Apr 142014

PAD #14 prompt: If I were
if I were you
I’d leave all this behind…
blossom rain
If I were a bird
I’d be a dove drinking
from your lips
the nectar
of words

Apr 092014

she crouches under
magnolia stellata
and viburnum carlcephalum
hiding the scent
of her fear
spring rain…
a baby doll under
Solomon’s seal

Apr 072014

PAD #7 Self-Portrait
beach combing
I even collect grains
of sand
message in a bottle…
the shells on the beach I wrapped
in tissue paper
if only I could read
the rhythm in their stories


Apr 052014

Prompt #5: Discovery
dawn chorus
the sound of car engines


into the bread maker
then pressing start –
a recipe for life’s
little pleasures

This is how Day #5 is playing

Apr 042014

Prompt: since (childhood)
since childhood
the taste of cherries
and you
Prompt: since (yesterday)
since yesterday
a melody makes the rounds
in my head…
the trail of smoke floats
then dissipates
You can read all the entries here

Apr 032014

PAD Day #3 Prompt: message
nets of mist…
an unopened letter
carried downstream


if you find this bottle
hold it close to your heart
drink from its words –
a gentle breeze will fill your sails
will lift the stone off your heart

Apr 022014

wild roses…
all the languages crossing
the Aegean


she turns into books
stories granny planted
in her ear…
caique journeys crisscross
the lines on her pages


PAD prompt: voyage

Apr 012014

This April I am taking part in the Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day Challenge. Writing one poem each day of the month in addition to my other commitments is going to be tough, but hey, who likes the easy life!

April 1st prompt: beginnings/endings.

Here are my two offerings:
plum blossoms
the beginning of all
how many days
she waits by the window
to the empty street…
waiting for dusk
this unlived life
There are many poetic offerings on the site, and I look forward to reading them and following up on poets. Click here for the link to Day 1.

So, Robert Lee Brewer, bring them on!

Oct 312012

cemetery pines

whispering among the needles

the gentlest of songs

Margaret Dornaus, poet, writer, and teacher, as well as haiku-doodler in her own words, has put together for the third year running a wonderfully moving collection celebrating the Day of the Dead, also known in Catholic circles as All Saints’ Day. It is a privilege and a treat to be included in it, as well as to read poems by several poet friends from all over the world who answered Margaret’s call.

Visit her post and read the poems. There is a tanka I particularly like, written by Margaret for Hortensia Anderson. I love the thought in it: now Hortensia is dead, Margaret can only know her through the scent of her blooms, her poems.

Happy Halloween!



May 022012

I am thrilled to report that:

my short story/flash ‘The Silence in my Cell’ is now online in the May edition of Tuck Magazine. They say it is a MUST read! See what you think. It can be read here

my tanka ‘Tin Mug’ now appears in ‘ars poetica 2′ – newest poems of Poets Online. It can be found on their site here  (This is a bit more complicated to find: go to Archive, click newest poems/ ars poetica 2)

Apr 162012

National Poetry Month 2012 – Update. Taking part in Couplets, the multi-author poetry blog organized by Joanne Merriam of Upper Rubber Boot Books, I was honoured to be featured:

On the 1st of April 2012 at Margaret Dornaus’ wonderful blog ‘haiku-doodle

On the 6th of April 2012, at Angie Werren’s great blog for micropoetry ‘feathers

In the same project, Couplets, 1st of April, I hosted the exquisite poetry of Margaret Dornaus on my own blog. Margaret offered three of her excellent tanka poems.

I also had the pleasure of hosting Lisa Cihlar, whose poetry I love. Lisa wrote a fascinating article about the creation of one of her characters, ‘Swampy Woman.’

There is more to come in the second half of the month. And there are so many good poets taking part in this project! Visit the Couplets site and enjoy! And don’t forget to come back!

Mar 152012

Delighted and honoured that my tanka was shortlisted for the Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Vol 4.

The anthology series founded by tanka poet and editor, M. Kei, announced the short list for the fourth annual volume (2011) in March 2012. The nine editors headed by M. Kei (USA), Patricia Prime (NZ), Magdalena Dale (RO), Amelia Fielden (AUS), Claire Everett (UK), Owen Bullock (NZ), David Terelinck (AUS), Janick Belleau (CAN), and David Rice (USA), embarked on the amazing feat of reading all tanka published in English during 2011 with the goal of selecting the best individual tanka, kyoka, waka, gogyohka, gogyoshi, tanka sequences, tanka prose, and responsive tanka for inclusion in the annual anthology. The team read approximately eighteen thousand poems to choose about three hundred for inclusion in this, the fourth and final volume in the Take Five series. Well done to the editors and to the poets among us who got selected! I for one am thrilled and hugely encouraged!

The announcement can be read here