Poet’s Corner: Poem For The Old Year; Loving Presence; Oh, Bed of Winter

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Poem For The Old Year Let our hearts all turn Like the broad heads of sunflowers Bristling with seeds and openly gazing At a distant blaze together, Rotating back and forth As the year proceeds: Dumb with love Exploding into harvest…

Poet’s Corner — Lenox, Mourning

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group.   Lenox I emptied the heavy Lenox plates from your China cabinet Ten creamy place settings rimmed with pure gold. I thought of the Passover Seders, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals How much you created. My fat tears smeared the ink in…

Poet’s Corner — The Trouble With Leprechauns, 78 Revisited, Ice Cracks

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. The Trouble With Leprechauns I’m having a hard time with leprechauns Lately   As a little kid, their stories Lit me up with excitement Made me laugh and wonder And maybe feel a bit of fear They were so funny, unusual…

Poet’s Corner: Baldwins, Getting Religion, Therapy In Ice, First In Line

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Baldwins I was not grateful, I admit, for the lumpy sack of apples the neighbor lady dropped on the stoop in late October, until, peeled and cubed, charged with cinnamon, their ancestral balm enlightened a starless night. Susan Pittman ~ ~…

EPIC Poetry Group — Poet’s Corner: Read My Lips, Wandering, Contests

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Read My Lips If what you say is only mouthed without a sound does it become less important? If I don’t understand the soundless movement of your lips will we enter a moment of confusion and mistrust? When words are quiet…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Distances, Ah Liberty, Deciding Bones

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. DISTANCES Distance I Five antelope, a clearing– Onrushing express– Hard to escape the dashing. Distance II No Godot yet . . . Like waiting for justice . . . Still no Godot . . . Distance III My nose ends, yours…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Letting Go the Grail, Phobophobia

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Letting Go the Grail It’s the soft giving up of everything the chipped cup from your grandmother’s wedding the framed kindergarten painting by your younger son a drawer full of cords and wire too full to close A life’s work of…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Secrets, What I Saw, Translations

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. SECRETS Contemplating a poem about secrets and how they hold us breathless, sometimes sad but mostly accountable by their strength. I host an old secret lurking deep inside so painful I can hardly breath. Personal, my version of disgrace and I…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Jack’s Pass Ritual, Piccadilly Circus

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Jack’s Pass Ritual Fallen tree trunks casually balanced on young men’s shoulders. Bare-chested foragers, continuous ant parade. August perspiration work preparation for the coming darkness. The girls huddle teardrop diamond ring beauty weddings discussed. Fresh & clean in the woods unaware…

EPIC Poetry Group Poet’s Corner: Safe from discovery, Ends, Ache, Mummy

Here’s the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group Safe from discovery I want to search and I want to find in one fell swoop, the discovery of the real root. I want answers and I want to know how this hidden menace came to grow. I think of secrets…

EPIC Poetry Group Poet’s Corner: Security, Worship, Medicine, Going Home

Here’s the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Security  My grandfather let me play with his hair, long oiled threads of white from temple to nape I could style into a cute bob that touched his jaw. Then he’d dance for me, all elbows and knees, before slicking it…

EPIC Poetry Group Poet’s Corner: Winter Limbs, Call for Justice, Change Just Is

(Updated Feb. 28 with additional poem that was unintentionally omitted.) Here’s the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Winter Limbs Bordering road and farm statuesque, boughs stretched upward big leaf maple proudly displays her bare bones Draw near and see her branches are not barren but gracefully draped with…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Tree Paranoia, New Moon

Here’s the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group.   TREE PARANOIA He cut down those looming trees bound to doom him with their danger. Larger than his mansion, he imagines they could flatten him in any wind. When wind advisories raged he booked a room in a hotel. When rain…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Remembering My Grandfather, Not Knowing, Warmth

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Remembering My Grandfather (The Gift) As time passes, the silent snowfall, nestles deep, branching from trees to roof top eves, gathering in spaces, time tied to memories, memories to time, the bristles of my artist brush, stiff, wiry, like my Grandpa’s…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Here’s What I Saw

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Dear Reader, This poem revealed itself early on to be the lyrics of a song yet to be written. It was inspired by a moving documentary about the young Freedom Riders in Alabama in the 1960’s, viewed against the backdrop of…