Featured Guests, Spring

Gail Cowdin’s Author Talk

Recapping Gail Cowdin’s Video from May 13, 2020
FaceBook Livestream on Village Lake Writers & Poets Facebook Page
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Find link below:

https://www.facebook.com/villagelakewritersandpoets/videos/229740701656640/

Covid-19, Fearless Writing, Journal Writing, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

Fearless Writing Helps April National Poetry Month Day 28

Fearless Writing Helps

Fearless writing
What’s that?
Crescent teaches this technique
It’s really not that oblique
Allowing words to be written
Even just for a simple quicken
Words I write
Onto four-hundred and ninety-three pages
Who counts?
I do

Thank you Crescent Dragonwagon for giving me a framework to write each day!
Joanie

#napowrimo

#Winter, Covid-19, Journal Writing, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

Pandemic Hair NaPoWriMo Day 27

Pandemic Hair

Pandemic hair, what the hell?
Forty-three days of staying home
Who can stand this anymore?
My grey hair has grown so long
It’s unthinkable
I look like someone in a depression era photograph
Held captive
I got to cut this
Garden shears or paper cutter
Take it off
Now!

Camp Days, Covid-19, Family, Friendship, Journal Writing, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

A Little KFC Goes A Mighty Long Way NaPoWriMo Day 26

A Little KFC Goes A Mighty Long Way

I’m off on a roaming road trip
Meeting a dear friend at an interstate exit
A parking-lot meetup during the covid days
Order’s up
Going through the KFC drive through
Grabbing our boxes of original chicken
One breast and two chicken wings
And sides of mashpotatoes and cole slaw
Don’t forget grandmas’ biscuits
Fried chicken smells fills the car
I can’t wait!
Each in our own cars
Underneath some shade trees in the middle of the parking lot
We set up shop
Red and blue camp chairs six feet apart
Greeting each other with loud cheers
But no embrace
We are under covid rules these days
We welcome the reprive
Opening our KFC boxes we exclaim
“My what a difference a little KFC makes!”
We devour our chicken and sides, biscuit and cookies
Down to the very last morsel
Leaving but a few crumbs on the pavement for the birds

#Faith, #Prayer, Covid-19, Family, Journal Writing, Joy, Loving Spirit, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

Surf’s Up NaPoWriMo Day 24

Surf’s Up

This is my prayer to you Hughie Dewey!
To live life by the sea
To see the sunrise over ocean waters
To hear the sea breeze as it comes onto shore
To mount your surf board and ride the best waves
Yes, to feel again!

Covid-19, Journal Writing, Joy, National Poetry Month, Ozarks, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

Mr. Judge Me Not #NaPoWriMo Day 23

Mr. Judge Me Not

Judge me not, Oh, sir
As I have waited for this day for so long
To sit myself by the water in full sunshine and delight
Oh, joy finds me always when
I can just simply sit!
— Come my day —

Covid-19, Journal Writing, Ozarks, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

Heavenly Light April National Poetry Month Day 22

Heavenly Light

Oh, what a beautiful day . . .
This
This day
Where spring’s beauty explodes
Red buds now fading into their green leaves
And are replaced by the full vivid white blooms of dogwood trees
The forest glows even in the hallows
I stand in heavenly light!

#Winter, Journal Writing, National Poetry Month, Ozarks, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

Night Skies April National Poetry Month Day 21

Night Skies

Standing in the night void
Empty Black Oak and Hickory trees lean in
Lyrids Meteor Showers arrive in April’s clear night skies
Lighting up the sky along with our next door neighbors
Neptune, Mars and Venus
And the Man in the Moon exits now
As he fades into the new moon
Dark, but all still here!

Covid-19, Journal Writing, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

It’s OK to just be . . . April National Poetry Month Day 20

It’s OK to just be . . .

Nature is still here
Just outside your window
Breathe in
Pray
Refocus
Know

Life is precious
Life rebounds
Life renews

Feel the gentle breeze
Hear the bird song
See the blue blue sky

Look for the day moon
Just be where you are
It’s Ok to just be today

Covid-19, Journal Writing, Ozarks, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

Spring Migrations April National Poetry Month Day 19

Spring Migrations

In the spring small birds do come home again to the Ozark highlands!

I spotted my first Ruby Red-Throated Hummingbird
Arriving every year this second week of April
And again he makes his deadline
Carried by the winds
Relying on his own internal radar
And seeing the earth’s magnetic waves to read the directions by
Mapping out the sky ahead of him
Knowing the only way forward
Is to go through miles and miles
Nights and days
To the hilltops and sweet nectar again

Covid-19, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

Easter Candles April National Poetry Month Day 18

Easter Candles

Scrub mountian pine trees
Put on
Spruce up
And stretch to the blue blue skies
Building their own castles
High in the sky
Easter candles
All in the new season
Flowers getting ready to open
Pines ready to begin their new growth
Nourishment abounds

 

@jrobertswi #shadowleaves #poetry #napowrimo #covid-19 #stayathome #maskwalking #spring

Covid-19, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Spring, Written for NaPoWriMo

A New Season April National Poetry Month Day 16

A NEW SEASON

God’s light shines through nature,
We walk the fields
We walk the paths
We walk the roads

See
Beauty surrounds us
If we take time to see
If we walk outside

Listen
Even in empty spaces
Green grass still grows
Beautiful flowers still bloom

Love
Reminding us that, yes,
This new season shall pass too
Hearts still grow!

#napowrimo #covid-19 #stayathome #maskwalking #shadowleaves