Post-weekend Poetry 112: World Song by Sandy Hartman

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and twelfth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Sandy Hartman.

World Song

image 1Why would you ask me to write a world song
When my world sings of itself already?

Its songs rise in volcanic furioso and whispers of zephyrs’ pianissimo
They resound in the basso profundo of mountains that rise from the Earth and shift the lands
They rumble through mighty currents that move the ocean’s hidden depths

Songs in the treble chitters of restless atoms and golden lion tamarinds
In the world web’s digital ticks shaping time and space
Songs in sotto voce of the ceaseless winds at play
Arpeggios of cascade sprays tumbling over mighty waterfalls
Trills of sunbeams raining upon the valley lands and prairie seas below
Staccatos of stinging sands that zing across the scorch of forbidden deserts

Listen to the frenzied scherzos of bustling crowds and 5:00 traffic
Hear the cities hum, hear the children play
Mark the sounds of wildebeest and buffalo in endless migrations across the homelands
Back and forth and back and forth and back again
Mark the courtly songs of swans and cranes
And their echoing calls across the trackless skyways
North to south and north to south and back again
Year by year by year 

My world dances in butterfly sambas, sunflower salsas and the rhythm and beat of nations
In the fleeting waltz of hummingbirds and bees and the restless fits of silvered fish
In the serenades of nightingales’ evensongs, pious choirs, and the haunting howls of wolves

On it sings in sonata, dirge, and celebration
Of life, death and resurrection
Each creature a welcomed note in a glorious symphony on this small blue green planet
That we call home

What would you have me write
When it is already written?

For those who would listen
For those who would see
For those who will sing

© 12/9/13 Sandy Hartman

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I asked Sandy what prompted this piece and she said…

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Post-weekend Poetry 051: Wisteria by Sandy Hartman

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the fifty-first poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Sandy Hartman.

Wisteria

A hundred year wisteria twined and grew around an ancient oak of mighty size
lost in the forgotten scruff and shrub of a garden gone wild
Free at last to grow its own way in the green smothered acre
A great vine grown so large
I could not begin to encircle it with my arms

I would stand there on bright spring days following its trail
Up through the tree canopy until it disappeared into sunlight and leaf shadow
scattering my thoughts to the breezes.
Just what, I wondered, would some wandering bird see as it looked down
upon the immense profusion of flowers
That surely draped in lavish beauty all through the upper branches

And how was it possible that this great oak could hold the weight
of such a massive wonder
as though it were but feathers in the wind

© Sandy Hartman 03/06

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Thank you Sandy.

SandySandy is a retired public school teacher at the high school and junior high levels, a member of Pen Women of America, Moxy Laureate for www.Moxywomen.com and the creator of the site www.eonwriter.com. Her poetry is published in several journals and three poems placed first in various contests. She does not self-publish, her hubris in creating www.eonwriter.com, she says, is quite enough. She’s had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Asia and lived for a time in Saigon, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos during the war. She is most of all, a visionary poet, as you can well see by her site.

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Post-weekend Poetry 036: Pride of Ownership by Sandy Hartman

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirty-sixth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Sandy Hartman.

Pride of Ownership

Scorching skies on a green soaked afternoon
After days of rain
Pleasant lawns square the road sides
Lined with proper bungalows and deep shade porches
Knots of grass and stubborn weeds
Topped by jaunty blossoms here and there
Flourish in the hang dog blue humidity
While the heavenly mandate to go forth and multiply
Surges through weed and flower alike
And there’s a whole new crop of little lizards
Lookin’ for love

From the comfort of their easy chairs
Old folks and their neighbors
Peer over their porch rails at the bounty
Grudging the wonder of such profusion
Nagged by the reminder
That the lawn mower and the garden shears
Wait in the garage

© Sandy Hartman 08/18/09

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Thank you Sandy, that was delightful. 🙂

Sandy is a retired public school teacher at the high school and junior high levels, a member of Pen Women of America, Moxy Laureate for www.Moxywomen.com and the creator of the site www.eonwriter.com. Her poetry is published in several journals and three poems placed first in various contests.

She does not self-publish, her hubris in creating www.eonwriter.com, she says, is quite enough. She’s had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Asia and lived for a time in Saigon, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos during the war. She is most of all, a visionary poet, as you can see by her site.

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Post-weekend Poetry 026: ‘Earth Bound’ by Sandy Hartman

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-sixth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Sandy Hartman.

Earth Bound

A downpour empties the rain-choked bowl of a thundering sky
Earth pauses after the soaking
And basks in a gray green glow
Back lit by brushed metallic radiance
That moment just before a new sun breaks through

The last few fat rain drops
Splat on the tin roof of the chicken coop
Bothering brood hens fluffed wide
Over clutches of satin brown eggs
Each hen, eyes half closed in contentment
Chucking quietly to herself

The moist smell of new straw warmed under feathers rises
Then touches the fragrance of strawberries and lavender
From the garden

My small refuge in this frenzied world gone mad over itself
As it speeds down a highway that cuts through corn fields
Near the hedge rows and apple tree grove

Thank you Sandy, that was delightful. 🙂

Sandy is a retired public school teacher at the high school and junior high levels, a member of Pen Women of America, Moxy Laureate for www.Moxywomen.com and the creator of the site www.eonwriter.com.

Her poetry is published in several journals and three poems placed first in various contests.

She does not self-publish, her hubris in creating www.eonwriter.com, she says, is quite enough.

She’s had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Asia and lived for a time in Saigon, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos during the war. She is most of all, a visionary poet, as you can well see by her site.

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 middle grade author Susan Brocker – the four hundred and fifth 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.

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays.

Post-weekend Poetry 016: ‘True Love’ by Sandy Hartman

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the sixteenth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Sandy Hartman.

True Love

Alphabet teeth grin from the text box
Caging voices that pledge love’s promise forever
Keeping me chained to my cell phone
Punching my life out in keypad squares

Best friend to a neon chameleon
Held here in my hand like a comfortable stone
Offering kisses in pics and flicks
Flashing in colors my lifeline to love
Giving to me
Its battery heart and faithful digital soul

I asked Sandy what prompted this piece and she said…

I wrote this over 4 years ago before cell phones became the magic handheld wonders they are now. I love them indeed. They have changed our world beyond recognition with nearly apocalyptic speed and force. But even now as I updated some of the words in the poem to reflect the latest technological twist, I have the same concerns as before. Every new techy toy drastically changes the warmth and intimacy of our personal relationships with others, both for good and ill.  It takes time to develop and be comfortable with the very new less intimate – although instant – culture needed to bring out the best in our lives. I rather suspect that in many ways, we are lonelier than ever.

It was a charming poem, thank you Sandy.

Sandy is a retired public school teacher at the high school and junior high levels, a member of Pen Women of America, Moxy Laureate for www.Moxywomen.com and the creator of the site www.eonwriter.com. Her poetry is published in several journals and three poems placed first in various contests. She does not self-publish, her hubris in creating www.eonwriter.com, she says, is quite enough. She’s had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Asia and lived for a time in Saigon, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos during the war. She is most of all, a visionary poet, as you can well see by her site.

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 corporate thriller writer Greg Feistman – the three hundred and thirty-fifth 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. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. My eBooks are now on Amazon, with more to follow, and I also have a quirky second-person viewpoint story in charity anthology Telling Tales.

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