now it’s snow again. The meteorologists say we could get maybe three inches overnight. I did, however, see the first sign of spring a few days ago. I went back into my woods looking for daffodil shoots. There was still too much snow for me to find anything, but I did come back with the very first sign of the turning season. I thought I felt something on my neck and there it was: a tick. First sign of spring or American horror story?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sad Haiku

World Poetry Day
Free coffee for words they said
But not for me here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Land Persephone Forgot

I recently saw a painting of Persephone, the Goddess of Springtime. She was awakening under the soil, stretching up to break through the earth with flowers and leaves. It was supposed to be reassuring: see! Spring is almost here. Well, Persephone apparently hit the snooze button.  There is so much snow here that if we get more no one knows where to put it.  Classes at my university have been repeatedly canceled or delayed for bad weather. The rotator cuff tears in my shoulder are not getting any better with all the shoveling. People walk around grumbling.

And then yesterday I saw it. I was sitting on the couch, looking absently out through my glass door. Outside the door is barren whiteness of seemingly endless snow. My garden fence is buried under drifts. The bare branches of the lilac trees stretch upward against a grey sky.  Sitting on one of the branches was a male cardinal. 

He was bright red, brilliant against the stark landscape. The cardinal began to sing. Was he calling his mate? Was he the first sign of Spring?  I know cardinals don’t migrate but I wanted to believe that this beautiful visitor meant a change in the weather.  I wanted a picture of him. So I grabbed for my camera. By the time I got to the door, he was gone, of course.

I saw him later, flying above the snow. And today was the first above freezing day since I don’t know when. Slush! Melting snow! Woo hoo! I checked the weather forecast, hoping for more. We are under a winter storm warning. Persephone went back to bed.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

"Tiger Lily" free!

Heads up! If you don't already have "Tiger Lily", you will be able to download it for free from Amazon this weekend, February 14 and 15. Happy Valentines' Day!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Welcome to Wilderness

Welcome to Wilderness.  That's the title of  my new book of poems. Right now it's available only for kindle but there will be a print edition soon.

 Nature has always been my inspiration, whether the natural world or human nature. Some part of me still believes that poetry was the first form language took for our early ancestors and we have been rewriting ever since. 

Writing poems is easy compared to editing them.  I have been wanting to see this book make its debut for a long time. I believe there is more writing than rewriting here, and more of a connection with nature. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I wish I didn't have to write this

It is so sad and also infuriating to hear that terrorists targeted and killed journalists, humorists and cartoonists.  Yes, je suis Charlie.  And also, the pen is still mightier than the sword.