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View from the Deck September 2023 (a poem)
Politics is a duty. Poetry is a need. —Alexandros Panagoulis
My poem "View from the Deck September 2023" was first published in the October 2023 issue of Quill & Parchment. This is how it goes when I read it:
It came when Autumn came, back to books, back to art, release from summer languor, a rhythm that goes back to a timid, bookish boy and a little schoolhouse in the Carolina countryside. Half a century and more and the span of a continent away, poem pages flutter where the book lies open, leaves quiver and fairly dance in sunset colored breeze, scent of rain, mist, sweet, gentle melancholy. I thought I heard a cello in the distance where a painter stood brush in hand poised at the canvas as if he were some Renoir, Degas, come to paint the riot of cloud and sunset that came when Autumn came.
As always, I express my appreciation to Quill and Parchment Editor-in-Chief Sharmagne Leland-St. John for her encouragement and support through twenty-plus years of a lovely literary friendship and to Senior Editor Michael Escoubas. They publish a fine magazine featuring a wealth of poems, book reviews, interviews, art, and recipes from Sharmagne’s kitchen.
A number of my poems have appeared in Quill and Parchment over the years. Readers who are interested can check them out by scrolling down to my name in the alphabetical list of authors on the Archives page K-L-M.
I also want to thank my friend Sophia Helstrom-White for the artwork that graces this issue of Portable Bohemia. I am delighted to share it.
Keep the faith. Stand with Ukraine. yr obdt svt
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