April 1, 2012 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION











The chanting of birds


Kathleen Freeman


Birds crowd the air in gangs.
They burden the trees.
Chanting down from high thrones.


Clouds wisp sky as if brushed
by lovers gentle fingers.
Soft-bellied cows lie down content.
Ruminating on their task.
The air is perfumed by new mown grass.
While evenings wings cast early shadows.


As still and as long as a held breathe.
The day lingers.


The day and I wait.


When will you return?






Kathleen Freeman


Storms batter the house like an angry man.
Winds yell rebellion through the doorway.
Lattice window flaps all night in her dreams.


Bats and birds chattering and crashing at the windows.
Sending shafts of fear to pierce the drapes of  dark.


Clinging to the raft of sleep she wanders a nomad.
Wretched rag of bones through memories battleground.
Searching in vain the ravaged landscape.


Wonders should she wake to face the day?
Limpet hope still clings to rocks casting the first
fleeting shadows of daybreak, turning tide.


While faceless monsters slouch forward. vacant in eye
Emptied of reason, to embrace her wearied shoulders.
Singing mythical tales into her ears, the sirens lament.
They struggle and wrestle like ancient lovers.


Breaking free, grasping the rope of night she sails.
Washed on the riptide of waking.
Onto the shores of just another day.

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  1. Prince Mensah April 06, at 03:51

    Nana, the two poems are exquisite and full of food for thought. Congrats.

  2. EileenJ April 02, at 14:49

    Beautiful work. Especially love these lines: "the go ahead and breathe it’s okay freedom found in this in-between time." That's one of my own favorite things about this time of day.

  3. Evelyn April 02, at 01:51

    ahhh still love to read me and all these other poets... thanks Val!

  4. Dennis White April 01, at 17:51

    Beth, These two poems are just a brief sampling of your extraordinary talent and mastery of words and imagery. You deserve recognition for your work and I'm glad it is happening. Wishing you continued success in your writing endeavors. Dennis

  5. ed hart April 01, at 15:21

    oops, i called this wonderful poet Emma...sorry for that...but the sentiment still carries

  6. ed hart April 01, at 15:19

    Congratulations Emma...your poetry continues to life on strong wings...your words lead a natural rhythm, with delicate fingers sculpting the deep magic, the pleasure of life


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