ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING
70 Poems for 70 days available at Amazon
70 poems for 70 days is a collection of linked poems. They are patterned after renshi poetry, which links each poem to the next. I am introducing these poems to you during April, which is poetry month and the month of the #AtoZChallenge for bloggers. Although I wrote each poem as part of a larger project, linking the poems together renshi-style, I am posting them here with an eye toward the alphabet of the April #AtoZChallenge. Viewing things through a different set of eyes may give one a new perspective. I am eager to see how my poetry presents itself when removed from the structured context. May this prove to be an interesting experiment for everyone.
The impetus for this collection of poetry was an occurrence still fresh in my mind.
The ink for my first poem fairly spilled onto the page as I recalled the words of a nice college-aged young man who had sauntered over to me at a Honolulu bus stop on June 11th, King Kamehameha Day.
The young man offered me a tiny yellow blossom. He smiled and said, “A beautiful flower for a beautiful lady.” I’m sure my appearance reminded him of his (exceptionally alert and spry)grandmother. Perhaps he was feeling nostalgic for home. I accepted the flower and smiled back. With a light step, he departed, and I felt he had made the world a brighter place for having shared his joie de vivre.
A Tiny Flower
Gold, each tiny petal
unites to form the helmet
of a flower’s bloom.
Together, their beauty
like solid sunshine
takes my breath away
A kind word, shared
without expectation, forms
a binding link to the universe.
Gazes remain fixed
as I board TheBus in silence
and still smiling, take my seat
Air brakes lift
We roll forward, and