another daydream

another daydream

Monday, September 14, 2020

Place

  

Sunset. Porch View. Lost River. West Virginia. 
This is the place...where much of my poetry is made, including "On the Porch" published this July in the Tiny Seed Literary Journal. You may have read "in Lost River" from the chapbook...even "Oh Orlando" was written here. May this view of September sunset commune with the part of you that lives for these moments...of beauty, of nature, of reprieve from worldly worry, of the strength of mountains...wherever you are. 

As Kalhil Gibran writes, "Does not your house dream? and dreaming, leave the city for a grove or hill-top?"


Warm wishes,
Charise



Saturday, August 29, 2020

"Virus"


Virus


You’ve moved in like a mistress, 

unwanted houseguest, paramour

putting a marriage into distress.

More than anyone bargained for,

freeloading on the betrothed,

stealing their embrace. Wait.

Breath you take away, know

that a debt will accumulate––

needing someone to survive––

opportune partner won’t last

forever––you’ll need to revive.

Soon desperate for a recast

and there’s a limited supply.

It’s ill-fated––your modus operandi.  


~ LCMH

Friday, August 14, 2020

Wall Poem

When you are spending more time at home here in 2020, you may get some crazy whimsical ideas about what you want to look at on your walls. This haiku I wrote a few years ago is my choice for a sunroom spot above a mirror, beneath a bronze work of art by a dear friend. 

Domestic transcendence is a possible destination. May you find your own version of this kind of destination...




Be well (and whimsical),
Charise 







Thursday, July 30, 2020

Tiny Seed Literary Journal


Nothing like giving back to nature that gives so freely to us...


Tiny Seed Literary Journal supports nature conservancy and offers a home for nature based art and writing. My poem "On the Porch" is published there today (link below), as part of their Pollinator Project.


https://tinyseedjournal.com/2020/07/30/on-the-porch/

Friday, July 17, 2020

Upcoming Book

My dear friend, JP Normile, has taught me most of what I know about gardening, has teamed up with me for a poetry reading and art show, has shared his incredible talents for composition in music, art, and writing, and...we are collaborating on a book.

His ink drawings will be paired with his stories and my poetry. We are going about this in a purely inspirational way––you could say that his art is the ground where I keep my focus until something blooms into a poem. We look forward to announcing the publication date! For now, we've got our hands full...bringing our work to fruition.



~ LCMH

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lucid Dream





In my lucid dream last night, these lines were paired with a framed picture of Dorothy Parker.
I couldn't find any record that she wrote this, but she may have said it––at least to me.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

"Call and Response"


Call and Response

Leave it to the fern,
enveloping millions of years,
greening…fronding…belonging
to a planet on a perilous spin.

Ancestral fern leans along borders
where complacency lands,
waving its leaflets in unison
…calling…responding…
for E Pluribus Unum. 

~ LCMH