If You've Written to Me Via the Contact Form ...

If you have written to me with the contact form on this blog and you have not received an answer, it is because the email address you entered didn't work. In a few cases when I responded to my messages I got a "Delivery Failure Notification" message, which means that something didn't work with your email address.

So if you are still waiting for an answer from me, please try again.

Oh - and if you are waiting for your poem to be published, it will be. I have had several submissions lately and don't want to put them all up on one day.

But if I have asked you a question about your poem and haven't received an answer yet, I will wait for an answer before I publish.

Thanks!


Anna

Free Poem by Karen Howley: Water Falls

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Water Falls

The water is cold where I lie, but no matter.
Its frigidity pleases me and soothes my wearied soul.
I have gone far, and now I am here and here only.
Up hills and over long, rocky roads that jam pebbles into the soft, precious spots of the feet.
Down ravines and over bones of old, indistinguishable prey,
Eaten by something, God knows what, and left to drain of existence in the sun.
The water gushes over my head, forcing it down.
My arms flail with the will of the falls, bouncing and dancing like life.
A single, endless noise rushes past my ears, but in a moment it is gone;
Replaced by a silence of familiarity and peace.
I place my chin on the top of the boulder over which passes the eloquent stream.
Now I know what it feels like to be the rock over which the river flows
For thousands and thousands of years without end or memory.

- Written by Karen Howley

Karen is an English Education major from the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona.

Karen's terms: "My poems can be used for free, just as long as if someone uses my poem, they give me credit for my work."

Free Poem by Karen Howley: Connectedness

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Connectedness

Yesterday, I stopped fighting.
Yesterday, I saw my sister struggle for her life
In the midst of a band of cruel soldiers.
The look of terror on her face could only be paralleled
By mine.
Yesterday, I saw my brother die, gunned down by
Those who claimed they knew right from wrong,
But my brother still lies bleeding in the gutter, his hand
Holding mine.
Yesterday, I saw my father cry, brought to tears by
Collecting pieces of his family, blown up by a
Stranger in an airplane, whose face was not wet with tears,
Like mine.
Yesterday, I saw my mother cry out to her god,
Asking why it was she who suffered, why it was
Her family that was murdered; her grief was matched
Only by mine.
Yesterday, I realized who my family was.
It is everyone I know, and everyone I don't know.
My brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers
Die every day, and all I know is this life is not
Only mine.

- Written by Karen Howley

Karen is an English Education major from the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona.

Karen's terms: "My poems can be used for free, just as long as if someone uses my poem, they give me credit for my work."

Free Love Poem by Karen Howley: Limbs in Limbo

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Limbs in Limbo

You looked over your Dairy Queen spoon at me,
And the chocolate slid down as my heart jumped into
My Throat.
I played with my hair as you smiled in the way you have,
And you seemed to say thanks so humbly and so shyly with
Your Lips.
A stretch came to your limbs as the hands reached overhead
And Everything else seemed to stop as I caressed your searching fingers with
My Eyes.
A blush snuck up to my cheeks when you laughed at my joke,
And no one ever laughed at my jokes like you with the light in
Your Face.
Expanding like a deep breath in the yoga class I dragged you to on a hot summer day,
And feeling more relaxed, you look with your edgeless blue eyes into
My Heart.
Extending like the arm you reached toward me was your kindness,
And from the tears in my eyes when you told your story, I came to love
Your Heart.

by Karen Howley

Karen is an English Education major from the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona.

Karen's terms of use: :My poems can be used for free, just as long as if someone uses my poem, they give me credit for my work."

Free Love Poem by Karen Howley

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A sudden suffocation,

An ache in my heart,

My breath comes in short explosions like a sluggish train.

My mind does not entertain thoughts

Of a triple bypass

Because it was your phantom,

Manifested in the eyes of a helpless passerby,

That made me dismiss artery blockage and cholesterol.

I believe in soul mates because I found one.

I first saw you not with my eyes,

But with my spirit.

Your bit of StarGlass

seemed to melt into

My MoonLight.

In one infitesimally small moment,

Something of such weighty significance

Happened on me, I was instantly and indefinitely

Changed. I became the happiest of prisoners.

I fell into the disarming expansiveness of your smile,

Where, in a blink, Everything vanishes from my eyes but yours.

Moulded into my mind is you,

How you looked at me sleepily

And caressed my face so recently crisped by exhaustive outdoor rehearsals.

I pass by a bench where we once stole some fragmentary happiness.

Those footprints in the snow now belong to you,

Purloined from a meaningless stranger, transformed,

Forever following me anonymously,

Haunting my heart.

And so I quote those all-pervasive, faceless sages,

Who can up with a new banality

For every Fresh Hurt and New Confrontation,

Who people throw around with unconditional authority.

I whisper to myself,

"Time heals all hurts."

The most powerful river erodes everything,

Giving a fresh-etched look to old familiarity.

Yet somehow, I don't believe myself.

I wonder if some things are irreparable,

If time really heals all wounds.

Time knows nothing of my pain and my love.

I guess I'll just wait until the end of all things,

And finally know.

- Written by Karen Howley

Karen is an English Education major from the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona.

Karen's terms: "My poems can be used for free, just as long as if someone uses my poem, they give me credit for my work."

Poem by Holly Mann | Message to the Scammers

To my surprise, I recently received a message from Holly Mann, that she had purchased and read my poetry book, Some of My Poetry But Not All of It. Her appreciative (and equally appreciated) message was a surprise and very encouraging to me as a poet.

Holly also responded by posting her own poem. Holly is an Internet Marketer who teaches others to earn money online, while working from home. She has become famous throughout the Internet Community for teaching others to earn money honestly, and for her genuine interest in helping others to reach their dreams. She has published an E-Book called Honest Riches.

Holly's recent poem describes her feelings about unscrupulous scammers and con-artists online, who convince the unwary to pay high prices to "learn how to make money online" but who, in the end, give little in return. You can see Holly's Poem here at one of her websites.

From Holly Mann to the Scammers!


Holly Mann's Honest Riches

Poets and Poetry Blogs - Link Exchanges

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Helping Poet Bloggers Find Link Partners



I've been super-busy over the past weeks and haven't had as much time as I'd like to work on my poetry blogs and other poetry projects (such as a poetry website I am building).

Meanwhile I have an idea. I'd like to make a page dedicated to helping online poets and poetry bloggers who are looking to exchange links with other poetry sites and blogs. Then, someone who is looking for a link exchange can come to the post and find other poets who are also interested in link exchange.

So it goes like this:
  • If you'd like to exchange links with other poets or writers, leave a comment on this blog with your url, the name of your site, how you can be contacted, and which types of link exchanges you are looking for. (You can also note whether you would like this information to be included on the future poetry website which I am in the process of building.)
  • As long as you have a blog related to poetry, writing, or even the arts, I can publish your comment. And, as I have time, I can compile and update an organized list of links to sites and blogs that are interested in link exchange.
  • Later on, when a poet is looking for link partners and comes across this page, he will have a whole list of poets who might be interested in exchanging links with him.

I hope this will help other poets to get their poetry more widely distributed, read, commented on, and appreciated.

After all, poetry wasn't meant to sit on a shelf in an unopened book, nor to gather dust in the depths of an untapped webserver ...

Valentines Day Poems Wanted

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Valentines Day Poems Wanted

Valentines Day is coming up and people will be looking for free poems for their Valetines cards.

Any submissions?

In the meanwhile we do have our Free Love Poems, in case you are looking for a poem for Valentines Day.
 

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