Member Monday: Shadows by Jennifer Levens

Welcome back to Member Monday.  You deserve a little more poetry in your life and Writers Forum Treasurer Jennifer Levens is here to give you your daily dose.Welcome, Jennifer.

Shadows

by Jennifer Levens

I walk the dog in the early morning, the sun barely risen

And it catches me low on the back and makes me fifteen feet tall

And so slender that I wish I could stay that way, thin and shapely an

Almost girlish in figure, lithe and agile striding along with dog in tow.

 

I go for a walk in the early morning, the sun barely risen

And it catches me on the hill as I walk into it and I can not

See behind me, so I miss the tall long slender person who is following me;

 

And the dog walks in front of me, sniffing here and there

For messages from his fellow dogs, unconcerned that his walking partner

Is longing for a younger slimmer self to match her thoughts and feelings as

She breathes the morning air and pictures herself loping with the dog over field and stream.

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Member Monday: All the Forever We Had by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.  Welcome, Linda!

All the Forever We Had

By Linda Boyden ©2014

All the forever we had,

four days,

three nights,

a speck of time

but with enough joy

to last an eternity

apart.

 

Joined at the heart,

time and space

could not separate us.

We wait for Time to

loop us together,

cradle us again.

 

Until then

we stay apart,

forever lovers,

heart-in-heart

against the dark.

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Member Monday: Dylan Retrospective by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.  Welcome, Linda!

Dylan Retrospective
By Linda Boyden ©2014

What happened to the wild poets
the crazy word makers?
Red
White
Black

            Brown
Hell, get drunk enough and everyone’s Irish,
30 pints of Guinness reveals the truth.

Where are the crazy poets?
We were the wanderers,
the word listeners,
the rat-ta-tat-tat beat
filling our brains
guitars trilling
to Smoky Mountain blessings
thoughts blurred as snow fields.

We passed the bread basket,
played jug band music,
hoped to eat,
sometimes didn’t.
So we wrote
we hoped
we lived to write.
We sucked up coffee,
and often just sucked;
used hunger as the fuel

to wind up unforgettable.
Immorality is one letter shy of immortality, a few cigarettes

and beers from the gutter.
Stolen lyrics, forgotten lines,
who cared, who remembers?
We got our words out.
We got our worlds out.

Now who will catch the torch?
Who cares where the hungry poets spend the night?
Who knows how to feed one?
Do we? Does anyone?
When are you going to howl, America?
Or are you star-spangled to death,
a no-child-left-behind-single-file-parade
to acres of beige houses with white trim?

When will you howl, America?
Where are your crazy poets?

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Member Monday: Kiss by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.  Welcome, Linda!

Kiss

By Linda Boyden ©2015

 

he wanted to tell her

of the depth of his love

a love beyond passion or need

he wanted to tell her of

the root of his love

the core of his soul

and to explain how much

it meant that she had found the lost key

the tarnished thing buried

within the sediment of hurt

under the dregs of loss

the thing he had forgotten

he needed, but he couldn’t find the words.

He couldn’t say how

for years he existed with a sense of lack

with a sense of longing

for something he couldn’t quite describe

 

she put one finger upon his lips

and with a kiss he discovered

there was no need for words.

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Member Monday: The Child Within by Melva Henderson

Member Monday: Soar Within the Story by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.  Be sure to come to the Authors Fair and pick up your signed copies of Linda’s books.  Welcome, Linda!

Soar Within the Story

By Linda Boyden ©2014

disappear

into a story

melt

onto the strands

of the teller’s voice.

dig

into the layers

search

for the gem

the spark

that grabs

your heart

that whirls

and whittles

down your troubles

lets you soar

within the story

within the colors

of the words.

 

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Member Monday: One Finger Shaking by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.  Be sure to come and hear Linda speak about the importance of diversity in children’s literature at our September Writers Forum meeting.  Welcome, Linda!

One Finger Shaking

By Linda Boyden ©2014

The tipping point reached

nothing left

no time

no possibility of

renouncing the demon

grabbing the reins and

galloping toward new habits.

 

the old ones have you

in a chokehold

the familiar temptations

to live forever young

the way you want

without rules

You’re Pinocchio

choosing the easy life

drifting on a high

seeing vistas denied to

us lowly drones.

 

The demons whispered

You’re immortal

above it all

so you took on

that devilmaycare swag

that nothing can snare me

scare me

stop me

to live in

a YOLO state of mind.

 

But a little becomes

a little more

and a little more

and a little more

to ease the pain

erase the misery

drown the regrets.

 

You fly

You soar

in the crimson fog.

You don’t NEED it

you want it

the crave

the taste

the zing,

the ping

the rush until

you melt into the mire

stagger to the mirror

and look into

the face of a jackass.

 

One finger, shaking,

traces its outline,

“This is real.

This is all there is.

This is me.”

 

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