… reading the latest issue of Thief literary magazine. The theme is “feast” and all the short stories and poems are food-related in one way or another. My poem “Chair on the Side of the Road” is in this issue. Salut! Enjoy! http://tribemedia.org/thief-issue-3-feast/
WHERE DOES THE CHILD SLEEP TONIGHT? Where does the old man sleep tonight? In his stately home on a quiet street, away from the city’s noise, the stress of governing and calculating returns on investments, market shares and margins, collateral damage. Where does the child sleep tonight? In her mother’s arms in the desert night, … More WHERE DOES THE CHILD SLEEP TONIGHT?
As I mentioned in my post on February 11th (February Poetry Prompts), I’m participating in a daily exercise in which we receive 10 words drawn from a newspaper article to use in a poem. My poem for February 14th took on something of a Valentine’s theme, although not in the usual way. Maybe it’s an … More A Valentine’s Day Poem (sort of)
I’ve got two more poems up at Fourth & Sycamore today: Paddington Bench, which was written for my wife, Kathy, and I Saw God the Other Day. Enjoy! You can find the poems here: https://fourthandsycamore.com/2017/02/13/poetry-by-michael-ratcliffe/
Each February for the past few years, I’ve participated in the daily poetry prompt exercise run by Maryland poet, Laura Shovan. This year’s theme is “Ten Words” with 10 words drawn from newspaper or other articles. Here are a few of the poems, with the 10 words. We actually started in January with some warm-ups. … More February Poetry Prompts
MEDITATION I bow over the handlebars in contemplation, the whirr of the chain my hymn, the road my text. Legs turn cranks. Rhythm brings solace. Movement is reason. There is purpose in toil and sweat; catharsis in the ache of muscles straining for greater distance and revelation of what one is capable. ON THE ROAD … More Bicycling Poems
The title for this entry is taken from David Hinton’s introduction to his collection (in translation) of poems by the T’ang Era poet, Po Chu-i (772-846 C.E.). Quoting Confucius, who wrote in The Analects, “There are three hundred songs in The Book of Songs, but this one phrase tells it all: thoughts never twisty,” Hinton applies … More “Thoughts Never Twisty”