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Poet's corner: When three trees fall in the forest

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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The Force

When I hear a giant,

Jack in the Beanstalk creaking,

I think tree immediately,

but puzzle when it persists,

without a trace of wind.

I enter the woods cautiously,

with an eye on the canopy?

and witness, after maybe

eighty years of growing?

a top-heavy poplar, easing

slowly as an archly fainting

maiden down?then, suddenly

as an accident to ground?

with an awesome final display

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Poet's corner: From a witch's brew... to something new

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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Stirring the Pot

 

My freezer’s full

of ice cream, cookies, candy

I want to forget I have.

And, in most of the space,

vegetable parts:

carrot peels,

zucchini ends,

external leaves of

cabbages, cauliflowers,

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Poet's corner: A ferry ride is a passage loaded with images

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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Riding the Staten Island Ferry in a Thunderstorm

 

We’re only on it for the excitement, we

elders: the thrill of riding the East

River like a bucking horse in driving

rain, lightning flash – and maybe

a hurricane. A woman wants to turn back.

Swim, then, her man says. Dime-sized

hail dices the waves, but we’ve come a day-

long trek on Amtrak to see Ms. Liberty –

and there she is! to starboard,

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Poetry: To Begin

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



To Begin, but not the usual way with words,

ideas, with pen and paper, but just…..

Begin.  Touch of air this morning

and a carrying of it toward something,

coffee and a cool breeze,

awareness that hasn’t been for some time

clouded over as it is with so much –

emotion, debris, spring run amok.

A good cleaning might do.

Just the word itself: Begin.

Say yes once and mean it.

Dance upon the letters,

open each one up, and breathe.

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Poet's corner: A special appearance from 13th century Persia

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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Each Note 

(excerpted from the full poem)

 

Life freezes if it doesn’t get a taste

of this almond cake.

The stars come up spinning

every night, bewildered in love.

They’d grow tired with that revolving, if they weren’t.

They’d say, “How long do we have to Do this!”

God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.

Each note is a need coming through one of us,

a passion, a longing-pain.

Remember the lips

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Poet's corner: Of love and a teapot

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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The little things

I am in love with my teapot

I love it for the song it sings

Fluted gently between the cracks

That smile that jagged grin

Breathing steam in soft green notes

 

I am in love with my doorknob

I love the way it fills my hand

So firm with its feminine curve

Pressing into my palm, guiding me

Through the wall on a lingering farewell

 

I am in love with my car

I love that I must feed and change it

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Poet's Corner: The answering music

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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An Act of Faith
 
this daily push to the frigid studio
turning on the heat, starting a fire in
the old iron square-boxed stove
veteran of uncounted winters
slow warming of the flesh and psyche
as waves of heat permeate to bone
 

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Poet's Corner: Manual for succumbing to joy

Posted on March 19, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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Poet's Corner: In a Winter Wood with Linda Shere

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



The Visit

 

I think about you occasionally,

at random, and realize

with just a slight shift,

there is a refrain.

I want to sit, leaning

against the wall of your cabin

in whatever sun January can offer.

The snow has made everything simple

and stark. Wind passes through

a copse of aspens, barely sketched

against a very blue sky. The firs

are dark, and you can hear them.

I’d arrive, trackless, in the snow,

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Poet's Corner: As time goes by

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



Stubbornly Persistent Illusion of Time

 

“The distinction between the past, present, and future

is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”  Albert Einstein

 

The stubbornly persistent illusion of time,

is obvious when I consider the photo collages –

when I gaze at my young father and mother

from where they live on my wall,

patient, constant, faithful. 

 

Dad is 20, a full head of dark hair,

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