Friday, December 13, 2019

Martha Charmaine Gagnon Spies a Snow Dragon

photo © Mark Butkus 2003
A true believer can see a snow dragon in this picture.

I saw a dragon a few days ago
When I was outside shovelling snow...
His wings were intricate and powdery white
His body an iridescent pale blue light...
He seemed to float rather than fly

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Colleen Juri has A Lesson to Be Learned

photo © Mark Butkus 2013
Navigating childhood is a challenge at the best of times.

Who would have known?
No one could have seen what I was hiding
I sift through every drawer in the house.
No clean underwear to be found.
Mom is sick and I cannot bother her.
I do what I must do, chin up, I go to school.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Table Prayer for the Christmas Season

photo © Mark Butkus 2016
A Christmas get together among friends in Naples, California.

The Christmas season is a time for family and friends to get together. A time for joy, reflection, love and food. Over the years we have shared poems, carols, songs and memories. This Christmas we give thanks at the dinner table.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Library Way: John Milton and Areopagitica

Censorship interferes with the pursuit of truth.

Areopagitica is a polemic on the right to freedom of speech and expression by an impassioned John Milton. It was distributed via pamphlet in 1644, in defiance of pre-publication censorship.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

On the Eighth Day of...

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
Strawberry Fields forever.

I would write you a poem
As full of love as Frida for Diego
Souls entwined as John and Yoko
But all I have is a pen and a memory

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Cap Sawade's 'The Fateful Day’ in Pearl Harbor

NPS public domain photo.
USS Arizona leaving Pearl Harbor, 1940. Tai Sing Loo photo.

‘Twas the day before that fateful day,
December Sixth I think they say.
When leave trucks passed Pearl Harbor clear
The service men perched in the rear.
No thought gave they, of things to come.
For them, that day, all work was done.
In waters quiet of Pearl Harbor Bay,

Thursday, December 5, 2019

George Wither's A Christmas Carol Written Centuries Before Dickens

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
Let us all be merry.

So now is come our joyful feast,
  Let every man be jolly;
Each room with ivy leaves is dressed,
  And every post with holly.
    Though some churls at our mirth repine,
    Round your foreheads garlands twine,
    Drown sorrow in a cup of wine,
  And let us all be merry.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Liz Parkin Gets Personal with SELF

photo © Mark Butkus 2019
More fruit is the answer — make sangria!

Great expectations
Lead to Great disappointments
What in the Hell is the perfect mother anyway?
Is there a perfect child?
Prozacked, whacked, drooling in a corner
That IS someone’s child