Day: April 20, 2022

Penchant for Hugging

Tree-hugger, I am called, one who conserves paperWho strolls through the woods, reads “Overstory”Who also paints pictures of trees, makes tree collagesWrites poems about trees, even has them carved into artWhen they die of natural causes, so, yes, if that’s whatBeing a tree-hugger is, I confess to these acts Page-hugger, I call myself also, one … Continue reading Penchant for Hugging

Weak stuff, or: The greatest poets

A limerick The greatest poets can make do without prose, for they vast worlds in flowing poems compose. Whereas I’m of weak stuff; these threadbare lines ain’t enough to draw truths from my depths; and it shows… Let’s write poetry together! When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s … Continue reading Weak stuff, or: The greatest poets

Close To You …#poetry

When you are not around, I talk to you.Looking at you in the mirror of imagination, I smile at you. Communicating with you without words, I get lost in you, so sometimes words fall short. Dusk reminds me of youand the surreal image of yourscomes in front of meand I thinkI am very close to … Continue reading Close To You …#poetry

Time for Reflection and Courage

Time stands still; we wait. The noise of speculationstark contrast to the realitythat confronts us… Where do we go from here,and what authority to trustand in this imposed solitudecan we find the strengthof reflection, the courageto follow an inner lead? (This poem first appeared on One Woman’s Quest II, in April, 2020. Image my own.)Time … Continue reading Time for Reflection and Courage

Gloria Goes To Washington – Part 2

In Part 1, Gloria and Tim visited the Lincoln Memorial. President Lincoln believed in equality for all. Tim and his parents thought Gloria would like that lesson. Part 2 Hey Aqua Room, Gloria had a very busy day yesterday!  First she went and saw the White House.  That is where the President of the United … Continue reading Gloria Goes To Washington – Part 2


This wavepummels meonto the shorethe track behind closingthe track ahead indistinctsearchinga way outof blackness looking forthat lighta sparkto reignite my soul finding no solacewhere it was beforewithin darknesswithout an unfinished puzzle the sky beckonsthe stars fadedthe moonbrightthere should be light where has it goneshould I go forwardor stayherefor eternity wordsjust wordsI cry forall of usTonight

Beware Toxic Positivity – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Image: found at “The many sorrows of our recent history suggest that we humans have a learning disability.” Carl Sagan Beware Toxic Positivity I was thinking about extinction and finding the whole problematic is lost to us while ever we play with life as an idea, a thought, a concept, we dizzy in speculation … Continue reading Beware Toxic Positivity – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Keeping Track of Story Ideas

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. One of my first posts at Story Empire was titled “The Stories Around Us.” Ideas come to me in all kinds of places and all sorts of situations—on an Alaskan cruise ship, observations in restaurants, things I see while driving, listening to a song, or watching a movie. … Continue reading Keeping Track of Story Ideas

Your Evening Vesper

The Spirit of God released through our prayers and the prayers of others turns cowards into conquerors. Lord, I can find great encouragement in knowing that many believers, weak in their natural selves, have walked faithfully and victoriously with You (Heb. 11). Therefore, since I am surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, help … Continue reading Your Evening Vesper

Spotlight Poetry – Pink Fantasy – A Shared Poem by Suzette Benjamin and Goff James

© Goff James, Blushing Spring Bouquet, 2022 A poem inspired by Goff Jame’s photo Blushing Spring Bouquet. Pink Fantasy A poem by Suzette Benjamin and Goff James Pink fantasy bloomsScented hues sash spring’s gardenPastoral daydreamsHidden out of sightWaiting morning’s warming raysBlushing treasure trove Poem Attribution – Suzette Benjamin and Goff James – Pink Fantasy Copyright … Continue reading Spotlight Poetry – Pink Fantasy – A Shared Poem by Suzette Benjamin and Goff James

How much, or: Yourself

An American sentence: How much of yourself have you given up to belong? Was it worth it? What’s an ‘American Sentence’? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. … Continue reading How much, or: Yourself