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I retired from a nursing career to live a simple life in the country and write. I self
published my first book of poetry, The River of Liquid Dreams. Small presses published two more, In The Presence of Shadows, and Faith Like A Dandelion. I had the honor of having one of my poems recited in a documentary produced by the Canadian Institute on Child Health, The Healing Journey. I give poetry readings and judge performance poetry competitions.

                                   Monterey Sirak        



 




POSTAGE STILL DUE


Blog Posted:6/1/2013 6:45:00 AM
A writer is a dandelion, constantly growing, evolving, blowing words -pieces of themselves- into the wind like dandelion fluff, then starting over.

I only recently joined Poetry Soup and discovered a multitude of talented poets and contests that inspire me to grow and blow my fluff in new directions.

I started a new series of poetry written in prose form. These are short conversations, moments in time, that will fit on a postcard. Originally I was thinking 'Postcard Poetry', but I now wonder if it is actually 'Postscript Poetry', the words left unsaid at the end of a conversation, when a letter is mailed, when a relationship is severed. The title for the series 'Postage Still Due' was suggested by a poet friend of mine at my local free verse group.

I would appreciate and be so grateful for any and all critiques and comments as I post new entries to this series.

September 1968

To: Dappy (AKA Grandpa)

       Kenmar Road

       Reidland, Kentucky

I hitch the little cart to the pony you gave me.

Ride it up and down the pasture for hours until he tires.

Then I sit on the steps to wait for your battered black pickup truck

to come rumbling up the drive. Mom and Dad watch me with sad eyes.

They said heaven is too far away for you to visit. I don’t know about that.

Sometimes, just sometimes, I still feel your hug.



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  1. Date: 6/3/2013 12:21:00 AM
    This is charming, loved it .....Seren

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 6/5/2013 12:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh, thank you
  1. Date: 6/2/2013 7:27:00 PM
    If you're afraid of spiders then can you read my "Arachnophobia"? You can tell me more.

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  1. Date: 6/1/2013 2:52:00 PM
    I love this type of honest poem, which is why I love Carrie's writes here. Very special Monterey!

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 6/2/2013 6:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. I actually find it easier to write about the things that matter to me.
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 12:59:00 PM
    So poignant. I love this child's faithful Spirit. So much relayed in just a few lines. I will look forward to reading more of these. SuZ

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 6/2/2013 6:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am glad you enjoyed this. Encouraging writers like you will keep me moving on this new path.
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 7:25:00 AM
    I enjoyed your write. I write funny Frou Frou poetry to make you laugh or smile. Try my 'Little Miss Poet and Spider'. I figure we all need some thing to smile about... some times...

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 6/1/2013 8:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I read your poem. Loved it. Made me laugh. I am scared of spiders and have acted that way. I once jumped from a couch to a counter across an open space, while pregnant, to get away from a spider. When I need to smile I'll be going to your poems. Thanks!

My Past Blog Posts

 
THE BEAUTY OF AUTUMN
Date Posted: 9/26/2014 7:22:00 AM
LETTERS TO POETS CONTEST JUDGED
Date Posted: 6/20/2014 8:34:00 AM
Romantic Gestures
Date Posted: 2/13/2014 9:24:00 AM
The Sound of Color Judged
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 8:58:00 AM
TO THE AMAZING PEOPLE AT POETRY SOUP
Date Posted: 7/27/2013 5:25:00 AM
POSTAGE STILL DUE
Date Posted: 6/1/2013 6:45:00 AM
IN SEARCH OF THE LOST SOCK
Date Posted: 5/18/2013 6:14:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/25/2014 WHAT WAS IS Rhymefun,
11/24/2014 UNDONE Free verselife,nature,
11/10/2014 GOODBYE Free verseloss,
10/12/2014 NINETY SOMETHING Free verseage,life,
10/4/2014 OZARKS Acrosticnature,
9/1/2014 FRUGIFEROUS Free verseromance,
8/24/2014 A TASTE OF----- Free versefun,
8/4/2014 FINALITY Free verseloss,relationship,
7/28/2014 DAISY PETALS Free verselove,
7/28/2014 Life Interrupted Free verselife,
7/16/2014 THE LETTER Free verseabsence,loneliness,
7/10/2014 WORDLESS MEMORIES Free versedevotion,loss,love,
6/6/2014 AUTUMN'S APPROACH Pantoumloss,
5/18/2014 A LETTER TO SYLVIA PLATH Free verseinspiration,poets,
5/10/2014 DELIVERANCE REVISITED Free versewords,
5/5/2014 MAKING BEDS IN A BURNING HOUSE Free versebrother,growth,life,
4/26/2014 KALEIDOSCOPE Free verselife,loss,lost,
4/26/2014 FREE VERSE CIRCUS Free versepoetry,poets,
4/13/2014 COW TANKA Tankaanimal,friendship,
4/13/2014 SPRING MORNING IN THE OZARKS Free versenature,spring,
4/11/2014 WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE Free versechildhood,children,life,
4/9/2014 HANGING TOUGH Free versechildren,courage,life,
4/1/2014 MY ODE TO THE NETHERLANDS Dodoitsuimage,places,
3/17/2014 ALMOST Free versebaby,birth,loss,love,
3/16/2014 OLD RATTY ROBE Free verseloss,love,mother,
3/16/2014 A MATTER OF TASTE Free verseabuse,
3/11/2014 NEGATION Imagismdevotion,life,
3/2/2014 SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT Free versebetrayal,loneliness,
3/2/2014 THE WINDOWPANE Imagismlove,
2/21/2014 TEARS Free verselife,
2/13/2014 PROMISES Free verselove,
2/13/2014 A LOVE THAT WILL CROSS OVER Coupletlove,
2/10/2014 WHERE DO THEY GO WHEN THEY LEAVE Free verseabsence,remember,
2/6/2014 TEA PARTY Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)dedication,inspiration,
2/6/2014 THE LOST SOCK Free versepoetry,
1/31/2014 FADE AWAY Free verse 
1/27/2014 NELL Free versegrandmother,life,love,
12/23/2013 THE BLOSSOMING OF THORNS Free versebeauty,pain,
12/23/2013 MOST DESERVING Free verseconflict,confusion,hope,l
12/21/2013 OLD MAN WINTER Personificationwinter,
12/17/2013 NATURE'S CHILD Free verselife,
12/1/2013 IF I WERE TINKERBELL Free versefantasy,
11/30/2013 A KING ARTHUR HOME Free verseculture,
11/26/2013 THANKSGIVING EVE Tankaloss,
11/23/2013 POETIC COMPARISONS Free verselife,poetry,society,
11/19/2013 One Thousand White Butterflies Free versebeauty,butterfly,celebrat
11/15/2013 BROKEN FLOWERS Ethereebeauty,child,love,
11/9/2013 DUST BOWL SF Free versechange,life,nature,
11/4/2013 SKY Free verselife,native american,
11/2/2013 ETERNAL BREATH Free verseloss,love,
10/25/2013 GULF SHORE MOON Narrativedesire,love,moon,water,
10/25/2013 EVENING SONG Imagismanimal,eve,nature,
10/23/2013 MISTY MORNING Imagismmorning,nature,
10/19/2013 SHIELD MY JOY Free versegod,joy,
10/16/2013 BEATLE MANIA Free versecelebrity,
10/15/2013 NEW ORLEANS Where Living Is So Good Free versecommunity,culture,life,
10/14/2013 PIXILATED Free versejourney,self,
10/12/2013 HOPE Imagismhope,image,
10/11/2013 TOP OF THE STAIRS Free verseimagination,senses,
10/10/2013 EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY Free versebeauty,happiness,life,
9/22/2013 THOUGHTS FROM A TREE Free versefeelings,nature,spoken wo
9/22/2013 MELTING RAINBOWS Free verseconflict,culture,society,
9/21/2013 EARTH ASTRONAUTS AND PARISIAN CAFES Free verseimage,society,world,
8/27/2013 WHOSE GARDEN Free versechange,poetry,
8/22/2013 LEFT SIDE OF NOWHERE Free versesocial,society,
8/17/2013 AT MIDNIGHT Free versepoems,
8/17/2013 ADDICTION Free versefeelings,identity,
7/28/2013 POETRY READING Free verseinspiration,introspection
7/27/2013 POACHING FROST Free versepoetry,words,
6/25/2013 A SECRET NEVER TOLD Free versedeath,grief,sister,
6/20/2013 PATTY-CAKE ANGELS Free verseangel,celebration,happine
6/15/2013 DADDY WANTED TO FLY Free versedad,
6/15/2013 TRANSITION Versechange,relationship,
6/9/2013 WHEN A DREAMER SIGHS Free verselife,poetry,society,
6/5/2013 THE WAY OF LIFE Free versechange,
6/2/2013 I WANT WHAT I CAN'T HAVE Free verselife,society,
6/1/2013 MANUSCRIPT Imagismnature,
5/26/2013 Tomorrow I Will Write Free verseinspiration,poetry,writin
5/19/2013 Melancholy Memory Versedeath,grief,loss,
5/19/2013 HOME Free versehome,
5/11/2013 Twilight Hands Free verseage,life,mom,tribute,
5/5/2013 Epitaph Free verseabsence,death,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Peace Sign Free versememory,peace,
Mom Free verseloss,love,mom,
On the outside, looking in Free versefriendship,life,people,sa
My day as a woman Rhymeencouraging,feelings,jour
FINESSE Sonnetcharacter,
Flickering Shadows Free verseadventure,
Language Barrier Prose Poetryemotions,immigration,insp
ALL ABOUT CURIOSITY Light Poetryidentity,
Teach them young I do not know?africa,children,culture,e
ALONG YOUTH'S LANE Rhymechildhood,places,
Temple of Life Sijogod,nature,
FROZEN HEARTBEAT Free verselonging,sad,
How to Die Free verseage,death,dream,
Dear Robert Frost Free versepoetry,poets,
BLESSINGS Coupletappreciation,
Beg to Have Blitzbetrayal,
Questions to Ponder Verseappreciation,beauty,thank
I Am The Mighty Mountain Personificationearth,mountains,
My Poetry Garden Narrativegarden,
Hey Hank, Did You Just - Senryufunny,writing,
I need to feel Free verseangst,emotions,
What Am I Quatrainnature,
The Gift Dramatic monologueangel,beauty,
A Rare Place Blank versenature,
The Gift Verseencouraging,prayer,spirit
How Poetry Began Quatrainnature,poetry,
Hidden mountaineer Rhymehappiness,journey,
Holy Is The Lamb Free versedevotion,god,
I Recall The Wind Free versemom,moving on,
Soft September Verseautumn,
God's Kind Of Poetry Terza Rimabeauty,devotion,poetry,
FALL IN LOVE Acrosticautumn,love,nature,
The art of understanding Free verseprayer,
YESTERDAY'S JOYS Rhymechildhood,image,magic,
- Angels and Snow - Versemoon,snow,winter,
I am or maybe I am not Free versehow i feel,introspection,

Fav Poets

PoetCountry 
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
Anne Lise Andresen Norway Flag Norway Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Donna Jones United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Elly Wouterse Netherlands Flag Netherlands Read
Bindu Vijayan India Flag India Read
Ronald Zammit Australia Flag Australia Read
Brooke Dylan United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Arlene Smith United States Flag United States Read
Tim Ryerson United States Flag United States Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Keith Robson United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Sara Kendrick United States Flag United States Read
Matthew Anish United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Martin Lochner South Africa Flag South Africa Read