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Catherine Wald

October Haiku

 

We are gifted with

yellow, rust, scarlet visions

and, sadly, foresight.

 

 

Sparks and Ashes

 

Livid and luminous,

fireworking

branches electrify

skulking

skies.

 

Darkness beckons

with its murky secrets,

its royal sadness,

its reverberating silences.

 

Time to tread

the circular stair-

case of

chronology,

eyes filled with

sparks

and

ashes.

 

 

Testimony

 

Think the odds

are stacked against

you? Consider this:

 

The minute you dip one

toe in the froth, the

Ocean belongs to you.

 

As soon as you forget

who you think you are,

you discover Who you are.

 

Even if you take only

one small bite of Love’s buffet

you’ll never go hungry again.

 

 

Catherine Wald's chapbook, Distant, burned-out stars, was published in 2011 (Finishing Line Press); poems have appeared in American Journal of Nursing, Chronogram, Exit 13, Friends Journal, Westchester Review and on www.classicalpoets.org. She is author of The Resilient Writer: Tales of Rejection and Triumph from 23 Authors (Persea 2004) and articles in Journal of Creative Nonfiction, Poets & Writers and Writer’s Digest.