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Post-weekend Poetry 030: Snowed In by Linda Eve Diamond

16 Jul

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirtieth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Linda Eve Diamond and I thought what better topic on what should be a hot balmy summer’s day (she says, it’s gloomy and raining) than snow. 🙂 This poem is taken from Linda’s collection The Human Experience (2007).

SNOWED IN

One cup of cocoa
lonely for another
to steam with
touching lips
with the clink
of a china kiss.

Chess men lie in wait
for white nights
to bring warm hands to play
by candles’ subtle firelight
in a white-skirted house
on a street of puffy clouds.

The queen would cry
if she could
little tears on wood.
She knows that it’s snowing
yet two candles sit unlit
yearning for lost flames
and the cocoa is cold
and alone.

I asked Linda what prompted this piece and she said…

I wrote this while snowed in alone in NJ. I finally picked up my chess set, candles and cocoa and moved us all to sunny Florida. I’m happy to report that the candles found their flames, the queen has never been happier, and the cocoa is warm and loved.  🙂

Thank you, Linda.

Linda Eve Diamond is the author of several books in the areas of business, education, self-help and poetry. Her work (and play) earned two awards from the International Listening Association and a Coffee House Press Poetry Award. Her poetry and essays have been published in journals, anthologies and online. Her websites are: http://LindaEveDiamond.com, http://ListenersUnite.com, http://www.thebeautyofpicturebooks.com.

Her collection ‘The Human Experience’ is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with thriller / crime author Jacqui Rose – the four hundred and thirty-third of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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