A Wish #birthday #poetry

happy birthday radiance

candles light upon a cake

symbolizing all your years

and with one single blow

a wish for mankind you will make


one – your first in life you’ve just begun

two- you stumble forward tripping too

three – you reach and climb up trees

four – you read and want for more

five – so grown up and alive

ten- adventure stories spin

twenty – master of your destiny

seventy – Sudoku if you can only remember where you put the tea

Today at Poet’s United the prompt is Birthday in honor of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.


Tribute to a Smile #poetry #photography #smiles

If only I could cast away the pain

with a word

or a phrase

 holding back the rain

with a red umbrella

If only I could lie here

surrounded by down pillows

candlelight glow

 catching every tear

in a crystal bottle

If only we could dance before the moon

white cascade

billowing at our feet

snowflakes in silver spoon

reflecting smiles

If only I could scatter like confetti

rain, tears, snow

like laughter it would go

starlight always ready

into a joyful world

My youngest is a child no longer. Happy Birthday H!!!!

Happy Birthday -Robert Doisneau French Photographer #photography #napowrimo

“Never thought teacher would ask me for the answer. Now what do I do???”

Now then a little rain never hurt anyone. My Stradivarius on the other hand needs a perfectly balanced humid environment – not rain!

“They all heard about my magnificent ice cream. Cue up, ladies first.”

“New in town?”

“you need a new pick up line.”

“Nope- will never need one again…”


Le_Baiser_de_lHotel_de_Ville Robert Doisneau

The photographer what does he see?

lover’s embrace

a little girl’s dreams of the sea

or  is it a far off  land

or a tucked away place

close at hand

Celebrate the beauty that a photographer catches through his world. Robert Dosineau was a master at making an everyday scene look poetic.

Happy Birthday Robert!!

Cyrilla -The Woman in the Mist #poetry #nationalpoetrymonth

Taken by surprise I see her

the woman in the mist

a smile fused with love

Reaching out to her

I grasp a small hand

the woman in the mist

we walk and talk about life’s ups and downs

she listens as she always has

the woman in the mist

of my loss she understands

I awaken from a beautiful dream

that is springlike warm and green

the woman in the mist

she queries of her boys

and her heart’s desire

I assure her they are fairing well

the woman in the midst

our time escapes too soon

I will wait another year

for a moment with a friend so dear

the woman in the mist

Dedicated to my friend Cyrilla whose birthday we celebrate her memory will never fade from those she loves

Happy Birthday #LeonardCohen

 Inspired by Poet, Writer, Musician & Songwriter Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen keeps topping the charts…
“Considered one of the most influential authors of our time, his poems and songs have beautifully explored the major issues of humanity in great depth.”
Leonard Cohen, a Canadian, was born on September 21st, 1934. As a teen, he learned to play guitar and formed a country folk group. He attended McGill University to study law which he never completed. He started a journey as a poet /writer; his first publication, in 1956, was a book of poetry entitled Let Us Compare Mythologies. The Spice-Box of Earth (1961) brought Cohen public acclaim as a poet. His first novel published in 1963  was Favourite Game; Beautiful Losers followed in 1966Yeats, Miller, Irving, Leighton influenced Cohen’s as a writerHe often wrote about religion, sex, relationships, isolation.  For a number of years, Leonard went into a secluded life in a Zen Buddist monastery.  Leonard had “a persona often associated with mystique.”.
By the late 60s, Cohen was publishing fewer books and started focusing on writing music and recording. In 1967, he moved to the US to pursue folk music. He wrote his first published song Suzanne for Judy Collins in 1967; the same year he recorded his first album. Songs from that album were picked up by popular musicians like James Taylor and David Crosby. Cohen published his best known book of poetry and prose in 1978 -Death of a Ladies Man.The record, of the same title, was co-written and produced with Phil Spector (Songwriter/ record producer Spector was responsible for over 25 Top 40 hits in his career. Spector wrote lyrics and produced for many famous artists like Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Beatles, Rolling Stones.) Leonard Cohen, at 77, is still writing and producing music. A full collection is expected out in October.
 Awards: In 2008, Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In June, he was bestowed with the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters  considered one of the highest honor for a writer.Recurrent themes in Cohen’s early writings revolved around depression and suicide; later in his career he has written about political and social injustice. Cohen shows, in a profound way, that one’s writing can have a tremendous impact on our world and humanity.
When this American woman
( from “Let Us Compare Mythologies”)
When this American woman,
whose thighs are bound in casual red cloth,
comes thundering past my sitting place
like a forest-burning Mongol tribe,
the city is ravished and brittle buildings
of a hundred years splash into the street;
and my eyes are burnt
for the embroidered Chinese girls,
already old, and so small
between the thin pines
on these enormous landscapes,
that if you turn your head
they are lost for hours.
Thanks to Leonard Cohen for years of inspiration – Happy Birthday

Sing It From the Rooftops #FlashFiction

She knew the music by heart

motioning to the man on the sound board

“can we do one run through first?

I want this recording perfect.”

He tweeked the settings  pulling out her rich contralto tones.

“I’m ready,” she signaled head phones in place

She sang her heart out for her friend

“Happy Birthday Chris”

This 55 Flash Fiction is dedicated to a talented writer and photographer who I have the honor of working with At One Stop Poetry – Happy Birthday  Chris Galford.

Thanks to G-Man for the weekly opportunity to write Flash Fiction in a mere 55 words.

Rocking – Fifty for You!

My dear friend Rocky Barbanica is turning 50 this week. If you know him, you know a great compassionate friend; he’s always there as a shoulder to lean on. The friend you wouldn’t want to do this life without. Cheers and thanks Roc. Your friends and family love you!!!!

Fifty – a milestone

higher than the sky


So many things achieved

some things


flew right by


All and all

you have had



Great things

at each turn


What is left

after 50?

memories – to burn


Look back



so much

you have done!


There’s music



those girls



What Fun!


Rumbling sounds

seem so clear


The family

you’ve held

are so dear


Highs and lows

in the air

and some on

the ground


Many lessons

you have learned

Some are quite



Best part of

this fiftieth year?


I’ll tell you


my friend


keep living

keep pouring

it does not

have to end


More gray


age signs

this is true


but I promise

you are always




You’ve done

so much


Made a


it is true


Stood strong

in good times

cried with us




we all love

the  stalwart




that is



Thanks for the Harley Risastla


and the round of beer