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Youtube audio link to hear me recite from my PS anthology


I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.My early interest was in short forms,.I created and promoted quite a few here on PS (perhaps my best known is the Footle).With encouragement from a member here I moved onto to longer forms,publishing my poetry in print,blog ,and twitter .I came to conclude that all poetry is structured prose and remains a work in progress until recited aloud, (the apex of our art form) when a unique experience 'an as is moment' occurs between voice and ear, much the same as the experience that happens when viewing a work of art

Check out my short forms @strandpoet on twitter some of my artwork to  accompany my youtube clips( entered as ichthyschiro) of my poetry recited aloud 


Any form or none,any theme,max of UPTO 20 lines(Entry limit of 35poems).Alternate between Premiere and Standard formats.No name or identifying marks on entries.Successful poems from other PS contests are always welcome in my contests.

I follow closely PS sponsor guidelines in judging entries firstly on initial read to determine if entry  advances to second round.Entry is then read again to determine final placings of the poems that have appealed(communed) to me.

I do not 'judge' whether a poem conforms to its labelled form.The 'poetics' of the poem is the only thing which counts,whether one line or twenty.

Each read 'read' is  thus a unique  'as is ' happening between me and the poet and this 'communion' is the basis of my 'judgement' ,and why I accept re-entries from mine and others earlier PS contests.

The  poetry entered in my contest is the only place I read poems on PS and thus have no knowledge of the author of any  entry to my contest at the time of the read.

Only when I check the 'Contest Winners/Status link do I find out who authored the 'winning ' poets.




I LIKE POETRY SOUP comment if you do

Blog Posted:2/16/2017 4:35:00 AM

This year is my tenth anniversary here on SOUP , as I'm still here you can tell I will always give it a 'like '.But what is it that has kept me such a long lasting fan.Well first and foremost I have made many constant poetry ' net friends'. Friendships that have survived the ups and downs that have happened here from time to time. It has been a great workshop ( like a night school class for those who remember those pre digital days) Okay we don't show up from time to time but like a good coffe shop many folk drop by to say hi.(Its that kind of place)

In my decade of membership I've found  PS management care and listen, they are open to new ideas and have moved with the changing times.The advertising is discreet and not in the face of the user and suits PS brand image in the poetry digital world.

I use the site as a receptacle  to store my anthology, a kind of poetry autobiography of my development as a poet.

The only downside since I joined is in my early days PS ran  regular prize base contest (as I won one it was a great encouragement to me) but I guess it was a part of the development and promotion  of the site and probably was quite time consuming and having sponsored 265 contests I know  it can be difficult to retain one's freshness and enthusiasm for poetry without a break )Also I miss the personal stats that were part of member area,but that just me and the numbers here probably make it impractical from a storage aspect

If you agree with my thoughts give this blog a 'like'  with a comment or two






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Date: 2/23/2017 12:20:00 AM
Hi Brian, Congrats on your 10th anniversary! Thanks also for opening this subject. As a relative newcomer, it is very interesting to read others' opinions. This community has inspired me. I never dreamed that writing would become such an important part of who I am when I retired. Having a place where I can share and see what others are writing is invaluable. Thanks to each and every one of you for your contributions!
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/23/2017 3:07:00 AM
Thanks Kathleen
Date: 2/22/2017 4:38:00 PM
Firstly Congrats..on yr soup anniversary...I do like your poetry..and love poetrysoup too..It is the first site of poetry I joined...Since then I surfed other sites everynow and then,but here remains my favourite site.Its the great work that Tps do,and the kind of people that are here.There is something spiritual about it..Like a deep connection. I love the sense of community, the sense of family,with the crazy uncle ,the angry nonna,and the sweet niece too..I love the way soup is..with its good,and its little controversial issues that occur from time to time.I do miss who stopped being here..Maybe one day,they will return...Hugs.
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/23/2017 3:05:00 AM
Thanks for your kind words Charmaine
Date: 2/20/2017 2:35:00 AM
I love Poetry Soup, I always thank God for having discovered this writing site:) congratulations on your long run here, Brian:) you've been an immense source of encouragement to me:)
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Date: 2/20/2017 2:58:00 AM
Thanks Jo ,sharing and encouraging each other is what has made this the best poetry site on th net.
Date: 2/19/2017 5:14:00 AM
I'm a newcomer. But I like Poetry Soup already.
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Date: 2/18/2017 6:56:00 PM
On my first day here, I got 3 free drinks. Totally hooked.
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arthur vaso
Date: 2/18/2017 9:32:00 PM
If there was a reward for best comment of the month! Well you just won!!! :)
Date: 2/18/2017 3:06:00 AM
happy 10th, brian... i wouldn't have somehow expanded my wings without your inspiration...we are all a work in progress and walking with you is an honor... may you flourish more.. huggs
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/18/2017 3:31:00 AM
A work in progress indeed Nette.Thanks for your kind words.
Date: 2/17/2017 10:20:00 PM
Thought I'd stop by Brian! your steadfast support has been a constant here on the soup...thank you! There is a great diversity of membership here...many have been published & found success...yourself included...for personal fullfillment in my case....many here like myself love the acceptance & community we nourish....am always delighted to discover work by veterans & newcomers that blow my mind! Cheers to soup! jimbo
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/18/2017 3:29:00 AM
Thanks Jim , your analysis is what I have experienced ,very different concept to the run-of-the mill social media site
Date: 2/17/2017 9:51:00 PM
Happy 10th Anniversary, Brian. Of course, I love Poetry Soup! Life has taken me away at times, but I always come back.
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/18/2017 3:25:00 AM
Thanks Rhonda
Date: 2/17/2017 5:24:00 PM
Poetry Soup to me is like school. Sometimes I'm engaged and inspired, sometimes I'm bored out of my gourd, and sometimes I just wanna pull someone's pigtails and shake a few branches from the ego tree!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/17/2017 6:22:00 PM
I like to think so! But Tommy, I just pull 'em, I don't cut 'em off and roll naked in 'em when I get home - that would be wrong....right!
Date: 2/17/2017 4:39:00 PM
Give me reason to. 8 hrs. ago I reported to the site ADMIN a post that I deemed offensive-I LOVE MUSLIMS, where the writer alludes to the facts of hating UK, Christianity and a love for terrorism stating his poem is satire.I wrote vehemently that this is wrong. No response. It just like saying I LOVE JAPANESE but in my poem attack/hate BLACK. That would be pure racism even if I joke and say this is satire. I just wanted to let people know that in not all cases I would look at this site with rose colored glasses.
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 2/17/2017 9:47:00 PM
PS administration is good at handling these problems in my experience, Connie, but I've found it usually takes more than a few hours. Give them time to respond.
Date: 2/17/2017 12:29:00 PM
I love Poetry Soup! You could say it changed my life. I was only playing at poetry when I accidently found this site. That was in 2011 and since then I have learned so much and made some wonderful friends. I am proud to be a part of this creative group!
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Date: 2/16/2017 8:19:00 PM
Happy Anniversary, Brian, my friend! Like you, I have been here a long time Not quite as long as you, but so many years, that it has become such an important part of my day. And in the beginning, no one could have been more surprised than me, to know what I was about find. Friendships that circled the globe, a love of poetry that I had never known, ...PS has opened a window to a world for which I've been always grateful. Although I've decided to ease off a little, taking a break has not been easy! I am drawn to PS like a bee to honey !! Thank you for being one of the first to encourage me in 2008 !! <3
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/17/2017 3:23:00 AM
Thank you Carrie ,one of my long time poet internet friends who have made PS what it has become.I know that feeling of the daily attraction of PS .
Date: 2/16/2017 8:14:00 PM
I miss the stats too, Brian. It was a nice little extra thing. It did not have a purpose for others but I felt it was nice for my own knowledge. Of course I love Soup!! So i had to come here and comment. Congrats on being here so long.
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Date: 2/17/2017 3:16:00 AM
Thanks Andrea, one of those constant internet poet friends I mention above
Date: 2/16/2017 1:27:00 PM
I find that poetrysoup is like a kind of friendly gathering place, like Heathrow airport,...but then fatigue kicks in and things go awry, and it then seems hostile with division....but then again, it's like a place to come and relax, kick of ya shoes and drift away .........
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Date: 2/16/2017 12:52:00 PM
The GUI of this site is excellent. It is clean & efficient. I also like the additions admin has added since I joined. Fellow poets, both friend and foe, have inspired me frequently. This is a good place to be.
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Date: 2/16/2017 8:05:00 AM
I love being here, I am not long enough here to understand the features Soup used to have :) I made great friends here and I intend to stay, my own poetry evolves so greatly by all suggestions, comments and collaborations.
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Date: 2/16/2017 6:30:00 AM
I have really enjoyed my time here on soup and have made some wonderful and encouraging friends who continue to inspire me daily. I have not been here that long but I have spent many years on several other sites and I can tell you, soup is the best all around poetry site I have found. I plan on being a member here for a long time.
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Date: 2/16/2017 6:06:00 AM
I joined PS at the end Feb last year after some friends had persuaded me to publish my work. I was extremely nervous as I was not sure people would like it. I really appreciate the welcome I received and the encouragement to continue writing. I do now read the work of new poets and respond positively if I like their poems. I have read so much really good and imaginative poetry here and I really do appreciate comments. One of the biggest positives for me is the dated copyright. Next month I shall renew my membership and I am thinking about a lifetime membership.
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Date: 2/16/2017 4:50:00 AM
tried other sites and found poetry soup to be the most user friendly, with a great bunch of poets . the comps are great and encourage you to try different forms I had never even heard of . highlight being a place in one of brians comps . stephen
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Date: 2/16/2017 4:49:00 AM
I would never have flourished as a poet without the support and encouragement from people on the site and have learned so so much in 3 years. I have seen many changes since I joined and we just have to move with the times and I like the new features with the audio and also being able to add a photo is a feature I now love ... although I was adamant at the time I'd never use it lol:-) I will remain on the site as long as the ink continues to flow:-) hugs Jan xx
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My Past Blog Posts

OPAQUE OR NOT, what do you say?
Date Posted: 3/21/2018 4:10:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/20/2018 3:56:00 AM
POETRY Q&A NO 4 voice your choice
Date Posted: 3/19/2018 1:12:00 AM
POETRY Q&A no 3 your advice please
Date Posted: 3/18/2018 1:05:00 AM
POETRY Q&A no 2 do share,don't be shy
Date Posted: 3/17/2018 1:26:00 AM
POETRY Q&A no 1 who,what why ?
Date Posted: 3/16/2018 1:17:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/15/2018 3:50:00 AM
TOO abecedarian for my TASTE
Date Posted: 3/14/2018 4:10:00 AM
POETRY with ears open
Date Posted: 3/13/2018 3:39:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/12/2018 1:38:00 AM
OLD=PASSE I don't think so
Date Posted: 3/11/2018 3:33:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/10/2018 2:42:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/9/2018 1:07:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/8/2018 2:47:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/6/2018 2:59:00 AM
IMPULSE .. is why I bother?
Date Posted: 3/4/2018 12:21:00 AM
PUB NIGHT SPECIAL the master poet himself
Date Posted: 3/1/2018 4:07:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/28/2018 3:25:00 AM
CHOICE POETIC VERSE still open,add to our list
Date Posted: 2/26/2018 2:53:00 AM
EAR CANDY crossover
Date Posted: 2/23/2018 12:49:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/21/2018 2:38:00 AM
PUB NIGHT poetry for thee- NOW with audio link
Date Posted: 2/15/2018 3:03:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/9/2018 3:21:00 AM
TEASHOP TALK SPECIAL this afternoon in February
Date Posted: 2/5/2018 10:08:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/1/2018 10:34:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
3/21/2018 KILLING WITHOUT WORDS Verseconflict,social,
3/20/2018 HAPPENING NO 12 ear candy Verseemotions,muse,
3/19/2018 MISCELLANY OF HAPPENINGS Listimagery,
3/18/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 31 Ekphrasismusic,people,
3/17/2018 DUSK Verseeve,
3/16/2018 HAPPENING 11 ear candy Versemusic,winter,
3/15/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 30 Ekphrasispoets,
3/14/2018 FEELERS Verseemotions,nature,
3/13/2018 HAPPENING NO 10 ear candy Versemusic,
3/12/2018 MONKU EKPHRASIS 29 Ekphrasispoets,
3/11/2018 MUSICAL HAPPENING Versemusic,
3/10/2018 HAPPENING NO 9 ear candy Versemusic,
3/9/2018 HAPPENING NO 8 ear candy Ekphrasisemotions,music,
3/8/2018 PURE POETRY Versepoetry,
3/7/2018 HAPPENING NO 7 ear candy Versemusic,
3/6/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 28 Ekphrasiseulogy,poetry,
3/5/2018 A NATURAL EVENT Versebirth,inspiration,poetry,
3/4/2018 HAPPENING NO 6 ear candy Imagismmusic,
3/3/2018 MONOKU EKPHRAHSIS 27 Ekphrasispoetry,
3/2/2018 COLD YEARS QUIET TIMES Verselife,
3/1/2018 HAPPENING No 5 ear candy Versemusic,
2/28/2018 MONKU EKPHRASIS 26 Ekphrasisart,
2/27/2018 HAPPENING NO 4 ear candy Versemusic,
2/26/2018 CONTRASTS Verseemotions,
2/25/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 25 Ekphrasisart,
2/24/2018 HAPPENING 3 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,
2/23/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 24 Ekphrasisart,childhood,
2/22/2018 CHANGE OF MIND Versechristian,motivation,
2/21/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 23 Ekphrasisart,
2/20/2018 FEELINGS Verseemotions,nature,
2/19/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 22 Ekphrasisart,
2/19/2018 UPTIGHT AND PERSONAL Verseangst,emotions,love,
2/17/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 21 Ekphrasisart,
2/16/2018 HAPPENING 2 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,
2/16/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 20 Ekphrasisart,
2/16/2018 EVERYTHING IS Verseconfusion,
2/15/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 19 Ekphrasisart,
2/15/2018 WINTER CHILL Verseseasons,winter,
2/14/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 18 Ekphrasisart,
2/14/2018 SIREN SONG Versedepression,
2/13/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 17 Ekphrasisart,
2/13/2018 SMALL TALK Verserelationship,
2/12/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 16 Ekphrasisart,
2/12/2018 WRETCHEDNESS Versedepression,
2/11/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 15 Ekphrasisdream,music,
2/11/2018 THE PAST Versehistory,perspective,
2/10/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 14 Ekphrasismusic,
2/10/2018 WORD PAINTINGS Verseart,poetry,words,
2/9/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 13 Ekphrasisart,imagination,
2/8/2018 CHANGE OF MIND Verseinspiration,
2/8/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 12 Ekphrasisanimal,art,
2/7/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 11 Ekphrasisart,nature,
2/7/2018 BEWITCHED AND BEGUILED Verseimagery,imagination,
2/6/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 10 Ekphrasisart,music,
2/6/2018 ME AND MY SHADOW Verseinspiration,
2/5/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 9 Ekphrasisart,
2/5/2018 VOCAL LINES Verseplaces,
2/4/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 8 Ekphrasisart,people,
2/4/2018 OVER and OVER AGAIN Versemusic,poetry,
2/3/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 7 Ekphrasisart,people,
2/3/2018 ENNUI INTERVALS Verseintrospection,time,
2/2/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 6 Ekphrasisart,
2/2/2018 HAPPENING POEM 1 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,poetry,
2/1/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 5 Monokuart,
2/1/2018 SILENCE FOR A CLERIHEW Clerihewmusic,people,satire,
1/31/2018 MONKU EKPHRASIS 4 Monokuart,
1/31/2018 ART NOUVEAU Verseart,
1/30/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 3 Monokuart,people,
1/30/2018 ARTISTIC CRISIS Verseword play,writing,
1/29/2018 MONOKU-EKPHRASIS 2 Monokuart,people,
1/29/2018 THE LODGE Verseplaces,
1/28/2018 MONKU-EKPHRASIS 1 Ekphrasisart,imagery,loneliness,
1/27/2018 ENCHANTMENT Versenostalgia,
1/26/2018 NOW YOU ARE HERE Monokuhistory,i am,
1/25/2018 ONE WORD TRIBUTE Versemusic,poetry,
1/24/2018 ENNUI INTERVAL S Versedark,day,
1/22/2018 A PIECE OF NONSENSE Versenonsense,poetry,
1/19/2018 A CONCEIT Versewriting,
1/17/2018 SEVENLING the form Didacticchristian,truth,
1/15/2018 RECITATIONS Versepoetry,
1/13/2018 A YESTERDAY PLACE Verseplaces,
1/11/2018 A LIVING ALLEGORY Versejourney,life,
1/10/2018 INTERACTIVE DELIGHT Verselove,passion,
1/9/2018 INFRA RED Versepassion,
1/8/2018 UNFLOWERED Versedeath,flower,nature,
1/7/2018 HEAVENS ALIVE Verseheaven,sky,
1/6/2018 VEILED MOMENTS Imagismimagery,weather,
1/5/2018 ARTFORMS music Didacticmusic,
1/4/2018 ARTFORMS painting Didacticart,
1/3/2018 STILL POINT 50 Imagismimagery,love,
1/3/2018 ARTFORMS poetry Didacticpoetry,
1/2/2018 STILL POINT 49 Imagismimagery,
1/2/2018 AGES OF MAN or woman List life,
1/1/2018 STILL POINT 48 Imagismimagery,imagination,
1/1/2018 SHORT FORMS Versepoetry,
12/31/2017 STILL POINT 47 Imagismweather,
12/31/2017 INSPIRATION Didacticinspiration,poets,
12/30/2017 SOUNDS AND SYMBOLS Verseimagery,
12/29/2017 AFTER STYLE OF WCW Versenew year,winter,

My Photos

Fav Poems

The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,,sweet lo
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Poetryfunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Grandfather's Arbour (revised) Sonnet 
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,naturemay,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature,
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins
It is Written in a Star Concretehistory,love,peace,
To VC Free versehope,love,mysteryheart,he
Transition Kimonature
Christmas Eve of Old Couplethappiness,holidaymusic,mu
Baby Girl (For Asante Indira) Free versedaughter,education,intros
Ode to Winter Odefaith,happiness,hope,natu
Wisdom (An Emily dedicated to Brian Strand) Epigramdedicationmay,
Buried Rhymeangst,death,imagination
Glare Ice Haikunature
The Sun Rises--The Moon Sets Acrosticlife,naturemoon,
She Danced Quatrainimagination,inspirational

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