Poem — Waiting

Waiting

(A Villanelle)

 

 

When he broke down he re-assembled as brandnew,

Waiting this time on the outside of her door;

Waiting to tell her of all he’d been through.

He stared across the park to a crowded avenue,

Choking compulsions to settle the score.

When he broke down he re-assembled as brandnew.

It was August when the smoke of a distant barbecue

Brought memories of childhood and strength to endure.

Waiting to tell her of all he’d been through.

How could words convey all that he knew:

Barred windows, night demons, an unpadded floor?

When he broke down he re-assembled as brandnew,

Loosening the laces. He removed only one shoe.

The blade wasn’t long – only meant to reassure.

Waiting to tell her of all he’d been through.

The scars in his chambers were throbbing – still sore.

A tune in his head – the same as before.

When he broke down he re-assembled as brandnew,

Waiting to tell her of all he’d been through.

Artist Conference Network – ACN

September is here, and with it comes a new 3-month goal period for the New York Brooklyn members of ACN (provide web site link). Our current members are Karen Friedland, Brenda Becker, Annette Whitehead , Mary Pat Kane and Sarah Lilly. We are writers, painters, musicians, sculptors, storytellers, photographers, book makers, sailors and healers.
I have a brand new coaching partner (Sarah) and some exciting goals that I expect will propel me to great productivity and transformation and participation in a deeply creative process.

My 12-month goals are to

Publish an online literary magazine
Publish the mom essay
Offer Reiki to rescued and shelter animals

My 3-month goals are to

Compose 3 new poems
Take a Reiki I workshop
Write the piece re my mother and her love affair
Publish a blog post on the average of every other week on “I Dwell in the Spaces Between Words and Images” = 13 posts (this is my first for the goal period)
Publish a blog post on the average of every other week on “All Creatures Large and Small” = 13 posts (#1 for the goal period)
Join PoetsPages.org (accomplished)
Join a blog ring and a bloggers’ blog (both accomplished).

In the language of ACN, I acknowledge myself for making my goals public. Stay tuned.

First Walk in Prospect Park

I moved to Brooklyn from Manhattan in 2004, and this is the first time I’ve spent walking in Prospect Park. It’s huge! And beautiful — as parks are. My friend Karen accompanied me, or I her.

Ducks

Bradley Rouen and Joelle Britt, together known as B-Natural, talented NYU music students and violin and guitar duo, performed "Salut d'Amor" by Edward Elgar. You can find them at http://new-niquestrings.com.




The Boathouse