– 2/15/17

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      Our poets today have much in common as we all do right now, confronting our troubled times. We look for cures, for what we can do to make our world better. Here are admirable and inspiring approaches. These poets reach out especially on the web to as many who will feel the depth and power of the poetic and artistic approach.

      ~ Kathabela

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      Roses (Photo - Kathabela Wilson).

      Roses (Photo – Kathabela Wilson).

      Gary Blankenship

      day by day
      evil enters our world unbidden
      my small cure
      roses borrowed stolen
      for your pleasure happiness

      Poet and editor​​ Gary Blankenship lives in Bremerton, Washington. Each day he posts on Facebook an inspiring rose photo gathered from friends and the web, with his good morning peaceful wishes. A published author of several books, he is especially inspired by Walt Whitman and Chinese Tang poet Wang Wei, and he has written and published new series of poems inspired by each, as a way of finding a cure for the world’s ills and inspiring others.

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      Sunrise (Photo - Michael Czarnecki).

      Sunrise (Photo – Michael Czarnecki).

      Michael Czarnecki

      each morning
      whether cloudy or clear
      whether I see it or not
      sun rises, as it always has

      some touchstones eternal
      though we so often forget


      last summer
      drought conditions

      here on Wheeler Hill
      plants grew stunted
      tree leaves shriveled

      September, rains came
      garden revived
      autumn colors spectacular

      what is, isn’t always
      what will be


      I read poems of old Chinese poets
      Su Tung-Po, Li Bai, T’ao Ch’ien, Du Fu
      think of their troubled times
      rebellions, banishments
      political intrigue

      their poems have endured
      beyond a thousand years
      that awareness
      brings comfort here
      in our troubled times

      Michael Czarnecki says: “In these troubled times I find my poetry and photography are groundings that keep me connected with the eternal truths. My old political activism has been rekindled, but this time also knowing that writing, reading, and publishing poetry can also be a political act, even if not overtly so.” Michael posts a singular inspiring photo and a poem from his travels and adventures each day on Facebook as his own diary and inspiration for all. He’s an editor and publisher of Foothill Publishing, and lives on a 50 acre homestead on Wheeler Hill, New York, and supports himself by giving readings and workshops as he travels invited by libraries, bookshops and galleries all over the US.

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          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      1. A Poetic Argument for Grief 

        Take your grief seriously 
        Become the ash urn
        For the vanishing wilderness
        Despair for the Dolphins 
        Offer up salty tears
        for the disappearing marshes.
        Have you cried enough lately?
        The silent Earth is listening.
        Be called to outrageous acts of despair

        And then,
        every now and again,
        In the face of splendor,
        Turn towards it.

        kristy hellum

      2. susandiri says:

        thanks, dear Poets!!

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