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Poet's Corner: Letting down the floodgate

Posted on March 28, 2019 |
By Susan Jefts



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Ground Truthed

Here is the long season of forgiveness.

Love leaves only the lilies

wanting from a ghostly harvest:

The fruit was too green to pick,

the stalks were torn from their roots.

 

Soon evening spring rains

will be the blessing and commission.

Skin will be night air.

Dawn throated songs begin

each day.

 

I am a poor king: bird on a branch,

stone picker, woodsman, herdsman.

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Poet's corner: Remembering Leonard Gibbs

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
By Susan Jefts



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Never Let Love Be All

 

Never let love be all, all the dreams fulfilled;

a life of constant joy will tire itself.

Moments of loving, heights of ecstasy

are islands in the ocean’s gentle swell.

 

Love’s no museum, filled with endless art,

the ancient masters that must not be touched.

The perfect picture, frozen in its frame

will fade, perfection will become a bore.

 

Only a fool will see his love as all,

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Poet's Corner: A moment in winter

Posted on January 24, 2019 |
By Susan Jefts



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To See it

 

We need to separate to see

the life we’ve made.

We need to leave our house

where someone waits for us, patiently,

warm beneath the sheets.

We need to don a sweater, a coat, mittens,

wrap a scarf around our neck,

stride down the road,

a cold winter morning,

and turn our head back,

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Poet's corner: A sacred circle, on the other side

Posted on November 29, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



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Borderland

As we zig zag the

US and Canada border

from Maine to Seattle

and into Alaska

 

We travel through Native lands

families and friends separated

long lines of cars and trucks

on land and bridges

close communities

divided

 

Passports to be shown

sunglasses off

those with a DUI

cannot cross over

even as passengers

or ever again

I heard it said

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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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