This is Africa

This morning I find myself reminiscing about my trip to Africa in 2008. What a glorious, beautiful time it was. The zebra stretches its patterned neck into the sky,while the giraffe meets its friends across the water. I think that it is an illusion, as I sip my coffee on the verandah, and watch its [...]

It’s a One-of-a-kind One-Liner…

In the last poetry class I took, we learned about aphorisms, which are one liners that contain a generalization about life or a topic, and are usually clever/witty and impactful. According to Lawhimsy.com, an aphorism is: There are many bloggers out there that are skilled at the art of creating these witty one liners. One [...]

Mary Oliver: A Celebration of Life

One of my favourite poets, Mary Oliver, passed away yesterday at age 83 from lymphoma. Her poems have a way of speaking to the deepest truths inside of you, in a way that makes you dream, burst with joy, and sometimes makes you reflect with sadness. She didn't have an easy life - she grew [...]

A Matter of Speed

It's been awhile since I've written a poem in my favourite form, the triolet. I love free form poetry, but I also enjoy writing based on a particular structure, where the rules are defined (rhyming, rhythm, alliteration), and all you have to do is imagine and play with the words until it all comes together. [...]