Thursday, May 30, 2013

Screen Door


                                ... screen door opens to small faces

                                              ... withered hands tenderly place drooping cowslips in a green vase

                                ... crossed legs cradle a favorite book

                                              ... on the page a grizzly bear scooping salmon from a stream

                                ... summer seeping through etched glass

Photograph by Wilma Birdwell

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Apple Orchard Morning

                                                    ... apple orchard morning / old metal baskets

                                 ... herbs drying in the cabin

                                                                               ... horses hug the fence line

The photograph is mine.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Red Chimneys

                              ... the misty breath of autumn

                                                                           ... grey smoke curling from red chimneys

Poem by guest poet, Cletis Stump :

Photograph by Rod Kirkpatrick

Monday, May 27, 2013

An Unfinished Poem

                                                           ... summer / nineteen seventy nine

                             ... a silver earring / an unfinished poem

                                                                                       ... a sandal with a broken strap

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Meadowlark Sings

                                                       ... over the prairie

                        ... storm clouds

                                                                       ... in tall grass the meadowlark sings

Photograph by Jeff Rennicke

Saturday, May 25, 2013


                        ... summer on a palomino horse

                                                           ... sunlight through the trees / bare feet in cool water

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Birth of Summer

                       ... held together by stolen spiderwebs

                                                                                              ... this tiny nest of moss and seeds
                                       ... the hummingbird gives birth to summer

Photograph by Shireen Nadir:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cat Morning

                                     ... cat morning ... stretches

                                                                                 ... curls softly around the porch

Poem by guest poet, Cletis Stump :

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lights from the Barn

                                                         ... lights from the barn cast an amber glow

                                     on the frozen river

                                                                                ... bewildered owl looks for the moon

Photograph by John Vose

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Above Sabbathday Lake

                                               ... in treetops above sabbathday lake

                         ... a congregation of crows
                                                                                  ... crab apples cradled in grass 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Where the Farmhouse Stood

                 ... where the farmhouse stood a new marsh forms

                          ... where once we slept in beds beneath bright stars // blackbirds on thin reeds

Photograph by Julien Ratel

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Where the Rails Converge

           ... living this railroad walking life / stepping from tie to tie

                                       ... looking for something up there ... up there where the rails converge

Poem by guest poet, Cletis Stump :

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Whippoorwill Calling

                            ... whippoorwill calling in the cool august night
                                                                        ... a woman's handbag ... left open on the table

Painting by Michael A. DiGiorgio

Friday, May 17, 2013

Angels Weep

                                                    among crushed flowers she lies

                                                    face against damp earth

                                                                                      ... angels weep

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Grey Flannel Sky

                                               ... grey flannel sky

                                                                        ... red tailed hawk / sails upriver

Photograph by Goran Stamenkovic

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Only the Stars

                    ... no maps / no charts / no compass

                                                                               ... only the desert

                                                                                                        ... only the stars in descending order

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ghosts on the River

                       ... dusk falls

                                        ... the curious owl calls to the ghosts on the river 
                                                                                                   ... white pelicans fold their wings

The photograph is mine.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Emerson by Lamplight

                         on summer nights a multitude of crickets sing in the dark

                         reminding the childless couple inside they are not alone

                        winter nights they read Emerson by lamplight while La traviata

                        sails round and round on the green felt of the aging Victrola


                        after the house has fallen quiet she walks outside

                        watches as each star takes its place across the vast night sky

                        in the spring when it feels like the wind might never stop blowing
                        she looks out at the endless rolling hills ~ remembers the ocean

The photograph is mine.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Blackberry Jam

                         ... in a jar of blackberry jam / my mother's last summer


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Riding with the Ancient Ones

                       ... riding with the ancient ones / bending with the river

Photograph by Sam Tang

Friday, May 10, 2013

Songs of Earth

                                                               ... bayou summer
                                            ... sensual / rhythmic
                                                                            ... songs of water / songs of earth

Poem by guest poet, Cletis Stump :

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Morning Soft Breeze

                                                          ... morning soft breeze

                              ... she moves to him 
                                                                               ... creamy lace moved gently to the side

                                            ... a single chair for two

Photograph by Harold Feinstein

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Moonlight Falls

                                                      ... under the moon of wild phlox
                          ... coyotes circle the field

                                                                                    ... moonlight falls on the cabin's tin roof

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Grass Stains

                                    ... grass stains on her eyelet sundress / longhorns in the distance

                     ... on his tongue / the beautiful rolling of words

Monday, May 6, 2013

In Mud Boots and Flannel

                                                                         ... in mud boots and flannel / we prune apple trees

                        ... sacrificing the fragile for the strong

                                                                   ... I stand among them ... and weep


Painting by Isaac Levitan  (1860 - 1900)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

She Walks

                                                         ... wearing slippers of lichen and moss
                         ... she walks in the woods by the river 

                                                                             ... butterflies tremble on raspberry stained fingers

Photograph by Brett Price

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Compass in Your Heart

                                             A new frontier is waiting for you  ... Go / don't dawdle

                                             Harness the mules / pack the wagon / take everything

                                             You won't be returning

                                             And don't forget the music box

                                             The one that plays Some Enchanted Evening

                                             You'll need it on the trail

                                            Leave the maps / put down that compass

                                            You know true north / it's in your heart

                                            Go / and don't look back


                                           You'll know when you get there

My reading of this poem on public radio: 

Friday, May 3, 2013

After the Storm

                        ... late day blue sky / after the storm                      
                                       the attendant wind 
                                                brushes sunlight from the yellow grass

Poem by guest poet, Cletis Stump:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The World Is Yours

                      The little purple flowers that grow on the side of the road in eastern Wyoming 

                      are yours

                      The cumulus clouds that hang over the Sangre de Cristos in late summer 

                      they're yours

                      The black rocks that emerge from the water's edge at Old Orchard Beach 

                      they're yours too

                      as is the lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth


                      That stretch of road on the south shore of Lake Superior leading to the Apostle Islands 

                      you know that's yours 

                      The last turn in the road leaving the Cumberland Plateau

                      it's all yours 

                      the world and everything in it

My reading of this poem on public radio:

The photograph is mine, taken at Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

On Luminous Wings

                                           on luminous wings of morning ~ swans follow the river
                                                                        in a perfect triangle 
                                                                                  of light


Photograph by Bernd Ruttkowski