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Autumn Prayer for things small and short, 2020

The wonderful Grace Bower of Aotearoa New Zealand, whose fabric arts are legendary, shared a memory of a poem of mine from last year and I needed to re-write it — some of the lines are the same … most … Continue reading

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The view from my study window — Guest Post William A. Deans

William A. Deans of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, visual artist and poet calls most of the pieces I see “The view from my study window” which I think is the kind of literary humility that says — Look, here, at the … Continue reading

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Last week of summer, 2019

These are the signs of season — grandchildren visited across the country, caught in a photograph limbs tangled in play as wild as swamp grasses under the shadow of the flying geese, a first anniversary of a friend’s death, and … Continue reading

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The Work of Summer

Most people know Howard Thurman’s The Work of Christmas with its familiar challenge, not for tinsel and pageant and family time, but for the hard, cold days of January in the northern hemisphere. When the song of the angel is … Continue reading

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Fall — guest post Heather Kelly

Heather Kelly writes from Invercargill in the south island, evoking the season. She wrote this in February. I read it in the northern hemisphere longing for true spring and the promise of summer.   The heatwave of Summer still very … Continue reading

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A poem — Leaving

The tourists come to these woods in cars and buses that choke highways, and mighty glad we are in New Hampshire for the dollars that keep our diners, the mom-and-pop motels, the state and national parks, country stands bursting apple … Continue reading

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In the twilight of the summer … a prayer for autumn

I was a guest preacher at North Parish Church in Sanford, Maine this past Sunday and Lay leader  Jessica M. Folsom  who is the School Psychologist in the Sanford Public Schools. She offered this opening prayer and I asked whether … Continue reading

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Autumn in Aotearoa / New Zealand

Two poems of the autumn season in Aotearoa New Zealand. AUTUMN MORNING Heather Kelly White frost on the lawn. Bright sun shinning in a cloudless sky. Many sparrows chattering in the mulch feeding the tree. Little man-made noise intrudes on … Continue reading

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September Lament

The frayed end of September is raining out of clouds gray and hung low as urban clothesline near the elevated trains. The traffic on slick pavement is a soft percussive. Dogs come in from walks smelling of wet fur and … Continue reading

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Prayer for small things of autumn — the acorn, the vote

My mother, Elizabeth Snider, was a very quiet and simple woman, often over-shadowed by her dynamic and gregarious husband, Russell. Liz died last year on October 18. Her ninety-third birthday would have been October 21. She was born before women … Continue reading

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