Winter Silence by Stevie Strang.

      Winter Silence by Stevie Strang.

      – 1/10/18

      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      The new year has begun. Some playfully call it the year of the dog. Within that we find ourselves looking for silence, a quiet place to be, to survive well, and stir the elements of inspiration.

      Listen to the six poets, read straight through from one to the other as they tell the first stories of their year! Almost all the poems are cherita, six line stories that speak one, two, three. Beginning development, Finale. I have arranged them all as a sequence, with a pair of experimental tanka by matsukaze in the center, pouring wine and easygoing.

      ~ Kathabela

      Chinese Dog at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, by Kathabela Wilson.

      Chinese Dog at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, by Kathabela Wilson.

      Gil​l​ena Cox

      2018 year of the dog

      fireworks shower the sky
      in magnificent colors

      pity the poor frightened creature
      a dog
      scampering along the pavement

      Ο Ο Ο

      Billy Howell-Sinnard

      below zero weather

      first day of year
      no different from another

      huddle on electrical wires
      together we survive

      Ο Ο Ο

      matsukaze (Orrin Tyrell)

      New Years’ Day the one i flirt with
      washing black eyed peas – i uncork a bottle of wine


      2:45 pm New Years’ Day I’m at work
      coaching myself to be kind to be easygoing

      Ο Ο Ο

      Peter Jastermsky

      when stars flicker

      the story
      of beginning

      each ray
      a light
      I’ve yet to shine


      at the same time

      a light
      goes off

      you appear
      at my door
      with your smile

      Ο Ο Ο

      Grace Galton

      new year

      in the half-light of dawn
      I stand at my window

      and savour this moment
      listening to the blessed silence
      before even the crows stir

      Ο Ο Ο

      Billy Howell-Sinnard


      to the snowfall
      in moonlight

      our breaths
      like the beginning
      of all things

      Ο Ο Ο

      Pat Geyer

      as the

      last day
      sun sets

      earth dog
      calmly buries an old bone…
      a new day will dawn

      Ο Ο Ο

      Earth dog (the dog next door) by Pat Geyer.

      Earth dog (the dog next door) by Pat Geyer.

      Gil​l​ena Cox lives in St James, Trinidad and Tobago. Since the loyal man\dog friendship is pertinent to this year, we as humans are reminded of loyal relationships. Chinese lore regards it as auspicious if a dog happens to come to a house. It symbolizes the coming of fortune.

      Billy Howell-Sinnard says: “​I live in Fort Wayne, IN, mostly write and publish free verse, dabble in shorter verse. I actually celebrate the New Year on the first day of spring, the vernal equinox, but winter has a hard, cold beauty that inspires me.”

      matsukaze (Orrin Tyrell) is a classical music singer who lives in Texas. He is known for his experimental, lyrical and detailed down to earth expression in the manner of the Japanese masters. His poems are free form two line tanka.

      Peter Jastermsky writes Japanese short-form works. His writing has appeared in many journals, including Failed Haiku, Haibun Today, The Cherita, and KYSO Flash. Born in Connecticut, Peter and his family now live in Orange County, California, where he works as a licensed counselor.​​ He says: “I am grateful to live in California, which I see as a high energy, always in-process environment, where not much stays unchanged for long.

      Grace Galton says: “I live on the Somerset levels in the south-west of England in a very small village surrounded by farmland. Along the River Huntspill we have a wonderful view of Glastonbury Tor. I wish for a happy and peaceful new year.”

      Pat Geyer lives in East Brunswick, NJ, USA. Her home is surrounded by the parks and lakes where she finds her inspiration in nature. Published in several journals, she is an amateur photographer and poet.

      Ο Ο Ο

      > We welcome and encourage your response especially in the form of short poems. You may reply by leaving a comment below.

      We hope you appreciated this article. Before you move on, please consider supporting the Colorado Boulevard’s journalism.

      Billionaires, hedge fund owners and local imposters have a powerful hold on the information that reaches the public. Colorado Boulevard stands to serve the public interest – not profit motives.

      While fairness guides everything we do, we know there is a right and a wrong position in the fight against racism and climate crisis while supporting reproductive rights and social justice. We provide a fresh perspective on local politics – one so often missing from so-called ‘local’ journalism.

      You can access Colorado Boulevard’s paywall-free journalism because of our unique reader-supported model. People like you, informed readers, keep us independent, beholden to no outside influence, and accessible to everyone.

      Please consider supporting Colorado Boulevard today. Thank you. (Click to Support)


        • Kathabela Wilson

          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.”

          Colorado Boulevard is your place for enlightening events, informative news and social living for the greater Pasadena area.
          We strive to inform, educate, and work together to make a better world for all of us, locally and globally.

        • Latest posts by Kathabela Wilson

          See all articles


      1. Toti O'Brien says:

        Especially beautiful. Dense, full of meaning, also full of hope. The 6 voices arranged in a great polyphony. Bravo.

        • Kathleen Wilson says:

          Thank you dear Toto. With your poet artist musician’s heart, ear a d sensibilities it means so much that this resonates with you!!

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *