Back from a break, wrist fracture in fact.

I was humbled by the size of the audience I had for my reading from Resting in the Familiar at Village Books April 29 at 4:00 PM, How wonderful to see so many familiar faces in the audiences, although I wish I would have had time to visit with so many.  Thank you all for coming.

The visit to the Methow by Paul Nelson, Judy Kleinberg and Luther Allen on May 10 to give a workshop in Twisp on Glover Street at Rod Reagent’s studio and May 11 was a success.  We had several people who were interested in trying something new.  The next evening readings by them, our past Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, along with Confluence Poets: Sam Owen, Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Alana Blusol and myself at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop received a letter to the editor of the Methow Valley News  with high praise for the poetry.

 

Lathyrus Odoratus

to grow sweet peas
is to plan
preparing the bed
sowing the seed
stringing up net
or twine for vines
to grow sweet peas
is to think ahead
and lust
for a sweet scent
and delicate
beauty
if ever you receive
a bouquet
of sweet peas
thank the giver
profusely
from the bottom
of your heart
for certainly
they have borne
to you
a precious
gift

This poem was originally published in my chapbook “Talk” and expresses how I feel about receiving a bouquet of these exquisite flowers.   If you grow them and need to get rid of some I have plenty of vases to put them in.