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Mr. Ortega’s Horse

Horse running in the fog

 

Magnificent in carriage,
royalty on four flashing hooves.
One with earth and sky,
restless, going from grazing
to galloping, just like that!
Eager for attention, yet shy.
Gliding across the field,
allied with the natural world.
Sailing with ease over golden grasses,
haughty and humble at the same time.
Optimal energy in every stride,
running into the wind
sturdy and proud,
elegance in the form of a horse.

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Photos: Vander Meer

Happy Halloween

Joy Riding

Hootie tunes and shrieking screams
scary thingies in your dreams.
On this haunted, hunted night
what next on tap will give you fright?
Creeping, leaping, jumping, sneaking
is that a ghost at whom you’re peeking?
Tiptoe back, slither down the hall
when spooky phantoms on you call.
Get into a warm and comfy bed,
pull the covers o’er your head.
Sweet visions conjure into being,
ignore the specter on the ceiling.
Come out and play, he moans,
Halloween lasts but a day, he groans.
Laugh, laugh away your silly fear,
the pumpkin grin will bring you cheer.
Gliding ghouls are hosts to you
waiting, waiting, and then – BOO!

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Except for the photo, this is a retread from last year. The picture was taken at a hotel in Albuquerque where the employees were having a contest for the best carved pumpkin. They were all good, but this was a stand out. It’s the one we voted for :). Have a safe Halloween.

 

DEDICATION

NEW DAY

Doors open… and close
opportunity comes… and goes.
Life occurs ‘midst storm and trial,
yet there are reasons for us to smile.
Yes, life’s ruts make us stumble,
but courage assures we won’t crumble.
Rise, stand tall!
Follow life’s clarion call
to leap barriers in our way,
get to that better day.
Victory is ours to claim.
Tomorrow will never be the same
because today we gave a bit of who we are
and always, always raised the bar
to make of this moment now
all our dedication will allow.

EVERGREEN

EVERGREEN

 

Ever green is the evergreen,
stately, piercing the blue sky.
From a distance I see an outline
of a metropolis on some distant planet.

On a trail in their midst
I am a midget next to a giant,
a flittering moth flashing
through sun rays that pierce the shade.

Surrounded by pine and spruce,
pinion and fir I walk
in peace, the pine tar smell
reminding me of Christmas trees.

I walk in wonder
beneath the
canopy of branches
awed by the hand of God.

Lines, Poetry in Notion

Lines, Poetry in Notion ($7.50 plus tax and shipping)

Lines, Poetry in Notion

Think of how you feel about getting up in the morning to splashes of glorious color in the sky, or how you feel about your faith, your partner sleeping beside you, or the quirks of life that make you smile… or cry. That is the essence of Lines, Poetry in Notion. Poetry is for everyone. Yes, even you. It tells a story from beginning to end, in many verses or in one. It speaks to the heart and stirs the mind to contemplation or tears, or anger, or love, or any one of a dozen other reactions that invite you to explore something about yourself. Click here to see one of the poems from the book.

Lines, Poetry in Notion is available through this site using Paypal, or at online stores including Amazon.

Through Christmas, 10 percent of all sales will go to Chapter H, a Las Vegas, N.M. chapter of an international organization that supports educational opportunities for women.

25 Days of Christmas, An Advent Journey

25 Days Of Christmas, An Advent JourneyThe perfect Advent Calendar! 25 Days of Christmas, An Advent Journey rejoices in the birth of Christ through poetry. Words and phrases that evoke Advent, a time of expectant waiting for the Child of Wonder, inspired each poem. The accompanying scripture reflects on the promises of old, when prophets spoke of a Son, a King, a birthplace, a promise. These brief verses will bring joy to readers who want to take a moment out of busy holiday preparations to remember who we claim as our Redeemer King, and why we celebrate His birth. Add your thoughts and prayers, perhaps your own poems, in the white space entitled “Your Thoughts.”

25 Days of Christmas, Poetry of the Season contains poems in the acrostic style with the first letter of each sentence based on the title. The poems were shared on the author’s One Roof Publishing blog (www.oneroofpublish.com) in December. A friend asked if the poems would be available in printed format. The seed was planted and has grown to be this small offering of celebration. Merry Christmas, Christ is born!

25 Days of Christmas, An Advent Journey is available through this site using Paypal, or at online stores including Amazon.

Through Christmas, 10 percent of all donations and sales will go to a Las Vegas, N.M. chapter of an international organization that supports educational opportunities for women. Donors of $10 or more will receive a complimentary copy of Lines or 25 Days.

Autumn’s Favor

Chili Ristra

Come autumn, Mom couldn’t pass up
a roadside farm stand.
She had to stop, shop, buy.
The bright array of produce
– juicy apples
– plump pumpkins
– piquant chili peppers
– green and yellow squash
and more,
much better than any store.

Vibrant color,
mixed aromas of melons,
dirt from the field,
sawn wood of newly built
display stands, wobbly
yet able to bear the weight
of succulent bounty.
It made Mom grin,
and drew her in.

Chilly shopping in the open air.
Backdrop of plowed fields,
trees turning golden,
dropping leaves like confetti,
ristras glistening in the sun,
peppery red and lush,
green chilies turning in barrels
drenching the air
with the bouquet of fall,
a seasonal signal of winter’s call.

Good food
from the good earth,
to make into enchiladas,
tacos, rellanos,
beans with chicos,
cornbread sprinkled with chili
and kernels of fresh corn.
The kitchen a place of comfort
where love settled in every nook
and came in waves from the cook.

Autumn’s favor comes
in memories
of home, warmed by
the heat of an oven
baking a surprise
fresh from the field.
Memories interwoven with time,
a yearning to go back
and see my mother’s smile,
if only for a little while.

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Image: clipart.com

Poetry abounds at Spot 59

People's Faire MapThe 38th Annual People’s Faire is next Saturday, Aug. 27. I will be in space 59 (see map), selling my books. Please stop by. Featured books are my latest publications, 25 Days of Christmas, an Advent Journey, and Lines, Poetry in Notion. 25 Days is in print; Lines is on order. I will be selling 25 Days and taking orders for Lines. The books are $7.50 each.

These are chap books of poetry. 25 Days of Christmas, an Advent Journey, is just that. It contains 25 poems written in the acrostic style using familiar Christmas words and phrases. Lines, Poetry in Notion is a collection of poems I’ve written on my blog or simply for the pleasure of writing.

About Lines, Poetry in Notion

Lines, Poetry in Notion

Think of how you feel about getting up in the morning to splashes of glorious color in the sky, or how you feel about your faith, your partner sleeping beside you, or the quirks of life that make you smile… or cry. That is the essence of Lines, Poetry in Notion. Poetry is for everyone. Yes, even you. It tells a story from beginning to end, in many verses or in one. It speaks to the heart and stirs the mind to contemplation or tears, or anger, or love, or any one of a dozen other reactions that invite you to explore something about yourself.

About 25 Day of Christmas, an Advent Journey

25 Da25 Days Of Christmas, An Advent Journeyys of Christmas, Poetry of the Season contains poems in the acrostic style with the first letter of each sentence based on the title. The poems were shared on my One Roof Publishing blog in December. A friend asked if the poems would be available in printed format. The seed was planted and has grown to be this small offering of celebration. Merry Christmas, Christ is born!

Books on sale, Saturday only

Finding FamilyI will also have special People’s Faire discount prices for my other books, $15 Saturday only, regularly $21.95. This is a great time to buy Finding Family.  a story of what happens to a widow whose quiet life is interrupted when her estranged niece, Annie, arrives on her doorstep with three children and a dog of questionable breeding in tow. From the moment they blow into her life on a windy fall night and Krank the dog pees on her carpet, Lilly Irish begins a life-changing journey. Annie and her children are looking for a home. Will they find it with Lilly?

Other books on sale include The Ballad of Bawdy McClure, Future Imperfect and Not Just Another Day.

What is an indie author?

Being an indie author means you are smart enough to pay for the things you can’t do, and knowing what those things are.

As an indie author I feel compelled to share a little about what that means. In these days of print on demand publishing, success isn’t marked by whether you can get a big time publisher to validate your writing by buying your book, although that is a powerful statement in itself. Success is based on how many people read your work. If you sell on Amazon, that’s easy to track, assuming your book can be found among the hundreds of thousands of titles vying for readership. Yes, it is daunting, so when I ask you to buy my book online it’s not for the money (royalties are minimal), it’s for the count, to get a sense of whether my marketing message is reaching readers. Reviews are nice, too, even a couple of lines add up to a review.

I also have my books available on consignment in Las Vegas at Tome of the Range, Tito’s Gifts and Gallery and WarDance Designs and Gallery.

So, what does it mean to be an indie author?

Being an indie author is not for the faint of heart. Listed below are a few of the things you need to know how to do if you want to give it a shot. You notice I don’t say, “If you want to be successful.” Success in writing is a crap shoot whether you are indie published or traditionally published.

  • Come up with an interesting idea.
  • Write the story.
  • Edit. Revise. Edit. Revise. Edit. Revise.
  • Format the book for publication.
  • Create a book cover.
  • Upload to the publisher.
  • Get the galleys or a proof copy of the book.
  • Proof read THOROUGHLY!
  • Read. Edit. Correct. Read. Edit. Correct. Read…
  • Upload corrected copy.
  • GET ANOTHER PROOF COPY. READ. CORRECT. READ AGAIN!

And that’s just the beginning. Then you will need to promote the heck out of your book every way you can think of: press releases, book signings, posters, bookmarks, post cards, business cards, author website, tricks of the trade at Amazon, getting people to read and review your book… and anything else you can think of.

Being an indie author is truly a do-it-yourself way to get your book published. It means you are smart enough to pay for the things you can’t do, and knowing what those things are. I don’t abide by this edict, I’m too cheap, but it’s good advice anyway.

Oh, and by the way, self-publishing isn’t free, but what in life is?

 

RIPPLE EFFECT

nice blue droplet splashing in a clean water

Oh, I am sorry, forgive me,
I said,
I didn’t mean to be–

thoughtless, unkind, rude.

So, forgive me, for those
things I said or did.
I didn’t mean anything.
Just joking.
Just kidding.

I hurt your feelings?
Don’t be so sensitive!
Couldn’t you tell I was being–
funny?

And then someone called me “bossy”
in the most teasing sort of tone.
I knew he meant
pushy, aggressive, ambitious.
Someone else commented
–oh so kindly–
on my weight,
wondering what I was doing
to get into shape.
There have been other asides
I won’t quote,
words intended to be droll, I must note,
not cutting or demeaning
or­­­–
hurtful.
Two lessons from life’s journey:

One,
if it tears down rather than builds up,
don’t say it–

Two,
forgive careless words
spoken by others.

Be a pebble of kindness in the pond of life,
creating ripples of forgiveness.