April is Poetry Month

Posted April 19, 2019 at 5:47 am by

In our con­tin­u­ing April is Poet­ry Month series, the San Juan Update is shar­ing poems from local poets every Fri­day this month. Today is the 3rd Fri­day and today we have “High Wind Warn­ing”, by Wil­iam Weissinger, and “Song Spar­row” by Susie Fos­ter Hale:

Sculp­ture by William Weissinger

High Wind Warning

Dark sil­hou­ettes against
grey win­ter waves,
a hun­dred seed heads,
each at the end
of its long-with­ered stalk,
sway in their bed
with the fresh­en­ing wind.

In a few months,
these black-eyed susans
will shoot their heads high
toward the warm sum­mer sun,
heed­less of the gales
that may break
their thin stems.

The bedrock surrounding
these res­olute plants
is cov­ered in moss,
hun­kered down and hold­ing on
in a thou­sand shades
of caution.

William Weissinger

* * *

“Approach­ing Storm” an etch­ing by Sher­ry Smith Bell”

Song Spar­row

A sweet song sparrow
hit my window.
She flew right into the
whis­per­ing reflection
on the glass.
It must have been the feeder
she saw through
the trees and
beyond that, the sea.
Unaware that I
had stooped to check for
feath­ers breathing,
her fright­ened heart,
quick beating,
I saw her tiny head
tuck back to rest,
still shak­en from the fall.
It was not until then, Love,
I remembered
fly­ing headstrong
into your arms,
dan­ger there, too.

Susie Fos­ter Hale
Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in the Sound­ings Review
Spring/Summer 2012 issue

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  1. Thank you so much for pub­lish­ing these poems by our mul­ti-tal­ent­ed local poets. So beau­ti­ful! Who knew what my for­mer lawyer (now sculp­tor) and my for­mer school work­mate were up to?!

    Comment by Jenepher Reeves on April 19, 2019 at 3:16 pm

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