Welcome to my space where I share my poetry, short memoirs, and anything else that comes to mind. My husband and I have been married for thirty-three years, and not only do we still love each other, but we still like each other too. We have two adult children and I'm grateful that we're still a close family. Our furry family member is Copper, our 80-lb chocolate lab mix, and he sheds and drools a lot, but we love him just the same.
I have published two collections of poetry: New Day, New Dreams and Finding a Balance. And my latest book that was published in September of 2021 is a memoir in verse and prose.
When you visit, my wish is that you find something to take with you, but that you also find something enticing enough to keep bringing you back. I truly appreciate your visit.
Thanks to your generosity and time, I was voted Author of the Month for May on Spillwords Press!!!
I’m excited to receive this honor among so many amazing writers! Thank you to Dagmara K. and her team for providing this literary site for authors to share their emotions through words. I’m thrilled to be a part of this community!
A Big thank you again, dear friends, for your vote and wonderful support, and for visiting Spillwords to read my poem, “Toots and Circles.”
Trouble – An Acrostic poem inspired by Colleen’s post , but mine turned into a double acrostic with a more somber twist. It may even be more of a story than a poem. When I saw the word ‘trouble’ my father-in-law came to mind…
Thriving in life’s sunrises and sunsets Reveling in life, travel, staying active, Over the last century he’s lived a fulfilled life, Unaffected by pessimism, his sanguinity Bestows a light on all who walk in his circle. Legendary in his knowledge and keen memory, Enervated and full of pain is his body now.
Taking each day as it comes, persistent agony Rarely breaks from its stopover, but complaints Outstandingly never fall from his lips. It is Unusual for the query to escape, but he Breathes gently before asking when the distress will Liquidate his bones and muscles, when it will all finally End.
Maybe you can relate? Perhaps you’re in the same situation with a loved one?
On a lighter note,if you find yourself at a loss for words, desperately needing poetry writing inspiration, visit Colleen.
General Voting will be officially held from 5/26-5/29. Please note, you need to register and/or login to vote.
The Winner will be announced soon after the voting has been completed and featured on the Spillwords.com sidebar during the entire month of June!
I’m thrilled to be nominated among so many talented writers!
So, if you visited my prior post, you’ll know that my poem, “Toots and Circles” is the poem that is referenced with this nomination.
If you haven’t read “Toots and Circles,” you can read ithere.
And if you missed my prior post, you can find it here.
Voting begins today and continues through to May 29th. I know you have to log in to vote, and this is a lot to ask. So, I won’t ask, but I will hope that some of you will take the leap! And if you do, you’ll see my poem displayed on the right side bar.
This is so exciting, and however you offer support, I am grateful! ❤️
Most importantly,Thank you for stopping by, for ‘hearting’ the poem over at Spillwords, for voting if you do, and for simply reading and considering! ❤️💜❤️
Lastly, Thanks again to Dagmara and her team at Spillwords Press for publishing my poem, and for this wonderful nomination! 🙏🏻
Spillwords Press has published my second poem today , “Toots and Circles” and I am honored to have my writing featured on their site again!
This poem evolved one morning when a friend in nature woke us up with its morning greeting just before our alarm sounded off…
Toots and Circles
Perhaps he was a Western Screech Owl that I heard outside our bedroom window in the early darkness before the sun fashioned its glorious arrival. I cannot say with conviction, but it is certain he proclaimed his presence with his high-pitched toots.
And I”ll be grateful if you head over to Spillwords and click on the heart to “like” the poem. 😁 I’d even do a happy dance if you’d leave a comment, but of course, you’ll need to create an account and log in. I won’t ask you to do this since we are all inundated with user names and passwords. One can hope though! Please know your time and support is greatly appreciated if you choose one of these options.❤️
Thank you again to Dagmara K. and her team for accepting my submission. I am thrilled to the moon and truly gratified!
I hope you enjoyed my poem, and I wish you many miracles in nature! ❤️
I’m thrilled to share the collaboration has begun with an amazing illustrator for my first children’s book!! The release date will be later this year, specifics TBD. This road is one I haven’t traveled before, so a learning curve is ever present. But the journey will be delightful as I watch my adorable character come to life in color on pages through beautiful illustrations. Not to mention, the important message included in the story for both children and adults. More information will follow throughout the year as progress moves forward, and I’m sporting a Big smile…
So, food for thought in haiku form…
visualize dreams transform into intentions rewards lie in wait
As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, the progress for my upcoming book, Ever So Gently, is slowly advancing. Life has interrupted at times, but the plan is to release it next month. For the cover, I wanted a minimalist design with soothing shades to complement the title and message I’m conveying. I may play around with the font and placing of the text, but below is a mock sample:
A snippet from the introduction:
“Ever So Gently expresses how I welcome nature’s offerings. The gentle way in which I should react to life’s challenges. The gentle grace in my heart that is full of gratitude for the love in my life, for being loved. For the support of my family and friends through every stumble and every celebration. When I greet a new day, I am reminded to breathe and live gently. We live in a world riddled with chaos and tragedy, but beauty surrounds us if we open our eyes. I may not always succeed in gentle, but if I slip up, I will try again. A variety of emotions is felt throughout the collection because life can be joyful, but it can also be messy. As to the style of poetry, most are free verse, but since I enjoy trying different forms, I’ve included syllabic poetry as well.
Style notwithstanding, the purpose of compiling this collection is for you, the reader, to discover at least one, but hopefully, a few poems that will evoke a special memory or remind you that you are not alone living with the emotions in your heart. Perhaps you’ll get a good laugh or experience an aha moment. Most importantly, when you turn the last page, I hope you discover the reward of living Ever So Gently.“
Thank you for reading and for your wonderful support in the past! Stay tuned for more information on both books in future posts. May your weekend be filled with adventure and big smiles! ❤️
I found this form of Cinquain poetry and decided to give it a try. I’m sharing eight poems and would love to hear if any of them resonate or stand out for you. Don’t be shy. Some are serious and some are simply fun. The rules are:
Didactic Cinquain Poem Form 1:
This is a very popular form of cinquain that instead of incorporating stress and syllables, it uses word counts.
The first line is one word which is the title of the poem.
The second line contains two words which are adjectives that describe the title.
The third line has three words that tell the reader more about the subject of the poem or show action. Many times these words are gerunds that end with -ing.
The fourth line has four words that show emotions about the subject of the poem and may be individual words or a phrase.
The fifth line is one word that is a synonym of the title or is very similar to it.
And now for the poems and some of my photos:
Emotions Raw, hurtful Aching, reeling, falling Catches you by surprise Reactions
My husband and I recently attended The annual Motorcycle Gathering at The Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, CA. This location is prestigious and absolutely gorgeous. The guests are directed to park on the fairway, and the system is a well-oiled machine. With my husband being a motorcycle enthusiast, going to this event for him is like me perusing a book store! But I enjoy it too, and this time was our second year. It’s interesting to see the variety of bikes, custom, vintage, even scooters, for adults and for youth. The unique styles definitely exude the Wow factor, but the beautiful colors are also appealing. There are some real beauties, along with some wild bikes. I hope you enjoythe visuals!
And a photo from one of our past rides…
And to close, I wrote a Double Ennead poem about our experience, and this is my first try at this poetry style. I learned about this form on Balroop’s blog and her lovely poem, “The Last Kiss.” You could say mine is also about love, but a different kind – a love for riding in the wind. A Double Ennead is a 99 syllable form, comprising three stanzas of syllables (6, 5, 11, 6, 5).
A Motorcycle Gathering
Beautiful bikes admired aesthetic differs but enthusiast’s passion runs parallel Like-minded people walk the lavish, green grounds
breeze swirls around faces sunshine drops in now and then, but scarves stay swathed, blowing in the wind bikes glisten for adults mini styles for youth
engines roar in distance friendships established though strangers when doors open, stories disclosed history respected a valued event
Thank you for dropping in, and “let us journey among redwoods, seacoast and rolling hills, drawing in breaths and exhilarating thrills.” ❤️