all bow to her magnificence

"The Kiss" original watercolor by Gretchen Del Rio
“The Kiss” original watercolor by Gretchen Del Rio

this miraculous Earth
the true unconditional mother,
the omphalos of our universe ~
forever nursing the trees,
pregnant with bees and fish,
cupping the seas in her love,
tossing up mountains and
breaking down into valleys

she flirts with the moon
and tides rise and fall;
she dances with the sun
and flowers bloom

the wind caresses her and
she paints herself in browns
and greens, a complement
to a chaste and pastel ceiling
hugged at the wide horizon

the stars guard her at night
while the frogs sing a lullaby,
gently cooing, soft white doves
offer their praises at dawn ~
and all bow to her magnificence

This piece is in response to Victoria C. Slotto’s WRITER’S FOURTH WEDNESDAY prompt at The Bardo Group. The event opens this evening at 7:00 p.m. PST (I gave the wrong time on yesterday’s post. Apologies!) Mr. Linky is open for seventy-two hours and we invite you to share your work by submitting a direct link to your piece. Victoria and I will visit and comment and we hope that you will also visit other participants and comment too. The prompt will show HERE at 7 p.m. The prompt and coaching this month are on verbs.

A poem of appreciation for our beautiful earth, this piece also provides me an opportunity to encourage you to participate in another event with The Bardo Group when we celebrate Valentine’s Day with our BLOGGERS IN PLANET LOVE event. You are invited to link in your own work, poems, stories, photographs, artwork. More detail will be offered this Sunday evening in Bardo News, 7 p.m. PST.

© 2013, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
Illustration ~ by Gretchen Del Rio, All rights reserved, featured here with Gretchen’s permission.

Shadows of the Heart

Renee Robinson
Renee Robinson

Normally, I don’t write about a blogger’s book unless I’m sent the book for review. I never assume that a writer wants me to comment. I’m making an exception in this case and I hope Renee will forgive me.

For the past several years I have watched this young woman produce an extraordinary volume of work,  taking refuge in poetry as she struggles with metastatic colon cancer. She is one of several people I know – mostly personal but a few online (Renee is one of these)  – who have walked the hero’s path engaged in an art form, leaving a trail of flowers for us  to follow along the way. One dearest and hugely talented was my friend Ann Emerson, a brilliant star who died earlier this year but not before making it into American Poetry Review. Ann had never written a poem or published professionally until after her diagnosis with a rare bone cancer, which she bravely fought for six years. Other friends have found comfort in music, art, fiction, or essay writing.

“Life is ever-changing. It is what we make of it. Though I have no control of when my life will end, I can paint my words out on a canvas. I can show my love for my family with each stroke. Life is temporary. Memories, like words, live on.” Renee Robins, poet-writer-blogger …

shadows-of-the-heart-coverRenee has self-published several collections that are on Amazon. The one I selected to read is Shadows of the Heart  … the operative word here is not “shadow,” it’s “heart” . . . A collection of poems from a big heart evolved from a deeply prolific rhizome of courage. Here in this book are the young shoots and old adventitious roots of a budding talent, a very special lady. This collection, written by a non-professional, is nonetheless notable for its intense feeling arising out of her unshakable affection and appreciation for her husband and a deep passion for writing combined with the knowledge that her life is on the wane. In this last thing, she is only different from her readers in that she is no longer in denial and is using her time constructively, leaving her own unique message of love, courage, and beauty for family, friends, and blogger fans.

On her blog/website she says, ” I find myself “Dancing With Cancer”, problem is…I can’t dance. I stumble, bumble, and get pulled along. To keep my sanity, (humor me), I write short stories, a journal, musings and poetry….just about anything goes.”  Renee Robinson, Nae’s Nest

Photo credits (portrait and cover art), Renee Robinson, All rights reserved