After a long year, it was time to leave the house, and I knew where I was headed. To those early places of sand and sea.
I watched a tug crossing the Coos Bay Bar. Sat on the same jetty I climbed on as a young girl. Found comfort in the smell of ocean. The wind blowing my hair. Remembered bits of a poem by John Masefield called Sea-Fever.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day and white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the the sea-gulls crying.
It has been a long 15 months—a sitting on the knife’s edge of coming and going.
But I am one of the lucky ones, who has been lucky enough to walk the beach again, grow a garden, give peas to the neighbors, bouquets of flowers to the bedroom, create one small patch in the middle of a changing city, where bees, hummingbirds, and scrub jays, can find a place to land.
Just imagine if moving forward we could all find one small thing that would show this stressed planet how much we love being here and how much we long to stay. What if we wore amulets of sea water around our necks to remind us what holiness is?
I was thrilled to be notified by email a week ago, that five of my poems were selected for publication in Galway, Ireland with a new Blogazine on WordPress called Dodging The Rain. These poems will be appearing on October 1st, so I will post again once they are visible.
This creative blogazine was started by three graduates of the National University of Ireland-Galway’s Masters in Writing Programme, and one graduate of Uversity, the NUI recognized Creative Process Masters of the Arts.
It is a visually beautiful blogazine, that is welcoming to emerging writers and artists and I would highly recommend my poet and artist friends check it out.
I have never been to Galway, but I have looked across Galway Bay from the Flaggy Shore. I miss you Ireland, and hope to return soon— in the meantime I am honored to be included in this wonderful new creative adventure.
I am honored to have my poem “Elegy” published in SHARK REEF – A Literary Magazine, Issue Twenty-Nine-Winter 2017.
SHARK REEF is a online journal that as described on their website “was launched in 2001 to give voice to emerging as well as established writers of the San Juan Islands of Washington State.” It has now expanded that opportunity “to all serious writers committed to producing original writing of high quality – regardless of where they live.”
Last week I was in Austin, Texas for Thanksgiving, and received the news that my poem “The White Album Summer” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Cirque, A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim. Thanks so much to Sandra Kleven and Mike Burwell, Editors.
The leaves on the trail I walk are dry—a jig-saw puzzle in shades of orange, red, brown and yellow. The air smells sweet with heavy-breasted blackberries still clinging to their vines. The light is softer. The is air cooler, and I finally begin to slow down after the hectic energy of summer.
My husband wrote a sonnet for me in the Fall the first year we were dating and somehow in the mess of moving to eight different homes it was misplaced. This weekend he found it, while once again organizing a new garage.
As I read it again this morning, I am grateful. Grateful we have weathered well the different seasons each marriage contains. Grateful I chose him. Grateful he chose me. Grateful we are entering this season of change together. Grateful we have made a life filled with warmth.
Grateful we have poetry to express what so often gets unsaid.
Two Drops of Warmth
The silent, dusky streets I tread tonight Were warm with evening sun a month ago. The autumn sunset sheds it meager light, And distant windows through bare branches glow.
Familiar smells of leaves and smoke return, And crystallizing in the eastern sky The Pleiades with icy brilliance burn To punctuate the loss of years gone by.
And yet the wind seems warmer as I roam Despite the chill of winter in the air. The Earth seems less aloof; more like a home, The lonely evenings easier to bear;
For in this world two drops of warmth abide, And in your eyes the green of summer hides.