Walking into a kitchen with freshly baked bread offers one of the most soothing and comforting smells. It subtly invites gentleness and goodness. The aroma calls, “you are welcome here.” Concretely, “bread” is a noun naming the food made of flour or meal mixed… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Bread”
There is work to be done, new ideas to be learned, and for that the problems of yesterday and the fears for tomorrow must be put out of the way. By unburdening, we do now allow burdens to continue. Unburdening sighs out the heavy.… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Unburdening”
Caesura is the main pause of a poem. The word originates from 16th Century Latin, literally translating to a cutting, from caedere to cut. The stop or pause in a metrical line, is often marked by punctuation or by a grammatical boundary, such as… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Caesura”
April is National Poetry Month, so declared in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. That organization claims the month of April has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. … Continue Reading “Word on Wednesday: Poet Laureate”
Shame: Who I am is not okay. Guilt: What I do is not okay. Growing up Catholic, I developed a misunderstanding of shame. The Catholic Church often gets blamed for this, and it is certainly not the only place one learns shame and… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Guilt”
Lake Michigan Feb. 2, 2017 Six More Weeks Hope peeks for cloudy skies; Fearful of sun’s reach To cast one’s own darkness. Ugly. Timid. Rodent. Watchful for the brightness, Frightened by his shadow, Turns inward for a stay.