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featured poets ~ Joanne Marie Firth @JoanneMFirth + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015
{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Joanne  Marie  Firth

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Joanne Marie Firth
aka  @JoanneMFirth

Joanne Marie Firth  { @JoanneMFirth }  is my best friend.  we met on twitter toward the end of  2010.  she lives across the country,  we’ve never been face-to-face  {yet}  but she is like a sister to me.  i have the utmost respect for Joanne as a woman,  mother,  human being….  poet,  writer,  photographer,  artist.  she has been writing since she was young and her talent is at a level far beyond the reach of  most.  when you go to her blog,  don’t miss her additional page of   Haiku…a few less words than usual.   enjoy her words and images  ~

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The Edge Of  My Dreams”    by   Joanne Marie Firth

Disjointed scenarios

Crashing  waves

Falling asunder

Until wakefulness saves

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Eyes barely open…..Read More

via   Words, Just Words

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How Far Is It?   by  Joanne Marie Firth

How far is it?

from

Elation to exasperation

from

Hope to craving

from

Desire to disgust

How far is it?

from…..Read More


via  Words, Just Words

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Fruition   by  Joanne Marie Firth

Today is the day. Three months of waiting, watching…..Read More

via  Words, Just Words

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Renewal    by  Joanne Marie Firth

From the beginning

tangled and jarred

answers before questions

future plans scarred

*****

Reality captured

what I was on the run from…..Read More

via   Words, Just Words

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HAIKU   by  Joanne Marie Firth

In my quiet heart

resides echos of laughter

…..Read More

{ scroll down through the haiku to the tenth one }

via  Haiku…a few less words than usual
at   Words, Just Words

all  artwork  and  photography  is  by  Joanne  M.  Firth©

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2012 featured poet at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the authors

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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featured poets ~ Beez Laine @beezknez + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015
{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Beez  Laine
aka  @beezknez

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Beez  Laine
aka  @beezknez

i met  Beezknez   on  twitter  {  @beezknez  }  about five years ago.  she lives in  Australia where she writes and tweets extraordinary poetry,  and is one of  the nicest people you will ever meet ~  i  call her my sweet little honey bee.  Beez  is a woman who lives life fully and is the human version of  “joie de vivre.”  Beez has two blogs:  In The Hive   and   In The Bloom.

in her own words  ~

“Poetry~human rights~animal rights~my Rights~your rights everyones writes right write”

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Dream .. I Am…     by   Beezknez

Touched by the misty mornings light
kisses whispered across my blue eyes
with surprise I am looking out of myself
looking down at me in my dream

I am the sky
looking now into my eyes
white clouds drift on by
An extraordinary…..Read More

via  In The Hive

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A Strange Affair ~ Depression    by   Beezknez

The kiss
of promise
to always be
the quiet of me
Loneliness
like cold death
Oh Jealous Lover
it has always been you

The sadness of a cross
lays like
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via   In The Bloom

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Full Bloom   by   Beezknez

the fragility of rose
full bloom
her fall from the crown
leaves
tiny droplets
of blood red petals
spread
…..Read More

via  In The Bloom

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Finding Grace in a landslide   by   Beezknez

Around her landslide of age
Falls a tangled mass of wild flower and vine
where ravens wings shadowed her light
nesting in the black holes of her eyes
‘There is a saying isn’t there ~ she thinks
about something beautiful happening
as one leaves life for death
She looks back to her reflecti…..Read more

via  In The Bloom

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Ode To The Fallen Stars  (the social outcasts)    by   Beezknez

the best part of the fall is the getting back up in life.
N we can
Live life each day till it makes you breathless
Fly with all your arms n legs … Let your whole being feel every breath of breeze Jump
your body with the mind thought of a feather n skip rope with the wind
N don’t let yourself be blinkered by those in a race
Trust your own thoughts Your instinct n allow your own voice to see your words and
embrace them. These are your songs like no others.
You don’t need gang mind mentality to see your voice speaks.
You only need Love n the only blinkers you ever need in this life is Trust.
If those in your life are honest In their love you don’t need to see them catch you If you fall
The trust will see you through the falls throughout your life.
Love n Trust r the best friends you could ever have.
I You Me Us Them
seem like…..Read More


via  In The Hive

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2012 featured poet series at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the authors

blue sky image  ~  “Appearance of  sky…”   Mohammed Tawsif Salam
{ creative commons license }

rose image  ~  “Small Red Rose”   Libera
{  public domain }

stars image  ~  “SVG exact five-armed star filled”   Pumbaa80
{  public domain }

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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featured poets ~ Becca Givens + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015
{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Becca Givens

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Becca Givens

Becca Givens   is a woman on her spiritual path,  a poet,  an artist,  an animal communicator.  she loves photography,  cooking,  animals,  tea,  quotes,  writing haiku,  painting  { you can purchase sets of notecards decorated with her beautiful watercolors by  clicking HERE .}  Becca was voted the most  “Cheerful Challenger”  at The Haiku Challenge at Few Miles,  a title which was very well deserved ~ she is one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.  she shares her poetry,  artwork,  photographs,  recipes,  poetry forms  { i’ve learned of many forms from Becca}  and more on her blog    On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea  and here is but a very small sample ~

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Sunset Hues”    by   Becca Givens

Melting sunset hues

Delivering relie…..Read More

via   On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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Nostalgic Memories  by   Becca Givens

Illuminating

Sweet nostalgic memories

Power of the…..Read More

 via   On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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Lost – Can you see me?   by   Becca Givens

Pitch dark woods,

emit daunting

sounds and movements

raising all h…..Read More


via  On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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and a special treat!  one of  Becca’s  yummy recipes!

Pecan Pie Muffins    by    Becca Givens

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans (I used 1 ½ cups)
  • ⅔ cups Softened Butter
  • 2 whole Eggs Beaten
  • …..Read More


via  On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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2012 featured poet at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the authors

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 ⋆

have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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featured poet ~ Heather Feaga @wordblender + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015
{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Heather Feaga
@wordblender

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:  Heather Feaga
@wordblender

Heather Feaga  is a poet and artist i met on twitter  { @wordblender }  and whose micropoetry tweets will take your breath away.   in her own words,  from her poetry blog,  Cross-leaved Heather‘   ~  “Heather is one of the Bach flower remedies – heather:  need for company,  talks about self,  and concentrates on own problems” and from her art blog,   Heather Feaga – Accidental Artist‘  ~  “As an artist,  my objective is to put myself into my art,  hoping to be political,  emotional and expressive while ultimately working for well-informed simplicity….”  Heather’s work is included in an anthology:   Inspiration Speaks  Volume I.  Heather’s work is stunning.  it is my pleasure to share some of  her poetry and artwork with you here ~

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moving on    by   Heather

Moving on
Worthy of equals
I should be still
Like stone or the Sun
Doing what I do in my own brilliant light
Or my own dense ha…..Read More


via  Cross-leaved Heather

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salamander    by   Heather


via  Heather Feaga ~ Accidental Artist

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tumbled   by   Heather

She

Butterflies

Take flight

Beneath

This

Crus…..Read More

via  Cross-leaved Heather

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wire bracelet   by   Heather

via  Heather Feaga ~ Accidental Artist

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seasons”   by Heather

Never to write of Love again

Feeding its will to multiple

A disease spread across a field of Spring

The nefarious shadows in cold endless night

The tips of the earth on sl…..Read More

via  Cross-leaved Heather

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Birth of  Venus IV    by   Heather


via  Heather Feaga ~ Accidental Artist

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anyway”   by   Heather

I love you

She said

Under her breath

Heavy with the longing

Of water for dry la…..Read More

via  Cross-leaved Heather

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Penis Envy    by   Heather

via  Heather Feaga ~ Accidental Artist

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2012 featured poet series at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the author/artist

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 ⋆

 have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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featured poets ~ Shay aka Fireblossom + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015

{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Shay  aka  Fireblossom

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Shay  aka  Fireblossom

i first met  Shay aka Fireblossom  through   One Stop Poetry.  her main blog is  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN.  this is what she says about herself  in her profile ~ “Hates haiku.  Flies solo.”   she writes absolutely stunning poetry and prose.  in her writing she is original,  bold,  rebellious,  romantic,  evocative,  provocative.  to put it simply,  she is an  AMAZING writer!  after reading Fireblossom’s  poetry,  i  curl up in a ball sobbing because i will  NEVER  be able to come close to writing anything as exquisite,  imaginative,  enchanting,  terrifying,  powerful…    you’ll understand what i mean when you read her words.

Shay has five books published ~ 

Night Blooms by Shay Caroline ~ A collection of dark and mostly lesbian love stories which feature, by turns, everything from lycanthropes and vampires to lonely little old ladies and everything in between. You’ll meet a very seductive new neighbor, a ghost lover, and even a very female extraterrestrial. available  HERE

My Mad Love:  poems out in the noonday sun  by Shay Caroline Simmons ~  From a hospital reserved for carnival workers, to a wannabe actress whose Siberian tiger lover teaches her assertiveness, and on through the woman arrested by the secret police because they want to know about her lover’s beautiful hair, “My Mad Love” is an utterly unique collection of story poems which are both beautiful in their language and startling in their originality.  available  HERE

The Cherub of  Pierzanie Prison and other poems   by Shay Caroline Simmons  ~   Poems that tell stories, from the hated cherub of the title, to a demented realtor, to a pair of lesbian lovers in the Chinese revolutionary army, as well as delicate love poems.   available   HERE

Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn: three American women poets  by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson and Joy Ann Jones ~  A rippling triple vision through the heart’s crystal, both light and dark; riddles of needles and glass, demons and gypsies, love for men, love for other women, love for our children, love that damns and love that redeems, all of these motifs and more twine like scarlet threads through a little black dress in this triad of women building alternate universes with words. available   HERE

Three Note Howl:  The Wild Hunt  by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson and Joy Ann Jones ~  Dynamic poetry by three American women poets, each with her own style, but all combining to create an absolutely unique three-note howl.   available   HERE

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Valentina”    by    Fireblossom

Valentina flubs her lines.

The little weasel director crawls out of the drain and
gives her shit for it.

And she knows–

The way that birds know north,

That the entire picture is shit,

That she shouldn’t be there,

But there are bills to pay

And so there she is.

That night, she strokes her lover’s r…..Read More

via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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A Serengeti Gospel    by   Fireblossom

I was called by the matrilineal.

Already, from my grandmother, I had learned
that one who lies so still will not rise again
except in dreams;

From my aunt, I learned that laughter vexes
the devil. Her example came loudly and often,
delighting the child that I was;

And from my mother I learned that nothing is
safe, and not to trust love.

I wanted more. I longed to join the lionesses, and…..Read More


via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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Fire   by   Fireblossom

I dreamed that I was drunk and 23–

You were there with me,

Wearing old jeans and a ponytail.

We had wrecked the fucking car–

Driven it into a tree, far down a side road.

You had said…..Read More

via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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My Mad Love    by   Fireblossom

My mad love
makes it rain coffee indoors,
right into her cup
cos she say so and it do…

Cream rises
cos it likes her lips.
Hell yeah, Bo Peep,
me too.

My mad love…..Read More


via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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The Succubus Athena”    by   Fireblossom

When I was young, and the world too loud
Too bright
My defenses thin as tissue paper
Ridden with nightmares
Blessed with visions
Hammered with practicalities
Shoved in a box,
Unfurling only in secret
After dark
Under covers like dense fog, and I the ground,

She came.

Her owl twisted…..Read More

via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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2012 featured poet series at my heart’s love songs

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BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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