Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
When I was a kid, I wrote poetry whenever I felt dark and miserable. I have since realized that the darkness isn’t what I thought it was. It is a gateway to the unknown, the Void, the vast watery unconscious. Transformative, it has a way of coming over me when I need a new perspective. And poetry is like having a key to the gates.
Poetry is a trickster. It lures me into the Otherworld, softly scented and fair, a light in the darkness. But then it vanishes and there I am, looking around in the creepy forest with no clue where I am or how I got there.
Poetry is subtle. It gives form to moods, feelings and impressions. Watery things take shape in the structures, shapes and sounds of words, flowing in and touching us in a personal way. Like a potion, poetry brings us beyond ourselves.
Poetry happens. I do not consider myself a poet but somehow it creeps into my work without an invitation. Like a cat, it does not want to be kept track of, but has a way of appearing in places.
In honor of the cat, I’ve collected some poems, some inspired by moods, others from my books:
The Warlock’s Spell ~ A princess is bound by the love of an evil war god.
The Maiden ~ Fear not, the twilight’s strange disquietude.
The River ~ Water is more patient than stone.
Songs of Soft Petals ~ When a wizard falls in love, he falls hard.
These Things Three ~ It is never a good idea to take what a witch tells you literally.
Yarrow, Thyme and Thorn ~ This is more amusing sung in a tavern than it is at sea during an otherworldly storm.
Song of the Sioros ~ One does not want to experience this creature firsthand.
The Chasm ~ A warrior’s vision put to verse.
Immortal Longing ~ Her immortal lover twinkled with the silence of deep winter on the hard, gray land.
A Call to Love ~ In the dark, a call to love; in the light, a bridge.
Earth Awakening ~ Spring in the northwoods.
The Solar Breath ~ Verses honoring the full moons of a year.
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