Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cool Hot Dog

In the southwestern part of the United States this past summer has been very severe! When the first day of fall arrived this past week, it was a welcome event. However, here in Phoenix, we are still getting daytime temperatures over 100 degrees.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Man and Boy

One never knows when, or where from, the next idea for a poem will be found. Recently I met up an e-mail friend when she and her husband came to town to visit relatives. In the course of the conversation, my friend mentioned a photo she had seen of a man and a boy that she liked very much.

“Heroes” Poem Update

When I first saw the cemetery photo with the eagle perched on one of the gravestones I was emotionally moved. Little did I know that the photo would become famous overnight and attract worldwide attention!  After I wrote my poem and posted it on this blog, I did some research. I found an article, written by Jon Tevlin of the Star Tribune, which gave the details of the photo along with the photographer name. Here is a link to that article:

Mr. Tevlin has since published an update which tells of the mounting interest for the photo. Here is the link to that update:

In the update, it was mentioned that someone had written a poem based on the photo. Do you want to guess who that person was? I did send Mr. Tevlin a copy of my poem.

Stay tuned for more developments on this story. . . . . . .

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Recently I received an e-mail containing an awesome photograph of a National Cemetery scene. The theme of the photo expressed so much emotion that my eyes filled with tears as I viewed it.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Le Paysan

The title of today’s poem, Le Paysan, is French for “peasant.”  In France, a peasant is treated with dignity and is respected as a fellow worker.  The photo that prompted my poem was taken by Kristin Espinasse, a writer and photographer extraordinaire.  The picture was part of a story she wrote on her blog, French Word-A-Day. Going to Kristin's website and reading her story will help you understand what my poem is trying to say.