Monthly Archives: April 2019

Imaginings for the Month of April Part 2

Imaginings for the Month of April, Part 2

The fire at Notre Dame

Restless and dissatisfied cats

Baseball

Never catching up on reading

Writing a poem

Aging cats and humans

Catsup

Giving permission that is really not permission

The value of silence

Markings

Front and back

Elephant ears

Running out of ideas (or not)—

They’re all there.

 

Dan Verner

April 30, 2019

 

 

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Imaginings for the Month of April Part 1

 

Imaginings for the Month of April Part 1

Bronze door handles and

Opening a new book for the first time

Cat “organs” and

Ideas lost and found

Writing a poem

Auto-complete and

Potatoes

Writing a poem (again)

Lies and chocolate

Black holes

Beauty and nature

Scenes from an Easter week

Intimations of mortality

And shoes.

They’re all there.

 

Dan Verner

April 29, 2019

 

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Day Twenty-Eight

Day Twenty-Eight

On this, the twenty-eighth day of

National Poetry Month,

I have run out of ideas

For poems

Like a guy who has run out of gas

On a desert highway

Where no one comes by.

So he starts walking

Hoping for a ride

Hoping for an unexpected gas station

Hoping for an idea.

 

Dan Verner

April 28, 2019

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Pachy Dermis

Pachy Dermis

Asian elephants cool themselves

By moving their ears

Which have blood vessels

Near the surface of the skin.

This is fortunate since elephants

Would find it difficult to

Put on a hat or hold a

Fan.

It works out well.

 

Dan Verner

April 27, 2019

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Front and Back

Front and Back

The azaleas along the front of our house

Are in full bloom.

Bright red, they go by the name of

Mother’s Day.

They were there when we moved in

Nearly 31 years ago and have bloomed

Most years.

In the back of our house

Some wild azaleas without a name

(As far as I know) grow in the back

Of our house. They are pink and white

And came from the woods behind my parents’ house.

My mother planted them there and

I think it right that in the front

Of our house

It is Mother’s Day

And in back

I am reminded of so many

Mother’s Days

As well.

 

Dan Verner

April 26, 2019

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Markings

Markings

In a room on the third floor

Of a church are small indentations

In the tile floor.

They don’t seem to be natural

And they’re not,

The remnants of who knows

How many cellos

Resting on their pins

While students played

And the teacher taught.

All these are invisible

To those walking by in the hall

As are the hours of practice and

Hard work

All to produce something

Audible and

Beautiful.

 

Dan Verner

April 25, 2019

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Silence

Silence

Four-part vocal groups

May make a great deal of

Sound, of course,

With crescendos

In fortississimo passages

With overtone series

And yet

They may also be

Silent

Before an entrance

During instrumental passages

And at the cutoff.

Silence defines sound:

Listen:

 

 

Dan Verner

April 24, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

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