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Ben Naga takes us to another realm in this beautiful Shadorma.

Ben Naga


The pilgrim
Walks an ancient way
From the root
To the roof
The stars above are within
The journey a breeze

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O vernal sun,

come sweeten the rain

as you plant your secrets

under thick moss —


lend the forsythia

pots of gold

and warm the stones

that circle our garden —


let poppies buzz

and sword ferns uncurl

as Earth becomes great

with tender.



(c) 1994, 2019  Betty Hayes Albright


An old one, never published here… that I know of.  


Wishing everyone in the northern hemisphere a beautiful Springtime!  🌷 

And to all of us – north, south, east, west – may love, wisdom and peace someday reign on this mixed up world of ours. 💚


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Bit by bit

May we someday reach that critical mass….


Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. 

Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, You Were Made For This

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I’m very happy to share this post from John Looker announcing the publication of Cynthia Jobin’s posthumous book of poetry. Thank you Bennison Books, and John Looker for letting us know about it.

Poetry from John Looker

Cynthia Jobin, who died nearly two years ago, wrote some deeply moving and thoughtful verse. The independent publisher Bennison Books has now published a posthumous volume of her poetry. I’m pleased to give space on my blog to the following post from them.

Guest post from Bennison Books

Readers of John’s blog may already be familiar with the New England poet Cynthia Jobin, whose poetry attracted many followers worldwide. Admirers of her work will be delighted to learn that a collection of her poetry, Song of Paper,has just been published by Bennison Books.


Amazon UK(https://amzn.to/2NFTF9M)

Shortly before her death in late 2016, Cynthia entrusted her poetic legacy to John and Bennison Books welcomed the opportunity to work with him in producing this posthumous collection of her poetry. John also wrote the introduction to Song of Paper, an excerpt from which appears below.

Excerpt from…

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Long Way Home

I’ve fallen in love with this poem, by Mark Nepo. Thanks to Val Boyko for sharing it on her blog.

Find Your Middle Ground


I want to have a conversation
that we can return to without
conclusion, one that lasts for
years, that feels like a walk
that has no end. Until the walk
itself is home.

I want to converse this life with
you, the way the old horse and
the young bird trudge and circle
each other in snow.

I want to reach with you into
the heart of things, where the
stitching of the Universe
shows its golden knots.

~ Mark Nepo*

I want to share this beautiful yearning with you.

* Nepo, Mark. The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting (Kindle Locations 1471-1479). Sounds True. Kindle Edition.

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This sounds like fun!

Vita Brevis Press

Vita Brevis is hosting a four-day haiku competition–taking place entirely in the comment section of this post!

Here’s What You Need to Know:

How to Submit:

1. Submit one nature-themed haiku as a comment on this post

2. Reblog this post on your blog or write a post announcing that you’ve entered it

3. (Optional) Give good feedback on other commenters’ work!

Theme: Nature

Reward: We’ll publish the winning poet, featuring their haiku on the front page of our online magazine with a link to their blog.

When: Starting right now (08/10), ending Monday night (08/13)

Questions: Use our Contact Us page–I’ll get back to you soon!

Support Us Here.

I’ll try to respond to as many of you as I can–get writing and have fun!

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Four Windows Press has announced that the latest book by Ethel Mortenson Davis is now available on Amazon. Ethel is one of my favorite poets, and I hope you’ll take a look. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Tail-Milky-Way-Galaxy/dp/1719303886/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532120613&sr=8-1&keywords=under+the+tail+of+the+milky+way+ethel+davis


Four Windows Press has just published Ethel Mortenson Davis’s new book, Under the Tail of the Milky Way Galaxy.


This is Ethel’s fifth book of poetry and has all of the poems she has written since moving to Wisconsin from New Mexico.

John Looker, one of the world’s finest poets, The Human Hive, wrote from Great Britain that “Here is a harvest of finely-judged lyrical poems that express a joy in the natural world.  Carefully observed and beautifully expressed, they are not just nature poems however.  Ethel Mortenson Davis has a deep reverence for nature, coupled with a sadness at humankind’s frequent indifference.”

Standing Feather, whose book, The Glowing Pink, has recently been published by Four Windows Press, said in his review that “There is something profoundly spiritual and tragically elusive in our understanding of the vast wilderness.  In Under the Tail of the Milky Way Galaxy

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I’ve read several of these wonderful books by Thomas Davis and Ethel Mortenson Davis. Congratulations to them for having this display in their local bookstore!


A new bookstore has opened on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay! We used to have two bookstores, but they have closed. Now Margaret Magle has opened a new bookstore on Third Avenue downtown. She is, right now, featuring books by Ethel Mortenson and Thomas Davis. We are hoping both tourists and local folks visit the store at 41 N. Third Avenue since we are hoping Margaret succeeds in her new endeavor.


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This poignant poem by SLP Martin (Charles) deeply moved me. It’s a tender love poem of sorts. Southern California needs rain desperately. It is on fire. Climate change is real.

Read Between the Minds

the rains
do not come
should we
plow the fields
do we
out of habit
the dying earth
as if
making promises
a lover
we will
meet again
why is it
we hold
this dry earth
in our hands
so long
that shall

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This brilliant little poem speaks for itself.

The Cheesesellers Wife

Words are blunt instruments
Poetry sharpens them
Tries to bring them to a point
To break the silence

Copyright © 2017 Kim Whysall-Hammond

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