Monthly Archives: August 2020

Sealey Chapbk Challenge-15

They Were Only Men-Patrick James Smith

 A poem, to honor America’s heroes, the men in the military

Poem printed in the Southside Messanger on  May 29, 2018

A 22 page poem about America’s wars and the men who left home to fight them.

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the blue pitcher

arlene s bice

beads, bangles & bubbles are pretty

the words just right can be witty

a pitcher of blue glass caught my eye

to sit on my table alongside the pie  

not enough to look good, but be useful

empty it is worthless, so it will be juiceful.


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Sealey Chapbk Challenge-14

Letting Go…Judi K. Beach

Leaving at 17 to Get Married

arlene s bice

I leave behind my girlish bedroom,

all pink and burgundy,

but no frilliness,                      never was a frilly girl.

I take with me the memory of a little girl \

sleeping/hiding behind a big Panda Bear.

I leave behind the bed of my youth,

where I dreamed my dreams,

crying out in the night,            because it was scary.

I take with me memories of measles, medicine,

junket and a small green plastic radio.

I leave behind my boudoir chair,

maple bones sticking out,

here and there,                                    a great reading chair.

I take with me the memory of re-dressing it

with wine-colored cotton stripes.

I leave behind my closet full,

out-grown styles worn,

in high school,                         wool plaids/tight sweaters.

I take with me the memory of pretty, silver,

feathered mules, impossible to walk in.

I leave behind my bureau,

the mirror adorned with cards,

and dried corsages,                 from high school dances.

I take with me the memory of the gym,

transformed by magic of fairy dust.

I leave behind the windows,

curtains of merlot matching,

the painted floor,                    round rug kept my feet warm.

I take with me the sound of the tree rustling

against screen, my personal weatherman.

I leave behind walls of pink,

once covered with pictures,

of movie stars,                         some were even signed to me.

I take with me memories of Friday nights

with the girls, looking for the boys.

Good-bye little room, you held me in comfort

as I grew, in the first book of the trilogy,

now it is time for the second book.

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TTOT-ten things of thankful

Dear Passengers-E. Calwell

The piles of books to read that I keep adding on.

Comic strip characters that guide us with laughter.

Artists who bring beauty into our lives just for the looking.

Memoirs to read of everyday people who don’t realize they are so much more.

For the fresh foods of summer.

For a new/old lamp on my desk that now balances the light I work by, thanks to the RESTORE in Durham/Chapel Hill. I love that store!

For my physical strength.

For my healthy body.

For my challenges at Lexulous (scrabble) online from my tough opponent LauraBelle. Love this game and the women I play against with joy and connection.

For my writing friendships formed over the years and continue to form even though some of us physically meet only occasionally or have not met physically at all and probably never will.

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Sealey Chapbk Challenge-13

The Drunken Petunia-Ellie

It rained last night

And the petunias got drunk

With their purple faces

Shining like midnight stars

They lapped up heaven’s wine

Without an ounce of guilt

They are trying to pretend

It didn’t happen

By looking bright and beautiful

But I can tell

Their breath smells

Like God’s winery.

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Sealey Chapbook Challenge-12

singing a tree into dance-Jaki Shelton Green

Special Edition by Carolina Wren Press (2003) for Governor’s Award

for Literature

singing a tree into dance-Jaki Shelton Green, Poet Laureate

Ms. Green has attended Warren Artists Market First Friday Poetry Night

in Warrenton, NC

We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our readings with her.

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Sealey Chapbook Challenge-11

Over Tea – terri st cloud -2008

A joy to re-read this chapbook that I carried with me many

tmes while sitting in waiting rooms for for appts. Because her

poems are short, I doodled and created my own sketches

around her words.

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Sealey Chapbk Challenge-10

Listen Up! Warren Artists Market

This is our first publication, 2013, a chapbook for the Senior Center Poets group.

We have published 7 anthologies since and have our 8th in the making.

One poem featured in this chapbook:

My African Prince, 1972 –by Carlo


when we first met,

on that hot day at the beach?


were you all wet!


lying there

 in the sun,

playing it cool.






from the sea.

Our eyes met.

I held my breath,

I must be dreaming.

This cannot be happening.

My heart is being captured

by this creature from the sea.

(LaVerne Gardner)

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Sealey Chapbook Challenge-day 9

Heartspeak-Ellie’s Group

Art Cover by Lillie Leonardi

The Empty Cathedral-

Joyce Lindenmuth

I look at the cathedral

                It’s empty

Once built on the backs of dreamers

Who thought they could capture

                The beauty of God within a building.

Instead, they built

                A monument to themselves

Their cleverness and facility,

                Expecting God to notice.

The empty cathedral

                Reminds me of my hopes

Of finding God

                Inside a building

Instead, I found not peace but dissent,

                Disappointment and despair.

I found God outside the cathedral

                Within the souls of people I love

Among the trees and birds

                And animals and clouds

That surround me.

I look at the cathedral

                It’s empty. Alone.

Unlike me. 

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Ten Things of Thankfulness

  1. The flight of steps in the town park so I cannot forget the ability to walk upstairs.
  2. For small gifts of a long time ago that keeps loved ones close while they are gone from me..
  3. The Sealey Chapbook Challenge of reading a chapbook a day for August. It has brought me back to re-reading good poems that have slept quietly on my bookshelf.
  4. For Zoom which is easy to use and allows me to see others in our meetings.
  5. For the caution many businesses are taking to help keep us safe as we shop and conduct business.
  6. For my lawn gentleman who does a fabulous job and allows me to take off a time or two of cutting my grass.
  7. Those who forgive me for being a day late in my Friday TTOT.
  8. For those who share recipes to try that are new to me.
  9. For the opinions of others to keep me from knowing all the answers.
  10. For others who continue to go forward, not allowing this pandemic to defeat them.


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