Archive for ‘Alanna’

May 19, 2019

Dear Universe

by Alanna

The rhododendrons by my bedroom window

have burst open

globulous booms of bright magenta

glowing against gray skies

of these rainy May days.

Birds are busy about the feeder

occasionally lit up by the fiery orange plumage

of the grosbeaks, who have arrived

from their homes to the South.

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April 24, 2019

April 23

by Alanna

IMG_2039The Earth continues to give

And we take away…

 

Have you thanked the trees

For the house where you stay

And noticed the birds

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April 9, 2019

It’s Not About the Art

by Alanna

easels-372847_1920It’s not about the art

It’s about taking lines for a walk

Splashing in puddles of colors

And playing musical chairs with forms

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March 11, 2019

Sole Mates

by Alanna

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We were like two broken-in shoes

Looking for mates

Among a jumble of other used shoes

On a crowded thrift store shelf

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February 25, 2019

The Rains Came

by Alanna

rain-2362871_1920The Rains Came

And the humans complained

But not the Earth who soaked the sky water deep into all its pores

Nor the trees who quenched their thirst in grateful gulps from deep roots

Nor the spring bulbs gathering strength for their dazzling displays

Nor the deer hungry for tender green grass

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January 19, 2019

You Are Gone Now

by Alanna

mary-oliver-by-don-usner-200x200_bwYou are gone now

but still, I dwell in your forest of poems

and sit by the streams of your verse

finding sanctuary

May you rest in peace

Mary Oliver.

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January 6, 2019

Take Your Earbuds Out

by Alanna

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Take Your Earbuds Out

I am talking to you

Let me see your eyes

I am a human

Trying to connect with you

Another human

 

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December 17, 2018

I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BLOGGING ABOUT MY ARTWORK

by Alanna

You know, make a splash

 

With Google Analytics

 

Get followers

 

Boost sales on Etsy

 

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December 3, 2018

A Festival of Light

by Alanna

Let the light of who you truly are

Shine bright

And may the world

Embrace you

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Photo by the author

For the backstory on this poem, visit byalannapass.com 

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November 25, 2018

Waking

by Alanna

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There is an awkward transition

From dreamtime

To wakefulness

Where the nightly journey in my subconciusis

Is interrupted when my eyes open with the morning light

I was on the loose in the netherworld of experiences and imagery

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November 18, 2018

Deadline

by Alanna

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Dead Line

Sprawled flat in your path

Like giant road kill

Small, undetectable from a distance

Looming larger and larger

Until its great heaving, behemoth body

Brings you to your knees begging

For mercy between pathetic sobs

And muttered excuses

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November 14, 2018

Scrolling

by Alanna

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Name, address, telephone number

Birthdate

Index finger poised I scroll down the years

Down

Down

Down

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October 28, 2018

Autumn Greetings

by Alanna

tee-1698288_1920Goodbye garden

Goodbye bugs and bees

Goodbye hot weather

Farewell weeding

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September 18, 2018

Cairns

by Alanna

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Rocks stacked upon rocks

Balancing.

Stone sentinals

Marking the way

When the path is unclear

 

The Inuits have a name for them

Inukshuks

Theirs with heads, arms, legs

Human forms

Beckoning landmarks on the stark tundra

When the frozen landscape

Has nothing more to offer

 

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September 2, 2018

SHOULD

by Alanna

I should wake up earlier

Be more organized

Quit wasting time

Write more

Be more creative

Be more focused

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August 21, 2018

I’m in it Now

by Alanna

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I’m in it now

An occasional place

Contained, devoid of mental challenge

But really quite comfortable

And very safe

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July 31, 2018

I Know a Place

by Alanna

IMG_0893I Know a Place

Where the flesh and bones of the earth

Are laid bare

Rippled muscles of relief

Carved by centuries of thunderstorms

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July 16, 2018

The River Called to Me

by Alanna

The river called to me

With a voice born out of eternity

Fluent in all languages

Come

Rest

By my sparkling water

A silver ribbon in a dark forest.

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Photo by the author

For the backstory on this poem, visit byalannnapass.com

July 12, 2018

Intuition

by Alanna

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It’s there

Sometimes buried under piles of laundry

Or dirty dishes

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July 1, 2018

Grey Zone

by Alanna

There is a space

Between endings and beginnings

A quiet valley

Full of swirling grey mist

All sense of direction

Lost

 

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June 18, 2018

The Letters I Wrote

by Alanna

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The letters I wrote

were long-winded affairs

often written over a span

of several days

 

The letters I wrote

Documented the life of a young woman

Creating her own story

Capturing her memories through

Eyes of naivety and wonder

 

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June 3, 2018

Handprint on the Universe

by Alanna

Handprint on the UniversePut your handprint on the universe

Run through the cosmos

Hopping from asteroid to asteroid

Leaving your mark

Write your poems &

Draw your pictures on planets

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May 27, 2018

Someday

by Alanna

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The somedays roll past

Like tumbleweeds on a desert highway

Piling up on fences

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May 15, 2018

The “It”

by Alanna

She wanted to know what the “it” was

A fair question to be pondered on a blog

Several commenters responded “YES, YES, where is the It?

It escapes me!

 

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April 22, 2018

Song of the Earthworms

by Alanna

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The earthworms sing about rain

While we complain

Jolly songs as they move the soil

With their soft heads

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April 12, 2018

Seed Catalogs

by Alanna

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They arrive like expected guests

In the days after the New Year

A steady parade of seed catalogs

All shapes and sizes

From varying corners of the country

Filled with beckoning colored photographs

Of fruit, vegetable, & bloom waiting to fill the garden

Ready to awaken the winter-weary to a fresh frame of mind

The possibilities of the planting season.

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April 6, 2018

Purr

by Alanna

The stray cat cries pitifully at the door

waiting to be fed

a feast of canned food atop dry

with a tiny bowl of fresh cream.

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March 27, 2018

My Mother

by Alanna

MY MOTHER  

doesn’t want to eat much

take her pills

shower

exercise

or remember I lived in this house

for half my childhood

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