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The Swell

Anita Alig

the Swell

go slow into the swell: these slipways of love are rolling in, whitecaps, and the ground swells; brick walls brickle, metal shields melt, and we hold firm until the stream is a bending, a ream bracing us whole. The jukebox in the corner of the inn outside town churns the blisters and webs melton robes… Read more »

Beach Poem – On the Seaweeds’ Scattering

‘On the Seaweed’s Scattering’ is a beach poem, a celebration of beauty and a reflection on everything and everyone having a time and a place. On the Seaweed’s Scattering – a Beach Poem You cast a warm body And hold me In the drizzly bright of your palm, A baby mule Half-blind and staggering  … Read more »

River Story Poem – This Book Is a River

This Book is a River is a river story poem, a reflection on nature and on how nothing and no one exists in isolation at any time.  This Book Is a River – a river story poem This book is a river that gently makes its way down to the sea, dives in and disappears. And… Read more »

Inclusion Poem – Within a Tuft of Grass

Within a Tuft of Grass is an inclusion poem, a reflection on how life is best lived in close proximity.  Within a Tuft of Grass – Inclusion Poem To exclude is to slice someone away from the loaf, children in the classroom scoffing when           Johnny can’t spell P E E… Read more »

Acceptance Poem – Silent Night

Silent Night is an acceptance poem, a celebration of and a reflection on being small and finding that together, everything is better. Silent Night – an Acceptance Poem Some days we are a silent night. Listen. This is when stars smell like morning dew glossing over the stones and the moss you lay aside when… Read more »

May Poem – Nudity

nudity is a May poem, a reflection on finding a way to be tiny and comfortable within this big, big world where everyone is alone, yet no one is.  nudity –  a May Poem skin is like the rippling shoal of a lake on the run from frost and the sun         … Read more »

Plant Poem – Gorse

Gorse is a plant poem, a celebration of the beauty and resilience and prickly nature of this gorgeous shrub with her bright yellow petals and thorns. Gorse – a Plant Poem Now, she’s a riot whipping the sky blue with thorny twigs and then she beds the clouds in a sea of yellow rugs robes… Read more »

Spring Poems – Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming

Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming is one of my spring poems. I love this time of year and watch the petals and leaves appear like a hawk. Apple blossoms are amazing!   Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming – Spring Poems Mid conversation, we melt into the blossoming, a million apple petals rising from a… Read more »

Spring Poem – Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms is a spring poem, a celebration of nature’s beauty and fine art. Cherry Blossoms – Spring Poem Every summer, the sun sends cherry blossoms falling. Every floating petal is a letter written but never sent to something that some time, bloomed, but time ran out. Every spring is another burst of baby pink… Read more »

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    Growth Poem – The Woodturner

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    The Woodturner is a growth poem, a celebration of the stunning work of woodturners and a reflection on growth. The Woodturner – Growth Poem The woodturner dizzies a log into a bowl of fruit, turning and shaving, sanding and hollowing out a space, and woodchips fall like curly snowflakes. Now skinless, the log’s grain and… Read more »

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    Joy Poem – Landscape

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    Landscape is a joy poem, a reflection on how sometimes black and white turns colour and you’re not sure how or why. Landscape – Joy Poem …..and then you get into a landscape lighter than your breath, more solid than your arms, your legs poised for flying and diving all at once. And you wonder… Read more »

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    Poem About People – Botany

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    Botany is a poem about people, a reflection on how impossible it often is to understand them. I asked my therapist what it means if one day one friend stops talking to you and the other never stops ringing even though nothing happened. Perhaps I should have pulled in a non-incident or spun a web… Read more »

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    Waiting Poem – The Fisherwoman

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    The Fisherwoman is a waiting poem, a reflection on finding treasures inside or outside, on hope, dreams, action, and inaction. The Fisherwoman – Waiting Poem She was always fishing, fishing for fish and catching carp, day and night she’d stand at the shore, eyes gleaming, hands wound around the rod. She was always ready, ready… Read more »

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    Life Story Poem – The Curve

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    The Curve is a life story poem, a story about how we learn how to get along and the joy of a shared life. The Curve – Life Story Poem First, we learned how to tame the rats, then after thatYou showed me how to grow daisies and I showed you that Snails have their… Read more »

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    Family Life Poem – Ferrari

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    Ferrari is a family life poem, a celebration of parenthood and a reflection on the passing of time and its fast pace. Ferrari – Family Life Poem Our kids drive like a Ferrari, south-bound on the motorway, windows open, hair tossed against our cheeks. Between the tyres and the asphalt, sparks fly skyward. On dirt… Read more »

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    Geometry Poem – Precision

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    Precision is a geometry poem, a reflection on shapes, time, formation, growth, decay, and the random or predetermined nature of life. Precision – Geometry Poem I now think lines need to be precise For if they’re not how could it be That the life in me Could draw shapes so concise And leave me dangling… Read more »

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    Body Poem – The Skin

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    The Skin is a body poem, a reflection on body wisdom, overthinking, and the marvel of the body’s ability to repair itself. The Skin – Body Poem

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    Story Poem – My Three-Legged Dog

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    My Three-Legged Dog is a story poem, a reflection on friendship, love, recovery and the power of the ordinary. My Three-Legged Dog – Story Poem My three-legged dog and I are one and the same, he likes licking his belly as much as I like dancing around an ice cream with my tongue, brain freezing… Read more »