Showing posts with label Overcoming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Overcoming. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

De(e)p-ression De-funk

I haven't thought
of hollyhocks
in quite some time,

nor roses.

Stone flowers
gray my landscape—hard,

the way the light isn’t light anymore,
but an intrusion, an offense,
to the dark soil of my seedling,

nursing safe, until color is ready to form,
replacing stone,
crumbling statues,

bleak memorials of times past,
headstones of a previous life—

to reach, to grow,
to topple them,
with leaves and stem

and oh, the most glorious bloom.

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner

The Great Stone Church 
Photo © 2016 Jennifer Wagner

Friday, January 16, 2015

Resurgences (2 tenWords)

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winter garden
tiny grave beds
(tu)lips are whispering,
come, spring”

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tracing her scars
like braille, mouthing,


© 2015 Jennifer Wagner

For dVerse, the tenWord, a form created by Brian Miller.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sea Elf Blooms the Desert

Chihuly’s Fiori di Como 
 cartoonified photo © 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Sea elf
took his
raspberry lantern
and journeyed to the desert lands

to look for
new places to play,
new tunes to be hummed,
and friends to be made.

He crafted
his hut
next to
a whispering tree
and blew
his glass bugle
in a mad-fantastic

of starlight
and twilight
and the moon (to make them swoon)

and if you don’t believe me
you should see
the cobalt blue
of never-give-up
sky anemones.

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Above is a cartoonified photo I took of Dale Chihuly’s Fiori di Como at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  Chihuly’s work is amazing and even more inspiring to me is his story of losing an eye in an accident and a few years later injuring his shoulder but continuing on with his glass blowing dream.  Click the highlighted links to see/read more if you’re interested.  Amazing, inspiring, beautiful stuff.

For Claudia’s Poetics-taking a ride on the color wheel at dVerse, which I am too late for so I'll be linking to OpenLinkNight, which I’m a bit late to as well, but hey the doors are still open!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Sometimes as I’m waking,
small light
drifts just past the curtains of an aphotic yesterday,

a glimmer
in this big expanse
where wholeness and possibility
have fallen dry like leaves;

like stars,
hidden half the time.

Sometimes I hold my breath in this space
of little light
wondering how long it will stay so dark.

It’s then I close my eyes in peace,
exhaling a smile of knowing

more dark is just more room
for small light
to grow.

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner