Last phone call, or: Blue stained glass

Poetry Partners #110 'Last Phone Call', a poem by Mary Anne Abdo of 'Blue Stained Glass' One call, four lines. "Dad, can you hear us?" "Mom is outside of your bedroom window. She wants to say, 'Hello!'" Hearing his wife banging on the window, "Marty can you hear me?" Only an inaudible acknowledgement rang over… Continue reading Last phone call, or: Blue stained glass

Inadvertently, or: All so innocent

A sijo unwittingly fascinating endless stories each teasing my mind flirtatiously quite inadvertently, of course learned to always keep my guard up though it's all so innocent 'Ronovan Writes' poetry challenge Sijo Wednesday #3 Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that include the word 'guard' today. Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of… Continue reading Inadvertently, or: All so innocent

In Your hands, or: Out of mine

Poetry Partners #57 'In Your Hands', a poem by Naa Lamiorkor Boye of 'GemsFromASapphire' They say sticks and stones break bones But it felt like every single one of the 206 bones in my body shattered when you abandoned me. I wasn't just hurt. I experienced the kind of pain that grips your heart like… Continue reading In Your hands, or: Out of mine

Micropoetry, a reflection

My entry into micropoetry Recently, as I've noted, I completed a series of 365 micropoems, all of which I've scheduled to be posted on my Twitter account at a rate of one per day until Dec. 31st, 2021 (actually, until Jan. 1st, 2022). This experience, as you can imagine, has given me a feel for… Continue reading Micropoetry, a reflection

Sympathy, or: Empathy

Epigraph: Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.โ€“Alan Alda (b. 1936) An American sentence: Sincere curiosity led me to listen, which rather changed me. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure… Continue reading Sympathy, or: Empathy

A magnetic and strange thing, a creative force…

The best way to persuade people is with your ears - by listening to them.-Dean Rusk (1909 โ€“ 1994) Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.-Alan Alda (b. 1936) Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other… Continue reading A magnetic and strange thing, a creative force…

Don’t judge, compare, or try to fix others

Israel means: "Struggle with God" A young rabbi friend of mine once praised me, suggesting that my ongoing contemplations about God, given that I'm an adult in my forties, are a testament to my relationship with God. My back-and-forth struggle with the concept (even though I lean more towards doubt than belief), as he framed… Continue reading Don’t judge, compare, or try to fix others