National Poetry Month…it’s always about the journey!

Today’s poet is Rob Daly.

An Invitation

written by Rob Daly

A plane ride away
A re-union is planned,
For a place I embraced
Forty years ago.
 
I scan the names
From our six room school
Were these my friends?
Do they remember me?
 
I needed freedom,
Something different,
I took control of my life
In a new school with no rules.
 
In English class we studied
Rock music
In History we took photos
And printed them in a darkroom
Which was the bathroom.
 
The next year I chose
My old high school and a new job
With rules I understood
And freedom to excel.
 
Should I remember the people
From my lost and found year?
I can wear a badge and smile,
Watch for a familiar face.
 
But I won’t remember if we
Took a picture together
Or listened to music.
My friends from forty years ago
Have been in my life all this time.
 
 

National Poetry Month – erev Passover…

For those who celebrate Passover we offer today’s poem by Liz Eisen.

Her Blessing

written by Liz Eisen

Carefully her hands washed the china and set it on the table surrounding the brightly polished old brass candlesticks and the cut glass vase filled with flowers from her garden.

Gently her hands took out the Seder plate and placed the shank bone, bitter herbs, the egg, the charoset, karpas, and matzah upon it.

Meaningfully her hands created the meal: soup and gefilte fish, brisket and tsimmes, kugel, macaroons and baked apples.

Tenderly her hands cupped her grandson’s cheeks, held him warm in her grasp until he squirmed away.

Softly her hands struck the match, lit the candles and she waved them in front of her face one, two, three as she said the words of the prayer from her heart.

Respectfully her hands held the hagaddah and lifted the wine glass.

Joyfully her hands followed her voice as she sang each prayer and song.

Sorrowfully her hands broke the matzah and brought it to her mouth, reminding her bittersweetly of the past.

Lovingly her hands served the meal to her family; she passed each platter and smiled as they ate.

Purposefully her hands cleared the table.

Knowingly her hands washed the china, the pots and pans, the mugs and saucers.

Tenderly her hands waved goodbye and then she rested them against her chest, the house once again quiet.

Her hands were a blessing from God.

National Poetry Month – What triggers a poem?

Our Poet today is Laura L Mays Hoopes

Cardamom in Jericho

written by Laura L Mays Hoopes

Cardamom scent from the coffee
In Jericho on a small round stool
Happy to be in this large gift shop
And not stranded on the road
Or taken to a nameless place
For nefarious purposes.

My husband will come here later
As he walks slowly down the desert road
Alone, hearing voices of the past
And the ravens of today
Avoiding large boulders and
Small slippery stones underfoot.

I was supposed to come down
On the bus with Mohammed.
The telephone call upset him
He said, “Get out and stand by the road
To watch for a red car with two men,”
The bus disappeared.

I thought of Americans in duct tape
Poised under cars, driven through the night
Hidden in small villages for years
And I was sore afraid.
But a red car rocketed along
Opened its doors and I got in.

Still the worries beset me.
Three men, not two.
Not talking or laughing, just driving
Very fast, around curves
Down the hills and through the city
But now parking at a big store.

Surely the worry could stop now.
When I went inside, Kikin handed me
The cup of cardamom coffee
In a delicate glass cup
Held in twisted brass wires.
“Please, lady, sit here.”

The ordeal was all inside my head.
Nothing bad happened.
But the adrenaline was high
And I laughed and laughed
And spent a great deal of money
In my relief.


National Poetry Month – Where to hear poetry? Where to read poetry?

Looking for poetry in the Los Angeles area?  Check out this site I found: Poetry Slam & Other Reading Opportunities .  Our Poet today is Rossana D’Antonio

Imbalance

written by Rossana D’Antonio

It’s hard leaving behind the canyon.
The lush and vibrant landscape.
The sun peaking from behind the mountains.
The crystalline air piercing with each breath.
And the peaceful silence outlined by the hum of the wind.
 
The oedometer on the dashboard slowly ticks away the start of a new day.
My gilded cage in the glass cube overlooking the concrete city.
Everything changed after the accident.
Baggage full of crises at my doorstep.
Second guessing what I’ve worked for all my life.
 
People reinvent themselves all the time.
Leave behind six figure salaries, trek across the world in search of spiritual renewal.
Eating, praying and loving, writing about it and have it become a blockbuster movie.
It’s not that easy.
Or maybe it is and I just don’t have the courage.

National Poetry Month…

Today our poet is Liz Eisen.

Tinnitus

written by Liz Eisen

would i have ever chosen
this constant
companion
this annoyance
this sound
this whine

that forever
drones in my ear

with all sincerity
i can say
i’d rather hear
the sweet harmony
of quiet

without relentless
sound in my head

i wish nothing could hide
the beauty

of words
of music
of their voices