Like so many other people, the year and a half pandemic has thrown my sense of time way off. I’m so far behind in posting newly published poems on this blog that I find myself now playing catch up. I am both honored and happy to have had such fine journals select some of my work to publish in 2021.
both of us relieved we made it to this side of the pandemic – falling back in love with spring’s soft greening
Three poems (two haiku and one tanka) were published in the winter issue of Kokako, 2021. I have a real fondness for this journal because I love all things Kiwi. New Zealand is a beautiful country with such great people. They have a very active poetry community, and Kokako is a beautiful journal to be part of.
snow drifts ~ the wild wind’s last brief fling
woodland colours now grow pale winter light
arranging zinnias in an old milk jug, this pandemic silence urges me to notice the simplest things
the chiming clock begins to wind down . . . five months of quarantine yet still the roses bloom and red birds sing
This tanka was published in October, but obviously was written in early summer. We are now nine months into this pandemic. Writing is a wonderful relief as we isolate ourselves. Like so many poets, I find my writing has been changed by the pandemic.
cattails: The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, October 2020 issue