“Affinity” by Elizabeth Chapman
(Subtitle: Exercise in Rhyming Couplets)
painters of canvas on olivewood frames
and chefs who create art from blue cooktop flames
thimbles of steel giving cover to thumbs
and hardhats to bear the collapse when it comes
jiggers of rye that go down nice and smooth
and capsules designed to sedate if not soothe
badges of brass giving symbol of shield
and scarecrows that dance over corn in the field
open pit barbecues hoisted with ribs
and nursery mobiles that hang over cribs
stiff collared shirts that present a neat form
and ambience crafted to set the mood warm
dainty materials bordered with lace
and galaxies wreathing the fringes of space
horsemen who rein-free hang onto the mane
and lame soldiers marching back home with a cane
temper that drives men to violent deeds
and words that can cut a man right where he bleeds
clockhands that wearily work for a chime
and poets who agonize struggling for rhyme
It’s time to take a poetry pause so I can once again thank all who have paid me the honor of visiting this blog. I am grateful beyond measure for your kind consideration and attention. It genuinely moves me to realize my poetry is reaching so many people, in so many places around the world.
When I began this blog in January, I wasn’t at all sure my amateur poetry and occasional prose thoughts would hold much appeal, especially in this WordPress environment that I long admired for its strong population of talented writers. But you have shown me that there is indeed appreciation for my work, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
At this nine-month juncture, WordPress stats indicates “Poesy plus Polemics” has generated over
- 850 posts (almost all are poems)
- 33,000 visits
- 7,100 comments
- 2,000 followers
- 52 reader awards
These numbers are quite humbling for a retired old businessman. I have some luxury that I know not everyone else has, namely time. My days are no longer busy with the life I once led, and I use chunks of that time to read and contemplate as much of your work as possible. I follow many of you, and comment whenever I can.
I only hope I will continue to find words and forms that you find interesting. One thing I can guarantee is that whatever you read here will genuinely express my thoughts, ideas and beliefs.
Here’s to seeing you all on the “reader.”
– Paul F. Lenzi
I find myself amazed and somewhat embarrassed by these awards. It’s difficult to describe how gratifying it is to realize my work is being appreciated. Poetry reading always delighted me. Poetry writing always terrified me. It seemed enigmatic and quite foreign to my natural expression. But here I am. And I’m deeply thankful for your interest in my poetry and occasional prose.
Now to the matter at hand.
Many thanks to Anshuman Dash who has nominated me for a WordPress Family Award. His blog “Mute Expressions” can be found at http://anshu2koolman.wordpress.com/. A new blogger with a fresh voice, he was “freshly pressed” after only two weeks on board. I think you’ll find his work deep but hopeful and rather elegant.
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.
My Further Nominations: