Frogs Hibernate at Turtle Creek

We’re sitting at dedicated park

Bench, red, grey, people, man

Woman on plaque says they

Left earth five years; did these

Middle class folks realize how

Long this bench would witness

Loving kindness, under Turtle

Creek mud, as males, females

Dive beneath muddy banks

Before snow flies into caverns

Of death–my goodness, no perhaps

Not, everyday brings us closer

To whiteout blizzards, then

Deep into 4 degrees Celsius.

Another of possible four years.

Then they’re gone.

Charles Taylor.

 

Published by elgwyn

I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read.

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