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POET OF THE MONTH

Image by Wolfgang Hasselmann

Blowing Kisses
By Jan Stretch

I hear

the soft wind

whisper

her loving thoughts

to me

I sometimes hear

her howl

in pain and misery

 

I’ve seen her

when she’s angry

throwing

things about

when she’s lost

her temper

she tends to

scream and shout

 

She works up

quite a steam

on her journey

overseas

and becomes

a whirling dervish

that blows away

the bees

 

She’s the force

behind the water

the flame

that burns the trees

if we don’t

soon pay attention

she’ll bring us

to our knees

 

Yet wind still

brings me comfort

blowing kisses

are the best

I know she can

destroy me

but I love her

nonetheless

Image by Сергей Дрозд

A Walk in the Park
By Jan Stretch

 

grey haze

settles and softens

the still pond

where ducks meander

silently

 

from a distance

children’s laughter

muted by the fog

nearby

a chorus of frogs

 

I watch a boy

mindfully

step closer

to the grazing bunnies

... dine-and-dash

Image by Amelia Bartlett

Jan Stretch is a retired psychiatric nurse-therapist from Victoria BC Canada. She enjoys her large extended family, especially her two grandchildren and returned to thoughts of poetry on her daily walks during Covid. Jan was first published in the Dear Vaccine Anthology in 2022 and has since been published in numerous international journals, podcasts and anthologies. She especially loves writing Japanese short form and Cherita although is occasionally inspired to write longer poems. She is currently an administrator on Haiku Moments Facebook group. Insights gained from her years as a therapist and her nature walks continue to inform her poetry.

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