Rhyme & Reason

We’ve all had them: stretches of lo-o-o-ong workdays. They might last a week. They might last a life. They can be good, but their fullness can overwhelm. In such fullness, poetry—my beloved—often gets relegated to the edges of schedules.
To keep words alive in my heart, I let my pen do silly things in the in-betweens. I often play with rhyming—though my finished poetry pretty much never rhymes. This week when I played, I think I balanced decades of free verse with the following rhymed-up ditty. It made me smile, so I thought I’d share a bit of unpolished fun with you, wherever the end of your workday finds you…

For Dear Life—
lightning-chaser, fear-facer
land-lubber, toe-stubber
ballast-bearer, double-dare-er
stone-skipper, Little Dipper
show-stealer, eighteen-wheeler
tick-tocker, baby rocker
doppelganger, head-banger
slow-to-anger cliff-hanger
undercover comics-lover
glass-brimmer, hope-glimmer
shallows-treader, deep-ender
goosebump-shiver, love-giver
word-wrangler, star-spangler
angel-harker, dream-sparker—
hang       on       tight. 

May we all find reasons to make room for our passions—and may play make it onto the to-do list! 


Here are some events & workshops on the horizon (find more info for each on the events page of my website):

The School of Creativity: Breathe, Believe, Become May 15-18. My poetry workshop is on Friday, May 18, from 2-4 pm. (Redding, CA) 

Vignettes & Postcards From Morocco Readings from the anthology on Friday, June 8, 6:30 pm at Rebel Heart Books (Jacksonville, OR)

Poets & Painters… & Berries!  A poetry & painting workshop with Mindy Carpenter & me, inspired by the summer berry harvest. Saturday, June 9 from 11-3 at Pennington Farms (Grants Pass, OR).

Deep Travel Morocco: The Art of Pilgrimage with Phil Cousineau. October 18-26 (Fez & Moulay Idriss, Morocco)

art + word + spirit

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