Monthly Archives: November 2014

Poem a Day Challenge Day 25: The Perfect Year Comments Off on Poem a Day Challenge Day 25: The Perfect Year

The Perfect Year The perfect year begins and ends much the same: With unflagging resolution, untired soul Still searching, striving, aging elegantly, Met aspirations vaulting me toward mature Forms of other long-cherished ambitions. © Beth Henary Watson 2014

Poem a Day Challenge Day 24: The transformation of paper 1

The transformation of paper Kitchen smudged Index card Passed around Through the years Amateur Chef to chef Softened by Wetted hands, Handwriting Indistinct Underneath Cocoa prints, Caked flour, Egg dribble Magically Replicates Grandmother’s Chocolate pie. © Beth Henary Watson 2014

Poem a Day Challenge Day 23: The Perfect Day Comments Off on Poem a Day Challenge Day 23: The Perfect Day

The Perfect Day The perfect day is a leisurely stroll Through an expansive garden in the fall— One last look at the aster and canna, Flashes of warmth before winter’s retreat, When they – and I – submit to renewal.   © Beth Henary Watson 2014

Poem a Day Challenge Day 19: Time & Money Comments Off on Poem a Day Challenge Day 19: Time & Money

Time & Money I ask how much an hour’s worth to you, What you will shirk for another refill Of coffee at breakfast before the day, What corners you’ll cut from how mom showed you Once you decide the virtues of homemade Hand-scoured, did it myself are limited; There is no ribbon for the cleanest […]

Poem a Day Challenge Day 18: The Perfect Hour Comments Off on Poem a Day Challenge Day 18: The Perfect Hour

The Perfect Hour The perfect hour is a rich merlot, Unhurried, plenty of time for deep breaths, Vibrant, pulsing dark red from ample store Velvety, smooth, no taste of bitterness As all hours should be, start to finish. © Beth Henary Watson 2014

Poem a Day Challenge Day 13: The eternal present Comments Off on Poem a Day Challenge Day 13: The eternal present

The eternal present I am here. Here. Here. Here. Dreaming of the future But trapped in the present. I won’t always be here; Some day I’ll reach elsewhere, Wherever that might be. I like what happens there: I will be, do, have all That ever I wished for. I think of it always: The future […]

Poem a Day Challenge Day 12: I live here Comments Off on Poem a Day Challenge Day 12: I live here

A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.   —Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being I Live Here I live here. My soul has returned To be rejoined with my body After a decade of wandering. The thrill to be made whole at last! Senses heightened, body […]

Poem a Day Challenge Day 9: It Happened Suddenly Comments Off on Poem a Day Challenge Day 9: It Happened Suddenly

Old age surprises [hapless mortals] while their minds are still childish, and they come to it unprepared and unarmed, for they have made no provision for it; they have stumbled upon it suddenly and unexpectedly, they did not notice that it was drawing nearer day by day. —Seneca the Younger It Happened Suddenly It’s all […]

Poem a Day Challenge Day 5: The Little Hand 1

The Little Hand How fast your little hand will grow! You’ll use it first to find your toes. Then Dad will teach you to peep-eye Before you turn to wave good-bye. Your palm in mine, we’ll cross the street ‘Til you get steady on your feet. And when you choose to let me go, Embrace […]

Poem a Day Challenge Day 3: The New Year Comments Off on Poem a Day Challenge Day 3: The New Year

The New Year There will never be another spring like this one: You are as young and sharp as you will ever be, Quixotic enough to not just wish but believe. No, there will never be another spring like this one. There will never be another summer like this one: You will never look better […]