Poetry

Why do I write poetry? I love to play with words, paring them down to essential, vivid language. Creativity is soul-enlarging, and making poems is one of the main ways I create. It also gives me a way to flag the gateways, curves, bridges and milestones on my journey.

Painting by Rod McIver

“Have You Made Friends with Words?”

Have you made friends with words
and found –on certain days, in special ways-
words will sing and fly and play with you?

Do you know words may call to you –like companionable birds-
wild, but fluttering round your inner garden,
chirping out melodic and enticing runes?

O come with me and try their lettered tunes!

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Samples of several poems:


GREAT GREEN GOODNESS

AT CAMP NEEKAUNIS

“I AM FROM…”

MAP RAP


HAIKU

In recent years I have cultivated a haiku habit! I love shaping many forms of poetry, but I discovered that when I am biking or walking, and can’t write down the words, my brain can manage to remember the 17 syllables involved in a haiku. So I compose haiku more often than other forms of poetry . . . This ancient Japanese literary form has many other “addicts”, although, as John Cooper Clark [born 1950] says,

To convey one’s mood
in seventeen syllables
is very diffic

Check out www.haikucanada.org

Also Doctoral Dissertations in Haiku!

Below is an assortment of my own haiku, paired with my own collages or nature photographs.

Grey Spirals Collage

HAIKU FOR TURBULENT TIMES

Kneel at the altar of now;
breathe. Again, deeply.
Rest in this moment.


SPRING IN OHIO

black branched redbud bursts
forth in fingers of blossom,
points at bluest sky!


Snow labyrinths require you to envision the “lines” you walk between.


SNOW LABYRINTHS

Labyrinth walker,
turn, release, receive, return;
trust Way does open.


IN FOGBOUND WOODS

Pale beech leaves cling still,
Lighten black-striped woodland space:
End of winter ghosts.


MAY IN NORTHERN ONTARIO

No daffodils —
oosier dogwood just flags spring
with its scarlet stems


EARLY MAY IN ONTARIO
[AND QUEBEC!]

live snowflakes of spring
drift, bow, dance across brown
woodland floor:  trilliums!

Life and Death Dancers Collage

CREATIVITY

Creativity:
intense work periods
spliced with glory moments!

6 responses so far

  1. Hello Timothy –I seldom check my comments for moderating, blush, and over the holidays was laid up with a bad back, so am even more out of date with this reply, sorry. But I am interested in your proposal and would be happy to discuss further, thanks! BTW, my new book WILL be an e-book later this year, Blessings, Caroline

  2. that would be ok –sorry for slow reply. Caroline

  3. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  4. sorry I have no Spanish skills, CBP

  5. hmm.. i just subscribed on wednesday. i wonder if i made the mailing cut-off? when will the next letters be sent out.

  6. not sure if I ever replied or what you thought you were subscribing to –? Email is best way to reply, carolinebparry@gmail.com thanks!

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