About quillfyre

I'm a poet and member of the League of Canadian Poets published in Ottawa journals and online. My poems have received Honourable Mentions in Arborealis 2008, Ontario Poetry Society, and the Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest in 2008 and 2011. I began writing on a manual green Olivetti typewriter, but I don’t miss having poems flavoured with correction fluid and cross-outs.

What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, June 2018

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

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JUNE, 2018

Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas. LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

 

CAA-NCR MEETING for JUNE 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
TOPIC: Songs and Stories with Phil Jenkins

Come and enjoy an evening of music and tales with the multi-talented Phil Jenkins, maker and seller of fine English and lyric song. http://www.philjenkins.ca/

 

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS FOR THE 2018 CAA NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

from Sherrill Wark NCWC Co-ordinator  https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region

May 8, 2018 – Ottawa – The National Capital Region Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 31st Annual National Capital Writing Contest. Finalists in the short story and poetry categories received their awards at a ceremony at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

The judge for poetry was Carol A. Stephen and R.J. Harlick judged the short story category.

2018 NCWC Results

 Short Story

First Place: Ingrid Betz, for Leaving is Just a Suitcase Away
Second Place: Adrienne Stevenson for Rules of the Road 
Third Place: Sonia Tilson for Wild Strawberry Jam

Honourable mentions: 

Anne-Marie Beattie for The Reservoir Man
Adam Heenan for The Tent Man 
Anna Rumin for Gently into the Night
Jeff Shiau for Coffee or Tea

Poetry

First Place: Joan McKay for “A Memory of Light”
Second Place: Marianne Jones for “Child of the 50’s”
Third Place: Gill Foss for “Beyond HRV”

Honourable mentions:

Gill Foss for “A Change of Pace”
Gill Foss for “Ode to Invisible
Ian Prattis for “The Seasons”

Congratulations to all.

 

CAA-NCR MEMBER NEWS: Octopus Books and award-winning poet JC Sulzenko celebrate the Ottawa launch of South Shore Suite…POEMS Jc18-800

Tuesday June 5, 7:00-9:00 PM, 116 Third Avenue, OTTAWA.  (Readings at 7:30 PM)

Information: www.pointpetrepublishing.ca

http://octopusbooks.ca/event/ottawa-launch-of-south-shore-suitepoems-with-jc-sulzenko

 

CAA NATIONAL

SAVE THE DATE: CANADIAN WRITERS’ SUMMIT, JUNE 14 TO 17, 2018

 June 14 to 17: Canadian Writers’ Summit 

The Canadian Writers’ Summit is a super-conference jointly hosted by a cohort of Canadian writer organizations, including Canadian Authors Association, which will take place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Writers take note – it’s only 2 months away. http://www.canadianwriterssummit.com/

 

The Banister 33rd Annual Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems; $4 for each additional poem

Deadline: May 31, 2018 Prize: $300; $200; $100

Description: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 33rd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology. Website: www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/

 

 

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

THE MAGIC OF MINIATURE: HAIBUN & SMALL BOOK MAKING WITH  TERRY ANN CARTER

This workshop is part of the spring celebration series: Land Art  AT

WINTERGREEN STUDIOS, YARKER, ON.

 Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:30 am — 4 pm

   If you love playing with words and images and you’d like to do both in one workshop, join poet and artist Terry Ann Carter for a day of magical creativity. Learn about the Japanese poetry form called haibun in the morning, and make your own miniature books in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome—beginners and experienced poets and artists—come one, come all.

DETAILS AT: https://www.wintergreenstudios.com/haibun/

 

 

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

OTTAWA SUBMISSIONS

 Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS                   

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

 The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!

Prizes:  1st Prize – £500  2nd Prize – £250  3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners up prizes of being published on our website and in a future anthology. Our judge for 2018 will be Sally Spedding. Entry forms online. Closing date: Sunday 27th May 2018. To keep up to date just sign up to our newsletter. http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

 Call for Entries: The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018. Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world. Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage. Entries are open until 31 August. Submit at: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 spring pulse poetry festival presents: Ontario’s First Painting/Poetry Juried Competition & Exhibition, Temiskaming Art Gallery, August 7 to September 2, 2018  Deadline for Submissions: Submissions by email/postal mail must be received by Friday June 8, 2018  Awards: Winning prizes are:  1st: $1000  2nd: $500  3rd: $250  Please contact David Brydges for a brochure with full details at mybyrdges@yahoo.ca.

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 TREE READING SERIES at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St. Ottawa (Hintonburg)

 

June 12, 2018 Tanis MacDonald + rob mclennan 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 

rob mclennan  Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. His most recent titles include the poetry collections Life Sentence (Flat Singles Press, 2018) and Household items (Salmon Poetry, 2018). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Christine McNair), The Garneau Review (ottawater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds),Touch the Donkey (touchthedonkey.blogspot.com) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). He is “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog, and an editor/managing editor of many gendered mothers. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com  More >

 

Tanis MacDonald  is a poet, editor, and creative non-fiction writer. Her book of essays, Out of Line: Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City will appear from Wolsak and Wynn in Spring 2018, and her next poetry book, Mobile, from BookThug in 2019. She is one of the co-editors of GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times, which will be published by Frontenac Press in Spring 2018. She lives in Waterloo and teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University.  More >

 

LiPS FINAL SLAM FOR THE SEASON Saturday June 16th, at McMartin House, 125 Gore St. East in Perth.

Doors will open at 7 and the show begins at 7:30. Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to fund the team.

 June is almost here, and so is the 8th LiPS Finals slam, to select the team to represent Lanark County at CFSW 2018 in Guelph this fall. It will be hosted by the former Capital Slam’s Slam Master Rusty Priske, who is also a prolific and published artist and will be sharing some of his work. In keeping with the inclusive nature of S.L.a.M., these Finals will also feature performers who may choose to not be judged. They will not be eligible for the team but will be an included part of the LiPS community series end-of-season show. The event is open to all ages, however please be advised that performers’ content is not previewed or censored. The venue is accessible to those with mobility issues. Please respect those with chemical sensitivities and refrain from wearing scents, hairspray, essential oils, clothing recently cleaned with scented products or fabric softeners, and such. Please also be aware of the environment you have been in earlier, as chemicals and scents are picked up and carried in our clothes and on our bodies and can cause people to suffer unpleasant symptoms or become very ill.

 

THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2018

 Saturday, June 23, 2018 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane). 

General info: noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors) admission free to the public.

$25 for exhibitors, full tables  $12.50 for half-tables (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.
To be included in the exhibitor catalog:
 please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by June 10th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue. And don’t forget the pre-fair reading usually held the night before, at The Carleton Tavern!  Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2018/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2018.html

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What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, May 2018

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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

MAY, 2018

 

Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2017-2018 UPCOMING

Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

 

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night

June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

 

CAA MONTHLY MEETING TUESDAY MAY 8, 2018

The 2018 National Capital Writing Contest Awards
At the Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library, Auditorium

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ANNOUNCING THE FINALISTS FOR THE 2018 CAA NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST

from Sherrill Wark NCWC Co-ordinator  https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 

Congratulations to all. Placing as a Finalist in the NCWC is indeed a coup.

There are seven Short Story finalists for our 31st Annual National Capital Writing Contest. The judge had trouble deciding which Honourable Mentions to keep, so we agreed to have four Honourable Mentions this year. This attests to the high quality of entries.

Note that one poet has made the list of Finalists no fewer than three times! This is not because of a dearth of entries, it’s because this poet consistently places as a Finalist every year. This year, she snagged three placements.

Short Stories
Anne-Marie Beattie, Oshawa, Ontario, The Reservoir Man
Ingrid Betz, London, Ontario, Leaving Is Just a Suitcase Away
Adam Heenan, Ottawa, Ontario, The Tent Man
Anna Rumin, Ottawa, Ontario, Gently into the Night
Jeff Shiau, Ottawa, Ontario, Coffee or Tea
Adrienne Stevenson, Ottawa, Ontario, Rules of the Road
Sonia Tilson, Ottawa, Ontario, Wild Strawberry Jam

Poetry
Gill Foss, Carp, Ontario, A Change of Pace
Gill Foss, Carp, Ontario, Beyond HRV*
Gill Foss, Carp, Ontario, Ode to Invisible Sounds
Marianne Jones, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Child of the 50’s
Joan McKay, Kingston, Ontario, A Memory of Light
Ian Prattis, Ottawa, Ontario, The Seasons

UPCOMING MEETINGS

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
TOPIC: Songs and Stories with Phil Jenkins

Come and enjoy an evening of music and tales with the multi-talented Phil Jenkins, maker and seller of fine English and lyric song. http://www.philjenkins.ca/

 

 CAA NATIONAL

SAVE THE DATE: CANADIAN WRITERS’ SUMMIT, JUNE 14 TO 17, 2018

 June 14 to 17: Canadian Writers’ Summit 

The Canadian Writers’ Summit is a super-conference jointly hosted by a cohort of Canadian writer organizations, including Canadian Authors Association, which will take place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Writers take note – it’s only 2 months away. http://www.canadianwriterssummit.com/

 

THE WHISTLER INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARDS IS NOW OPEN

and entering its third year, and Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver Branch will once more assist in the selection of finalists from the shortlist. Winners of fiction and non-fiction awards will be selected by well-known BC authors.

WIBA, the Whistler Independent Book Awards, are the only juried Canadian awards for self-published authors. As part of the prize package, winning manuscripts will be published and distributed nationally. These awards are produced jointly by the Whistler Writing Society and Vivalogue Publishing. Winners will be announced and celebrated at the Whistler Writers’ Festival , which takes place October 11 – 14, 2018.

 

The Banister 33rd Annual Poetry Contest

Genre: Poetry Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems; $4 for each additional poem

Deadline: May 31, 2018 Prize: $300; $200; $100

Description: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 33rd Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.

Website: www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/

 

OTHER WORKSHOPS

THE MAGIC OF MINIATURE: HAIBUN & SMALL BOOK MAKING WITH  TERRY ANN CARTER

This workshop is part of the spring celebration series: Land Art  AT

WINTERGREEN STUDIOS, YARKER, ON.

 Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:30 am — 4 pm

   If you love playing with words and images and you’d like to do both in one workshop, join poet and artist Terry Ann Carter for a day of magical creativity. Learn about the Japanese poetry form called haibun in the morning, and make your own miniature books in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome—beginners and experienced poets and artists—come one, come all.

DETAILS AT: https://www.wintergreenstudios.com/haibun/

  

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

OTTAWA SUBMISSIONS

 Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/

 

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

                 

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

 The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!

Prizes:  1st Prize – £500  2nd Prize – £250  3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners up prizes of being published on our website and in a future anthology. Our judge for 2018 will be Sally Spedding. Entry forms online. Closing date: Sunday 27th May 2018. To keep up to date just sign up to our newsletter. http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

 Call for Entries: The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018. Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world. Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage. Entries are open until 31 August. Submit at: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 spring pulse poetry festival presents: Ontario’s First Painting/Poetry Juried Competition & Exhibition, Temiskaming Art Gallery, August 7 to September 2, 2018

Deadline for Submissions: Submissions by email/postal mail must be received by Friday June 8, 2018

Awards: Winning prizes are:  1st: $1000  2nd: $500  3rd: $250  Please contact David Brydges for a brochure with full details at mybyrdges@yahoo.ca.

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN

 MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 

TREE READING SERIES at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St. Ottawa (Hintonburg)

MAY 8, 2018 Catriona Wright + Spencer Gordon

 

8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

Catriona Wright

Catriona is the poetry editor for The Puritan and a co-founder of Desert Pets Press

Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. She is the author of Table Manners (Véhicule Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, The Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. In 2014, she won Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award.  More >

Spencer Gordon

Ottawa’s own Puritan returns with his newest pop culture poetry collection. Spencer Gordon is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Cosmo (Coach House Books, 2012). Fall 2017 saw the launch of his debut collection of poetry, Cruise Missile Liberals (Nightwood Editions, and a blewointment Book). He is also co-founder of The Puritan, the decade-old literary journal. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, EVENT, THIS Magazine, Poetry Is Dead, The Winnipeg Review, CNQ, Broken Pencil, Joyland and many other periodicals and anthologies.

 Upcoming:

 More info: treereadingseries.ca

 

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL EVENTS MAY 1, 2018

https://writersfestival.org/events

 

THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2018

 

Saturday, June 23, 2018 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane). 

General info: noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors) admission free to the public.

$25 for exhibitors, full tables  $12.50 for half-tables (payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available)

 

Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.
To be included in the exhibitor catalog:
 please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by June 10th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue. And don’t forget the pre-fair reading usually held the night before, at The Carleton Tavern!  Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan@hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table More info http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.ca/2018/01/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-spring-2018.html

NaPoWriMo 2018 Two Sylvias Press april 20, 2018

Ah, to write about a secret and share it. Well, I can’t think of anything I am keeping secret that I can tell about, except perhaps one that I don’t know the answer to:

 

Family Secret

It isn’t my secret. It might be
my father’s. Perhaps his mother knew.
Born to one surname, married under another.
What happened in the years between?

Did it change when he was small?
Perhaps he never knew at all?
Am I a Swaebe? Or am I a Pfahl?

Did she change it or did he?
Why all the mystery?

All that so many years ago.
I suppose now I’ll never know.

Carol A. Stephen (nee Swaebe)
April 20, 2018

Swaebe is pronounced with a long a, silent e’s.  Swayb.

Pfahl, as far as I know, has a silent P and h  FAWL

NaPoWriMo 2018 Two Sylvias Press April 19, 2018

In each line of a 10 line poem use two words that mean the opposite of each other. This one was tough, because of the limitation of line length and the constraint of 10 lines.  Not my best effort. Trying to catch up does not attract the best words onto the page!

Winding Down

Days I think I’m crazy, the only thing that keeps me sane
is playing crazy eights, the start, stop and start again play
as each takes turns winning everything or nothing,
bitter losses, sweet rewards.

Wide awake when I start, sometimes I nod off, asleep sitting upright,
the outer me with closed eyes, while the inner me still plots strategy.
When I go to bed on ice cold sheets, I fire up the mattress heater,
look to the clear sky for stars, or check a red-cloudy sky for snow.
Near the river, I hear the geese, far off an owl hoots once then silent.
Nature sleeps in deep shadow in the park, near the shallow end of the pond.

Carol A. Stephen
April 19, 2018