Friday, November 11, 2022

Poets!... Mary Jo Balistreri, John McDonald, Pawel Markiewicz, Judith Partin Nielsen, Rochelle Cohen, Ian Mullins, Dennis Rhodes, and, Cynthia Sidrane!...

Noble assistant editor Kitty Kali, mewwwing, incessantly!...      "Poetry, Mister Editor!   Kitties, people, and critters of all kinds need their poetry, Mister Editor!"...


  So true, noble assistant!       Let us begin...


poet Mary Jo Balistreri, Waukesha, Wisconsin...

A Letter to Great-Gramma Belle

You taught me to pay attention to the small, the over-looked.  Gardening at your side, I saw you mix poverty and loss into the soil, making beds, dark and rich.  Seeds sprouted and bloomed--bachelor buttons, nasturtiums, the heavenly blues you call "granny vines."
          The bellflower I still call You.


                           telling

                        there is a story
                a legend of happiness
                        as the sun rises

                         within 

           one day I'll travel
with the wind now lingering
               silently waiting



poet John McDonald, Edinburgh, Scotland...                          (haiku in Scots)...

  reengin the bath                   
  fir yestreen's attercap
  ...he goves frae the ceilin
                       searching the bath
                       for yesterday's spider
                       ...he gazes from the ceiling

jivin
grandfaither an grandochter
...tuba an clarinet wyvein
                 jiving 
                 grandfather and grand-daughter
                 ...tuba and clarinet weaving


   poet Pawel Markiewicz, Podlaski, Poland...

from the dazzling morns
till evenings - spiders at work
picturesque webs

                 the first autumn rain
                 spider's heart in rhythm of drops
                 nature awaken



      poet Judith Partin Nielsen, Longmont, Colorado...

    "Sugar Wolf loves u"

    homeless poet leaves
    his calling card --
    back side of the postal box

                   The Hope Of It

                   Where is the beauty, the Hope
                   in the horror of it, you ask.
                   Underneath a hard, bitter
                   casement of seed is there
                   an invisible bloom, a bud
                   not yet conceived --
                   a fragrance only in
                   the mind's eye.
                   Are we the Hope of it?


   poet Rochelle Cohen, Marlton, New Jersey...

              ForaminifeRap

             Gangs leave their scars
              As painted scrawls
              On subway cars

              Names that will scream
              for eternity
              I'm not a dream
              I'm reality

              A long time ago     
              Gangs of single cells
              Left a lime logo
              In the shape of shells

              On pyramids and Dover cliffs
              In the bust of Queen Nefertiti
              Nature wrote to us hieroglyphs
              Foraminifera graffiti


   poet Ian Mullins, Liverpool, England...

      foaming up
      cappuccino moon
      clouding my coffee

                 another long day--
                 she stops at the school gates
                 raises her skirt another inch

     poet Dennis Rhodes, Naples, Florida...

     Tornado warning.
     If you choose to ignore one,
     That's just twisted.

                  In my next life
                  I'm coming back as a book.
                  Hardcover.  Cloth bound.

                  You'll recognize me.
                  I'll be the one that keeps
                  You up all night.


  poet Cynthia Sidrane, Phoenix, Arizona...

 mockingbird at dawn
 cajoles the moon from the sky
 chatting the sun up

            Poetry of Trees

            certain words know how
            to calm a restless spirit
            when the storm passes
            soft whispers of mist through trees
            rivulets down leaves
            tapping wet ground





 see you in a moment...

and, you can mail your poetry to:
                bear creek haiku
                PO Box 596
                Longmont, CO
                80502   
                USA   
                (SASE's are appreciated)


From other than the USA, email to darylayaz@gmail.com 
                   (include postal address)

Last!  If you choose to send poetry via email from within the US, that's ok, too (again, include postal address)




   

    

   

Friday, October 7, 2022

Poets!... Pawel Markiewicz, Carl Mayfield, Jane Stuart, John McDonald, Stephanie Hiteshew, Sarah Mahina Calvello, Carl Mayfield, Brautigan/Wick, Judith Partin Nielsen, and, Tuharam!...

From noble assistant editors...
"Patience, Mister Editor! Poems for our next post will soon be here!"...

   poet Pawel Markiewicz, Bielsk, Poland...
       the first autumn rain
       spider's heart in rhythm of drops
       nature awoken

   poet Carl Mayfield, Rio Rancho, New Mexico...
           black-headed grosbeak:
                        fellow traveler
                       passing through



   poet Jane Stuart, Flatwoods, Kentucky...
The White House
 My grandmother's porch
 stacks of empty flower pots
 saucers full of rain
   water for the hosts plants
    stretching in the sun

                   In The Yard
                    The well bucket fills
                    with quiet water
                    Rain soaks its swollen sides
                    A dead mosquito
                    floats upside down

       Scots poet John McDonald, Edinburgh, Scotland...
   his vaccination date:       his jab date;
   Good Friday               Guid Friday
   ...the body pierced         ...the book thirst

           birdsong -       burdsang
           never             nivver
           a wrong note    a wrong note





        poet Stephanie Hiteshew, Baltimore, Maryland...
     White moon
     large at the mountaintop
     hovers over the lone pier.

                 Ink and stone
                 scroll left at shrine
                 covered by centuries of moss.

   poet Sarah Mahina Calvello
                 San Francisco, California...
    Fresh cranberries
    And a breakfast muffin
    That's brilliant!

                    Vitamin C
                    Followed by a nightly nap
                    Routine of solace



     poet Richard Brautigan   California time-traveler
              The sea is like
              an old nature poet
              who died of a
              heart attack in a
              public latrine.
              His ghost still
              haunts the urinals.
              At night he can
              be heard walking
              around barefoot
              in the dark.
    
              Somebody stole
              his shoes.


"Hummm, Mister Editor!... It now appears to be that your assistants need to choose the next few poems for this blog post..."

poet Carl Mayfield, Rio Rancho, New Mexico...
      gazing at the stars
                 mother ship
          beneath my feet
    
                   great horned owl
                                his call
                       lifting night's wing

           twilight
                   caught
            in the crow's throat

      poet Judith Partin Nielsen, Longmont, Colorado...
          Each Day
      each day a poem
      breeze ruffling my hair
      a glimpse of mountains
      behind floating cloud silhouettes
      afternoon sun through the window
      falling across the empty pages
            waiting on my desk

Thank you, noble assistant editors!  And, we'll end with this poem from Tuharam!...

      That Angel Talked Like a Sailor
 What part of heaven did she come from?
       That angel talked like a sailor
           and she was dressed 
                enchantingly
                    scant.
  I can't even repeat the things she said
 or picture again the shape of her breasts.
         Though I know one thing:
             My fear of dying has
                    vanished.


 see you in a moment...

and, you can mail your poetry to:
                bear creek haiku
                PO Box 596
                Longmont, CO
                80502   
                USA   
                (SASE's are appreciated)


From other than the USA, email to darylayaz@gmail.com 
                   (include postal address)

Last!  If you choose to send poetry via email from within the US, that's ok, too (again, include postal address)




   

    


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Poets!... Dennis Rhodes, La-Tasha Gardener, Mary Jo Balistreri, Pawel Markiewicz, Amy Hrynchuk, Carl Mayfield, Patricia Carragon, Judith Partin Nielsen, and, John McDonald!...

 

Noble assistant editor Kitty Kalimewing, "Poetry! Kitties, poets, all sorts of folks and critters need their poetry, Mister Editor!"


Yes, noble assistant! And we'll begin with our   friend Dennis Rhodes, Naples, Florida!...

 Food and kindness
 essential ingredients
 for human survival   
                Money may not last
                But true love?  It always lasts.
                Love trumps poverty.

       poet La-Tasha Gardener, Clarendon, Jamaica...

    Imagination
    A means to escape
    A fantasy we wish to live
    Even for a day.    
                    Chair
                    Standing on all fours
                    Rest heavy burden on me
                    I stand here to serve.


     poet Mary Jo Balistreri, 
                   Waukesha, Wisconsin...

  falling flakes that drift
  in silence          frosted window panes
  in peace            spangles of dreamscapes
                        like antique lace
         aged trees burning
         in our hearths
         kindling even the coldest heart




   poet Pawel Markiewicz, Bielsk Podlaski, Poland...

   after fallen rain
   on spider's web soft meek dew
   sip of butterfly       
             during gorgeous rain
             the drops mixed with falling dew
             on the web - miracle





      poet Amy Hrynchuk, Sherwood Park, Canada...

                  Love and Peace
                  Love is:
                  Life
                  One
                  Valuable
                  Everlasting

                  Peace is:
                  Powerful
                  Enjoyed
                  Accepted
                  Celebrated
                  Everlasting

  poet Carl Mayfield, Rio Rancho, New Mexico...

Blank Look #722

          Old dog in the shade, his tail
          suddenly wags once, the light
          in his eyes, witnessing.

          Wherever he's going it won't be
          on those bent and trembling legs.
          He should arrive a few days before me.




Noble assistant editors Kitty Kali and Frosty, mew, mew, mewing! "Kitty Poetry, Mister Editor! We need Patricia Carragon's Kitty Poems!"

poet Patricia Carragon, Brooklyn, New York...

     Savanna
     cat whiskers brushing
     the human on the mat
 
                calico witches
                        high on vampire catnip
                                   Halloween howl

         ghostly calicoes
         toms the color of midnight
         catnip bewitches


      poet Judith Partin Nielsen, Longmont, Colorado...

     Endings #2

     folded flag from the casket
     pressed against my heart
     even now feeling your arms
     tightly around me

                      Calligraphy Sky

                      long, slow jet stream
                      crosses over the sky
                      calligraphy sky

     Scots poet John McDonald, Edinburgh, Scotland...

   in a snell wund    in a bitter wind
   the tosieness        the warmth
   o gean flourish     of cherry blossoms

     petal bi petal         petal by petal
     the speengie rose     the peony rose
     tirls                    undresses

    attercaps              spiders
    it houghmagandie    making love
    ...snorlie thread       ...knotted thread


   
              see you in a moment...

and, you can mail your poetry to:
                bear creek haiku
                PO Box 596
                Longmont, CO
                80502   
                USA   
                (SASE's are appreciated)


From other than the USA, email to darylayaz@gmail.com 
                   (include postal address)

Last!  If you choose to send poetry via email from within the US, that's ok, too (again, include postal address)