Mary Oliver’s poetry first inspired me during my college years. The two poems below were influenced in structure and title by Oliver’s poem “Rain.” They are included in The Last Time We Were Children: The Tenth Anniversary Edition.
Many of Emily Dickinson’s poems focus on nature. Nature is a recurring theme for many poets. Here is one of mine–a haiku–that may be short in length, but has a sweeter story between the lines.
Whenever I see a Goldfinch, I remember watching them visit my grandparents’ birdfeeder while I ate pancakes. Barn Swallows, occupying the boat lift canopy over our fishing boat, express annoyance at my husband’s early morning outings. I first heard about Dickcissels, or Dickey-birds, while reading Little House on the Prairie. […]
We whistled wow, wow, wow like Tundra Swan at the below freezing temperatures during last week’s fishing opener. May bouquets remained dormant, and tree buds stayed tightly closed. We opened our camper anyway, basking in the warmth of fake fireplace flames. The weather seems as confused as the bat we […]
Ecclesiastes 4:6 NIV Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.
Motivation is melting with the snow. The sun feigns warmth as a daunting chill still steals our breath. But, refusing any further hibernation, my husband and I secure our winter garb and walk against the wind. In our steps will be the Spring so slow in springing.