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Isolating is certainly easier with music (and coffee). I recorded this song last week. Thanks to Mark Phillips (guitars and slide-mandolin) and to Nancy Romano (co-lyricist).

Stay safe everyone, Mary

 

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Blogging (for me) seems a bit trivial today with all that’s going on in our world.

This post is simply for the purpose of diversion.  Thank you to James Paul Wagner and Nick Hale of Local Gems Poetry Press for including me in this episode of Bards Virtual Poetry Readings (click below).

Enjoy.  And may God bless us….everyone.

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This month, I had the great fortune of attending the book launch for Linda Trott Dickman’s new poetry book, ROAD TRIP.

Written while she and her husband, David (also a poet), took a cross country trip, the book explores the “joy in traveling the roads and singing their song.”

I personally connected with many of the poems as I love the feeling of freedom during a road trip, the rhythm of the road itself, the sense of covering long distances.

I’ve enjoyed Linda’s work on the printed page as well as at poetry readings.  Her knowledge of poetry (she’s a retired librarian) is certainly impressive with diverse poetic influences, such as Lee Bennet Hopkins, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Gelett Burgess, Malcolm Guite, Joyce Sidman, Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yolen, Mark Irwin, and Dr. Seuss.

Linda’s poems are also written as poetic devotions: “From the very first poem I wrote, I had a prayer.  I wanted every first to be for the Lord.  My first published poem, Unretouched, was published in The Salt and the Light (a Christian literary journal).”

So, what’s next in print?  Here’s what she tells me:

“I’m excited, that one of my poems will be included in a new children’s anthology.  The poem was a dream come true from my longtime poetry hero, Lee Bennet Hopkins, who passed away this past August. I read him in the 70’s in college, I met him in the 80’s and we became friends on Facebook in the last couple of years.  I was courageous enough to ask him how one gets published in one of his anthologies and after he read a sample of my work, he invited me to write a very specific poem for a goldfish.  It will be published in one of his last anthologies from Eerdmans Press (a Christian press). So, my first published effort for children will be for a Christian Press!

I will love sharing this poem with children, as well as the other poems in the book. I am in amazing company.   During my many years as a children’s librarian, I taught poetry to children and they were among my best teachers!”

I’m thankful (as are many others) that she loves sharing her poetry too.  Below is an excerpt from ROAD TRIP:

Remedio

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, For Camilla

Soft upon mountains

Gentle on arid land

Seeking healing elements

Woven basket in hand

 

Mindful of creation

Pruning carefully

Gathering but what is needed

Leaving some for the bees

 

Boiling, blending, steeping

Wax and herb and lard

Combined in a concoction

For those whose work is hard

 

Cota, torito, and garra

escoba de víbora gleaned

blended for aching bodies

bathed in boiled water for tea

 

hands lovingly choose them

planning for years to come

Honoring creation

Honoring God’s green thumb

– by Linda Trott  Dickman

ROAD TRIP  from Local Gems Press is available now on Amazon.

 

 

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Written with a little poetic inspiration from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s, The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls:

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Moon rich sky, I feel each
phase of time go by
long and high, I hear them echo by

Richer than the bluest blue
of velvet skies
I hear them echo by, echo by

Echoing dying, dying, forever dying

Echoes part in two from
heart to heart, two heartbeats
lost in time, echo by

Echoing dying, dying, forever dying

Taken by the hand with
no reply she sees
all her hopes and dreams
echo by

Echoing dying, dying, forever dying
forever and ever and ever…

(c) Mary C.M. Phillips
Produced by Mark Phillips

Inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s The Princess
Mary C.M. Phillips: vocals, keys
Mark Phillips: guitars, drums, bass, vocals

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light:

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind

For those that here we see no more;

Ring out the feud of rich and poor,

Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;

Ring in the nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

The faithless coldness of the times;

Ring out, ringlet my mournful rhymes

But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,

The civic slander and the spite;

Ring in the love of truth and right,

Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindlier hand;

Ring out the darkness of the land,

Ring in the Christ that is to be.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year, full of inspiration, love, good books, and poetry, Mary

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With all the tension in today’s world, a little poetry and humor is a welcome remedy.

This past Thursday, poets gathered at the Onyx Theatre in Oakdale, New York for an uplifting evening of poetry and the launch of Rhyme and PUNishment (yes, you read that right), an anthology of comedic verse in which one of my poems appears.

Below are some photos from the event.

Remember…

when the tough realities of the world are heavy,

humor can take away some of that weight.

Wishing you happiness — and lightness — for the holidays, Mary

 

 

 

 

 

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