Monday, January 12, 2015

I Worked on Friendship Today

I sat and talked with a friend today
he just listened and filled me with love
my eyes filled wet when I told him
who, inside, I really was.

I told him of my childhood
and listed the things I missed.
I told him of the pain I felt
and he said, "but you were truly blessed!"

Blessed? did you not listen to what I said?
Did you not hear of my loneliness?
Did you not hear my pain?

He nodded and whispered in my ear
"I remember the tears then as now"
That's when I felt his arms
surround me as my head a began to bow.

"Look up and laugh and smile" he said
You reap what you sow,
you plant - you grow
your memories are alive not dead.

So each morning let's sit together
and remember the good not bad.
We will chat and write and read and laugh
for everything wasn't that bad.

Now start your day,
and plant joy everywhere you go
and remember
you reap what you sow.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Coffee In the Morning






Strong coffee early
To get the day going right
Two extra shots please




I still need to write 20 poems about coffee for my next book of poems.


I can tell that I need more coffee this morning because I can't seem to type! (and some might replace type with draw, but don't worry there will be no pictures in any of the Morning Thoughts poetry books!)


By the way, you get the my first book of MORNING THOUGHTS on Amazon right now!

Monday, August 11, 2014

a morning haiku

A quiet morning
snuggled under the covers
fans oscillating

That haiku is just for you who stop by here.

It isn't in my new book,
MORNING THOUGHTS
which is just out!
(can you tell I am a little excited???)

You can read the first 3 or 4 poems if you are an amazon prime person. I don't know if you can if you are not.
It is also available in both PAPERBACK and KINDLE version (for slightly less).

This whole experience has been wonderful!
What a great age we live in!
and
Check out MY FIRST BOOK on Amazon - Morning Thoughts

Friday, August 8, 2014



My book comes out soon.
I am hoping for a sales blitz on Monday, August 11th!
Let's face it, poetry isn't everyone's cup of tea.
I like it though.
I love the repeating line and formula poetry best!
Morning thoughts is really and most honestly, more free verse.
Still it is my first book!
Let's hope it isn't my last! 
Now to create some advertisement for it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

With my FIRST book of poetry coming out soon, I am really getting back into poetry.  How many of you, I wonder, have ever read a 'story' in poetry?
------ The following is the story of when I found my first book of story poetry ----

When I was a children's librarian in Brevard County Florida, it was a rare day when all three of us, the library's children librarians, were working at the same time and all three of us were in the stacks (shelves of books) returning books to their place and reading the shelves. (Reading the shelves means to literally read the call numbers on the books to insure they are in their proper place.  Want to give a librarian some love? Offer to 'read the shelves'!)
... ANYWAY...
I came across a book, and as we do when we see a title we are unfamiliar with, I pulled it out and flipped it open thumbing though it, considering checking it out.  As I flipped through the pages, what I saw was unexpected for I was standing in the Juvenile fiction area, but the book I was holding, REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, was a book of poetry.
I asked the head of the department, who had an actual degree in library science, and not simply grandfathered into the position by experience as I had been, why would a book of poetry would be in the FICTION area. 
She asked if I had checked the copyright page. 
Why yes I had and it said:
1. Cerebral palsy - Fiction 2. People with disabilities - Fiction 3. Friendship - Fiction 4. Grandmothers - Fiction 5. Single-parent families - Fiction 6. Novels in verse

hhhmmmmmmm...... Novels in Verse  (remember this as your future library search phrase!)
I took it home and read it.  I have since bought that book and many more NOVELS IN VERSE!

Have you ever read a NOVEL IN VERSE?

I highly recommend them!
I haven't written one myself, but I hope to one day.

Some Novels in Verse you might want to start with are:

REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer (my first and will always be my favorite!)
HUGGING THE ROCK by Susan Taylor Brown (LOVE THIS BOOK!)
INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai (won a Newberry but I have not read it yet)
WICKED GIRLS by Stephanie Hemphill (hard to start because it's told in 6 voices! but once you get into it then it's hard to put down! excellent book of poetry!)
LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech
HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech

OK there are too many to list and I don't want to stop!
If you search the Mecklenburg County Library catalog for NOVELS IN VERSE you will get a list of 91 books! Choose one. Check one out.  Actually check out three or four because not all are... well... my cup of tea.... but I would say that 80% of the ones I have tried are AMAZING!

and..... look forward to MY OWN FIRST BOOK OF POETRY to come out soon!
It's not a story.
It won't be long or large or thick.
But
To me.....
It is an exciting experience.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The woman in the mirror

I looked into the mirror and I saw a sad old woman behind the glass
I asked her, "Why are you so sad?"
She responded with tears rolling down her cheek.
I told her, "I cannot help you if all you do is cry."
She looked down and said, "I have spent my entire life loving others, and today, I stand her alone."
I said to her, "They do not matter. They were your life's lesson."
She smirked, and said, "No. My actions were my life's lessons."
I asked her, "Really, why do you say that?"
She said, "I have seen people love themselves more than others.  They only used and abused others and in return received love and admiration in return. I now see that had I been more selfish, perhaps today I wouldn't be alone."
I told her, "You could change. You could become like them.  You could use and abuse others to get the love you desire."
She said to me, "No. It's too late for me. I love others far more than I love myself.  It is my destiny to die alone and lonely."
I told her, "You won't be totally alone.  I will come here and visit you every morning and every night.  I will love you always."
She turned from the mirror and mumbled, "See. I told you. The only way for lasting love is to use and abuse."

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

so much

so much to do
so much to say
so much to think about today
so often I
just sit and think
about so much stuff on the brink
so much joy
so much pain
so much happening over again
so often I
just sit and wish
about so much stuff to accomplish
so much to do
so much to say
so much to think about today

Monday, August 26, 2013

fair-weather friends hurt the soul
those who so politically cherish you
but so quickly they go
the instant they get what wanted so
they vanish into memories
that's when it feels like, life blows

Monday, July 16, 2012

my cat threw up this morning
he left barf on my floor
it was there with no warning
yuck
good thing he's a cat i adore