MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


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Distant Forest Fires Visit

Writers in the Grove

The following was written by Writers in the Grove member Lorelle VanFossen based upon the prompt to pick a color and write about it.

Drifting down, white ash coated my world in silvery gray.

Each step pressed centuries of trees into black footsteps.

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Writers in the Grove Conference 1-27-18

So excited to have Paulann Petersen, Jessica Morrell, Chip MacGregor, Holly Lorincz, Kristin Thiel and Deborah Reed as faculty for our 1st Authors Conference to benefit the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center. Scheduled from 9 to 4 on Saturday, Jan 27, 2018. Come learn professionalism from experienced authors, editors, agent and Oregon Poet Laureate. $60 for the day. Details and registration forms at Writersinthegrove.com


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petroglyphs

stories told in simple sketches:

stick figures distinctly human

hand prints

paw prints

prey and weapon, atlatl

big horn sheep, lizard

hare and tortoise

short, parallel lines capped by single longer line

short, wavy lines capped by single longer line

what do they mean? why were they etched

on black, desert-varnished rock face

at times high above, reached only

by perilous climb

why?

warnings? maps?

celebration of successful hunt?

prayer to the great unknown?

we know only that humans

were here – this desert place –

eons before

felt this heat, squinted against this glare

worked to feed themselves and family

huddled together against night’s sudden cold

anxious, relieved, joyful, fearful, mournful

humans

reaching out over thousands of years

to us, who barely comprehend,

but feel their common humanity

Valley of Fire, Nevada