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On Writing a Poem

I’ve been thinking about why I read and write poems, and what they mean to me. Aren’t those questions as old as poetry?

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Matsuo Bashō was a 17th century Japanese master of haiku and poetry. This line comes from a passage he wrote on the meaning of poetry.

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June: A Poem

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Moon Flower

The moon flower
opens in moonlight
fades in bald daylight
endures each dark new moon.

How can it know
the moon will return
after one dark night?

It knows
no other moon
no other light.
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Blossoms

May your day be such a day.

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Poetry

May: A Poem

May 

A soft breeze stirs
redbud rose apple embers.
Morning ignites
fields catch fire.
Winter sleeps
the sky weeps
fire
the sky weeps
spring
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April 17 is William Wordsworth’s 251st birthday.

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Poetry

Thoughts and Prayers

I wrote this poem in response to the mass murder in Las Vegas several years ago. I am sad that I return to it again and again.

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Villanelle: I Am Greater Than This Darkness

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March – a poem

 March

gold blades slice
weeping bare limbs
pierce cold earth

ice water
seeping
bright tonic

wake
sleeping roots
rise