Down the River

after Mary Oliver’s “Crossing the Swamp”

Here is the bend:
in the whispering trees
in the babbling water
where cattails cackle
with secrets
untold.

Here is the river:
where oar
breaks water
makes a stir
of ripples
sharing gossip with geese
busy-ness of beaver dam
carries on
and on.

Here is life:
undisturbed
and always disturbed
by growing
and going
moving against current
where river
is never
the same
letting the current
take me away
where I am
apart–

a part
of something always changing
always moving
rising
falling
ebbing
flowing
freezing
thawing

going–

around the bend again
where dead tree
finds life
dried reed
is resuscitated
wet
and glistening
and the cat-tails yowl
and tortoise sneers
and water sings
with its breathing chorus.

Here I am;
around the
river
bend.

© Maxine L. Peseke

photographs of us…

October 2018

“I felt it shelter to speak to you.”

~ Emily Dickinson

February 2019

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

~Jalal ad-Din Rumi 

August 2019

I believe that poets have to be inside their poems somewhere, or the poem won’t work.

~Joy Harjo

We write the old fashion way, in our journals first. Many of us draw and paint and truly become energized with the love of creating in many genres and types of media. Photo taken by Gina Marselle from a salon in 2017. This is a photo of Kat’s journal…you can tell by her quote tattooed on her arm, “…disturbed….”
No stress, find balance. Photo by Gina Marselle, 2018.
Often, when we write, we have delicious foods to help keep the creativeness nourished. This is from a salon in 2017. We are now meeting online due to COVID-19 and we all miss meeting in person. Hopefully, soon things will return to normal. Sometimes, ordinary isn’t boring, after all. Image by Gina Marselle.
We live and write in the beautiful land of New Mexico. It truly is enchanted. Image from the Southwest Chief Amtrak train of the Sandias, taken June 2017 by Gina Marselle.
When we are together, we write and write, and write (and who needs shoes?). Image from a salon in 2017 taken by Gina Marselle.
Image of Saturday’s Sirens poets’, Emily, Kat, and a guest poet Sadof… from a salon in 2017.
We find inspiration in quotes…
Sometimes, we wear hats and have a cocktail (usually tea) to celebrate poetry and Shakespeare’s birthday (and did we say poetry?). Liza, in the photo above, is wearing a fabulous hat, shares her happiness even when we’re social distancing because of COVID-19. Salud. Kampai. Viva. Sociable. À votre santé. Cheers.

We have been meeting every Thursday for the month of April. Photo of Emily, Liza, Maxine, Kat, and Gina. Screenshot by Gina, April 23, 2020.