How Are You Doing?

Hey, how ya’ doin’?  How are you doing during the pandemic?  Are you ready for it to be over?  Ya, me too. I live about 2 hours drive north of Seattle, Washington, ground zero for the first coronavirus death in America.  Whatcom County is locked up.  On this day March 19th: restaurants offer take-out orContinue reading “How Are You Doing?”

Poem: Mermaid Rosary

  Mermaid Rosary by Shannon Laws   Our Lady of Wayward Currents finds her home off the highway A curious thing to find a candle flame so deep in the bay One o’clock sun sets it off fanned by the hulls of sailor’s vessels Some call it holy to carry a love for the oceanContinue reading “Poem: Mermaid Rosary”

Event: Redmond Poets in the Park

You’re invited… Saturday, 15 July 2017, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!   Anderson Park    |    7802 168th Ave NE    |    Redmond, Washington Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and many other guests!   Poets in the Park in 2017 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. ReadingsContinue reading “Event: Redmond Poets in the Park”

Event: WWU Erotic Poetry Night

You are invited to Erotic Poetry Night April 16th 7-9 p.m. @ The Underground Coffeehouse, WWU, Bellingham, WA What is Erotic Poetry Night?  The Associated Students Sexual Awareness Center on the campus of Western Washington University hosts this popular event.  Basically, it is a poetry reading laced with “safe sex” PSA’s.  I had the opportunityContinue reading “Event: WWU Erotic Poetry Night”

Poetry Book: Odd Little Things

This book was a lifesaver. Written over the years of late 2012-2014 the poetry that emerged from my finger tips started to take a new direction.  Nature and love topics will always be on my forethought, but objects like a pole, a cinnamon roll and a rain drop on a porch at night attacked myContinue reading “Poetry Book: Odd Little Things”

Poem: Voice on the Trail

    Voice on the Trail “and at last I saw : wherethe road lay through sunlight and many voices and the marvelorchards, not for me, not for me, not for me.”  -from the poem ‘Then I Saw What the Calling Was’ by Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)   All the voices of the Wood called “Shannon!”Continue reading “Poem: Voice on the Trail”

Poem: Ink Stained Hands

Read me the paper Uncle Loud enough to hear in the kitchen Touch it for me, turn those pages Aunties and I are cooking the dinner hands must be kept clean. But in your place by the fire the beige recliner squeaks on the back-beat of your rocking, toes slide in and out of slippersContinue reading “Poem: Ink Stained Hands”

Book: Two Poems Pub Here!

Through the Eyes of Islanders The Beauty of the San Juan Islands By The San Juan Islands Photographic Journal Second Edition It is an honor to have my poetry amongst the work of so many wonderful island photographers.  -S.P. Laws “This beautiful eBook is filled with images by San Juan Islanders. Curated by famed NationalContinue reading “Book: Two Poems Pub Here!”

This Side of Paradise

Times change, they always do, it is no surprise- but are you ready for it this time?  Since I was 15 I have always been able to find employment.  Between 1990 and 1993, however, thanks to a working husband, I was able to stay home and raised my kids.  In 1993, when I was looking to returnContinue reading “This Side of Paradise”