Sunday Morning

The Ekphrastic Review: writing and art on art and writing, has published my poem, “Sunday Morning.”

Let me give you a brief “back story” on this poem. Many years ago, I stopped writing completely for around twenty-five years. Total silence in my life. I don’t know why it happened, but it did. After what can only be be termed a spiritual experience on a trip to the Fijordland in New Zealand, poetry somehow magically entered my life again. I can’t explain this. It just happened, and I know it happened for a reason. This poem was the first complete poem I wrote when my poetic “voice” returned, and it’s only been read by one other person until today. It’s taken me about fifteen years to gather courage to submit it anywhere. My deepest thanks to editor, Lorette C. Luzajic, for publishing this piece.

Here is the link to the journal: http://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic/april-21st-2016

 

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Rijksmuseum, Out the Window (c) 2013 Mary Kendall

 

Sunday Morning

 

Hymns unsung, prayers unsaid,
I sat by the window and prayed
for forgiveness one more time;
one more time I begged.

 

Holding the cup of coffee in my hand,
I hoped the warmth would fill me
where your words had left me cold,
but I knew nothing could do that—
fire can burn for hours and be unfelt.

 

Hymns unsung, prayers unsaid,
I lay down on the empty bed, pulling
the blanket across my cheek, turning
from the window, from the sky
and the sun, praying for some rest.

 

 

 

Note: The window in the photo is not, of course, the window of the poem. I love taking pictures of windows when I travel, especially indside looking out. This photo was taken in June 2013 when my husband and I were in Amsterdam, visiting the beautiful Rijksmuseum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gusts ~ Tanka #2

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Gusts ~ Tanka #1

Gusts Summer 2016

 

I’ve had the good fortune to have three of my tanka published in the latest issue of GUSTS,
NO. 23, Contemporary Tanka, Spring/Summer 2016 (Tanka Canada). This is the first time my work has appeared in this beautiful poetry journal, and I’m most grateful to the editor, Kozue Uzawa.

I’ve decided to post each tanka separately here on my blog.

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Morello Cherries

Artwork by Alexis Rotella (c) 2016

Artwork by Alexis Rotella (c) 2016

 

In the Tanka Café, RIBBONS: Journal of the American Tanka Society, Winter 2016: Volume 12, Number 1:

 

 

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Note: I would like to thank poet/artist Alexis Rotella for her beautiful rendition of these Morello cherries. I’m honored that she would create and share this lovely piece of art with me.

Train Whistle (a haiga)

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My Train Whistle haiga was published in the April 2016 issue of Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, edited by Michael Rehling.

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Please view the whole issue of this wonderful journal:       http://www.haikuhut.com/FailedHaikuIssue4.pdf

 

 

Some Senryu for Springtime

Some of you already know that one of my newest favorite online journals to read is Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu. Edited by Michael Rehling, this journal has taken off in the really large number of readers and downloads. The latest issue is 100 pages of some of the finest haiku/senryu poets writing today. Please be sure to visit and download the journal, which comes in pdf form. You will really delight in these poems and as with all senryu, emotions run from laughter to being touched deeply and seriously.

http://www.haikuhut.com/FailedHaikuIssue4.pdf

I was fortunate to have one haiga (which I will post separately) and two senryu published in the April 2016 issue. I am thrilled! These are my offerings:

 

 

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