Poem: Her Hands

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Her Hands

The door squeaks Hello as I enter her sanctuary

The leather garden gloves still hold the hands.

I see them.

It is the first thing I see.

 

History molded into each finger strip

crooked right pointer finger

bump on the left where a ring sat

blacken ends that dipped in fresh soil

over and over

 

The pair rest near a dirt encrusted terracotta pot,

shears in their sleeve, handle still shiny.

Hedge trimmer hangs on a bent brown nail

frozen, half-open

 

But, the bulbs—

the bulbs below the counter

hidden in a beat up cardboard box

the to-be-planted promises

carry the weight of the room

 

She was ready for the early spring.

 

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an old garden shed, in an old garden

 

 

Event: Mother’s Day Celebration Big Rock Garden

 You’re invited~

Mother's Day Poster 2016

 

Poetry in a park? YES!  This year it was my job to gather poets for the 23rd annual Big Rock Mother’s Day event.  I’m so thankful to present this stellar list of exceptional poets from the Bellingham area and one fabulous poet-mother from Seattle, Ibtihal Mahmood.

Ibtihal is a Chairperson at IMIA – International Medical Interpreters Association, Member at Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society (NOTIS) andVolunteer at Translators Without Borders, a mother and a poet.  I first met her at a Peace Poet “Read-In” event.  She’s a real treasure.

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A horse sculpture and pagoda at Big Rock

My World Peace Poet sisters Carol McMillian, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott and Carla Shafer are in the line up.  Poets representing Village Book Poetry Group, Jennifer Dannenberg and Kathleen McKeever, will read.

Also, excited that Kevin Murphy and Elizabeth Vignali will be sharing.  Both released a new book of work this year.

Kevin’s poetry collection “The Bird of Pure Midnight”

“I like to think that “The Bird of Pure Midnight” offers many of the same benefits as an around-the-world journey, but at a small fraction of the cost.”**

Elizabeth (Elizabeth Broucard) book “To Marry Well” is a tribute to her great-grandmother.

“Like the heroine in my first book, To Marry Well, my great-great grandmother traveled by train to a small town in Washington Territory to marry a man who she’d never met in order to provide a secure future for herself and what remained of her family. Unfortunately, my heroine’s real-life counterpart did not have a happily-ever-after. To Marry Well was created from my desire to give my great-great-grandmother the happy ending she deserved.”***

Come join us for a fun day at the Big Rock!