Sunday, November 6, 2016

HOLIDAYS and GRATITUDE #62 and #63

70 Poems for 70 Days 
 is a collection of poetry I wrote as a birthday present to myself and gifted in book format to 70 of my friends and family members. Over a period of 70 Sundays, I am submitting the poems in the order of composition, along with a short comment about the poem’s style or theme,
often including a complementary photograph.

With linked poetry, a form of Japanese Renshi poetry,
the last lines of one poem are used to form the title of the next poem,
then the next poem shifts to a different topic.

I hope you find a few entries that bring a smile to your face or a long buried memory to the surface of your consciousness. Poetry is like that, whether you are the reader or the author.

Now The Pie


Holidays bring family close together

with birthdays a favorite, for the cake.

Chocolate is the choice most every time.


The 4th means potlucks and fireworks

displays in the park, on the island,

or near the shore. With watermelon

chilling in the cooler for dessert.


Thanksgiving’s feast means

now the pie takes center stage, topped

with vanilla ice or fresh whipped cream.


Christmas is a winter solstice celebration

most anticipated every year. The sacred

offering of bread and wine consumed with

wrongs forgiven and gratitude expressed.
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With Gratitude
 Geckos on my lanai bring
good luck into
my home.
With gratitude
I watch their
high-speed sprints.
 Birds on the high wires
chirp me awake
the sun our silent clock
Their downy feathers
floating on trade winds
demonstrate a ballerina’s grace.
Nature delivers peace
at morning’s start,
lightening my cares.
Sipping caffeine black,
the pain subsides
leaving only re-occurring thoughts.
Ah, the unparalleled pleasure of sipping morning coffee on the lanai before the weight of the day demands your full attention. Still not fully awake, unmindful of opinions pressing down with unrelenting force, obligations stacked for later consideration, and disorderly expectations of unruly humanity. 
Soon, the geckos scurry for cover,
the birds' chirps become more frantic,
and the sun's golden rays appear to tarnish
Back to a world of reality. 

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