This morning, at first light the sky was still. I opened the curtains to let in the light, then snuggled back under the covers, waiting til 7AM. First the wind blew in a dazzling snow squall that swirled like three story tall cloaked Sufis twirling outside so fast that tall pines were hidden.
Second, a proper gift from the beginning of Spring: Please find the first publishing of a new bit of poetry, in https://threedropspoetry.co.uk, for which I am very grateful. Three Drops in The Cauldron Journal comes out of the UK. Happy Spring! The wheel continues to turn toward light. See if you can find the cauldron.
I’m happy to divert your attention to http://www.masspoetry.org, or http://www.masspoetry.org/poemofthemoment5/#pomreardon. I’m grateful to be a “Massachusetts Poet of the Moment” this week.
We’ve just received our latest installment of snow, about fifteen inches of the stuff. On sunny days March brings tempuratures to 78 degrees inside– warm enough to open windows during daylight, but still I light a fire in the stove at night, and remember soaking up to my chin in hot water at Rio Caliente, in Primavera Mexico.
Primavera Forest / Bosque La Primavera
This forest holds my heart
este bosque sostiene mi corazón
Rio Caliente shimmers below us
a waterfall tumble with clouds of heat
we climb and and scramble carefully
over rocks as we cross the heated mist
sharp scent of pine and mesquite crackle
under our feet as the sun warms the hillside
below us the convent is tucked into a curve
of river where women come to heal
they are washed by the river
it arrives in their innermost places as the nun
muy vieja brings vegetables herbs and prayer
The nun will look into your eyes to consider
your chances and her resources
este bosque sostiene mi corazón
This river flows through my heart
*muy vieja -very old
Rio Caliente– Hot River
I very much appreciate the ‘top honors’ from Flutter Press, giving the news that ” The Heart is a Nursery For Hope is being received so well in the world, and I want o thank all the readers, as well as Sandy Benitez, Flutter Press.
Bestselling Chapbooks from 2016
Posted: 04 Jan 2017 07:30 PM PST
As promised, here are the bestselling chapbooks for 2016. There was actually a tie for third place and it seems that Sleeper by Rachel Adams has placed yet again!
1. First Honor – The Heart is a Nursery for Hope by Elaine Reardon
2. Second Honor – Sleeper by Rachel Adams
3. Third Honor – The Li Bo Poems by Steve Klepetar
Anatomy Lessons by Katarina Boudreaux
Janus has arrived!
This fellow was standing in a Dublin street waiting for January first to arrive. Just below a bit I’ve a small blessing for your New Year.
Thanks to Joanne Olivieri for publishing my poem, The Coming Time, at her ezine, http://stanzaicstylings.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-coming-time-after-swineherd-by.html
A Blessing for the New Year
Light of Moon,
light of sun,
light of stars,
illuminate your way.
Wisdom of ancestors be yours,
strength of heart be yours,
protection of hearth be yours,
Love weave a cloak to lay
upon your shoulders.
The Heart is a Nursery for Hope is now also available locally at Artrageous, on Elliot Street, in Brattleboro VT, and at the Petersham Craft and Art Gallery, Route 32, Petersham MA.