MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


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wind whispered

low roar

wind-whisper, pine to fir

fir to pinch-blossomed rhodie

rhodie to seed-bent grass

grass to yellow, anticipatory smile

daisy’s white petals erect

a-tingle, funneling in

wind-borne news

she twists, glancing up

at evergreens nodding

dancing to the excitement

of gossip

of gossip

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WINTERSONG

Writers in the Grove’s 2nd annual juried reading event will be held as part of Forest Grove United Methodist’s cultural series this year, Saturday morning, January 21, 10:30 to about noon. Family friendly and free. Some fantastic work to be read. Books by local authors for sale, plus CD’s by a magical flutist. Welcome!  17th and Cedar


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starstuff and dust

snow flake, gentle drifting

large enough with accumulated experience

to know how to fall

with grace and awareness

of what surrounds us

if not of what we can do

if only with hope that what i can be –

unique, myself, unduplicated –

that mote or particle unlike any other

yet somehow akin –

how this individual can grow, can add, build

quietly give in a world of screamers of ‘me!’

to a culture of ‘take, before you get taken!’

how softly this bit of starstuff and dust

can reach to help, to learn

perhaps only to realize – finally – how gracefully

to fall again to ashes and dust

and thereby hearten a youth to see

death as part of life

and thus to live

in laughter and love

 

 

 

 


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LEND an EAR

Writers in the Grove’s annual juried reading event will be held  10:30 to about 12:30, Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the Plum Hill Winery just north of Gaston on Old Hwy 47.  See writersinthegrove.com or email maryjanenordgren@gmail.com for official submission forms.  Free and family friendly and fun.  Great wines and the pizza wagon will be there. Come hear local writers with their original work. Authors on hand to autograph their books.


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ah, ego

young, slender, wide-eyed fly

overwhelmed by urges

inflates his ego,

pumps air to balloon his head

swelling and lengthening

tiny tubes which support his eyes

beyond sinus pressure headache

pumps and pumps

until his head is massive, translucent

and eyes are as far from each other

as his life is worth

to impress a mate

thus puffed up, the stalk-eyed fly

struts

to confront another male

meeting head to head

to measure masculinity

by the width-span of their eyes

hot air results worthy of any politician

for the same prize:

the right to screw

his constituency