Poems of a Lifetime

May 19, 2016

It was that time again. My two year renewal for my website at GoDaddy. Am I the only one who hates their software? It’s not user friendly. It takes forever to accomplish the simplest of changes. But I have prevailed. I have updated my website and renewed for another two years. Wow. And it only took the better part of two days of my life. I got off easy.

So here it is–my new and improved website. Yes, it is not great, but it is a lot better than it was two years ago when I started it. And yes, I do want to know about errors, omissions and things that don’t make sense. I would not be offended but actually grateful to hear about them.

You know I would really rather be writing . .

 

Ms. Dale’s Website

 

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Kids Write About Peace

April 24, 2016

What does a child know about peace? Or poetry? Sixty students wowed us with their innocent verses while 250 people watched. This is not childish babble.  They wrote haikus and sistenas! Haiku, yes, well, they are short and could be called easy.  But sistena–that complex form with dramatic intricate stanza repetition! I’ve never written one in my entire poet career.

The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poem Competition nurtures a steady flow of budding Hawaiian poets. On April 22, we enjoyed hearing Maui island winners speak their poems and receive their prizes.  The poetry contest celebrates and awards winners on all islands. I can hardly wait until next year.

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Hummingbird Takes Flight at Makawao Library

April 16, 2016

Next Wednesday, April 20th I’ll be reading from my newly released poetry collection Jarring a Tiny Bird at the library in Makawao (Upcountry Maui).

Jarring A Tiny Bird

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Poetry on Hawaiian Air

April 6, 2016

Maui is so like a small town.  I will be interviewed on 88.5 radio tomorrow morning to discuss poetry and read some of my work in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I was invited as a member of Maui Live Poets Society here on island. What a great opportunity, one that would never happen in the big cities that I’ve lived in. It’s a live show so I hope I don’t do anything stupid. If I do I’ll just write a poem about it.

The Voice of Maui KAKU 88.5

 

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April Celebration

April 5, 2016

You knew it was coming. April is National Poetry Month. Here is my contribution to the glory of expressing life through words:

If February celebrates lasting love, April can lament love slipping away. . . drop by drop.

DRUNK IN THE AFTERNOON

the hole in my heart

like cork pulled from a bottle

a glass tunnel to wine once within

sides so smooth

never together to knit

 never to meet

everything

once inside

gone

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How Many Poems Make a Lifetime?

March 30, 2016

When my first poem was published years ago I embarked on the dream of compiling a weighty tome of poetry by the time I approached senility.  I planned to submit my little lyric masterpieces one by one to eager editors who would scatter my bylines hither and yon in their magazines, newspapers and anthologies.  Only after hundreds had been published individually this way would I gather them all up into a collection of my life’s work, a legacy that I could be proud of.

Life happens, of course.  Submitting one poem at a time became tedious, labor-intensive.  The competition was tough.  The  monetary reward non-existent.  I moved on to prose projects.  Poetry became my secret joy, for my eyes only. When life beat me up, I wrote sharp daggers to fight back.  When bliss came I let some of it spill over onto a page. I love these pieces.  They are my children.  I made them and they comfort me now in my maturing years.

My poetry collection is all but ready for publication. I have sloshed through the formatting. I have the cover. I’m getting final input from a favorite friend here and there. I can boast on my list of acknowledgements that eight of them have already been in print elsewhere. So how many poems make a lifetime?  Let’s say I have about 40 to share.

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Caregiver Retreat A Life-Saver

March 22, 2016

Duet Arizona sponsored a day retreat for caregivers on Friday March 20.  It was a refreshing success for 25 attendees who enjoyed massages, food and life-changing information.  Read the details  here

Caring for the Caregiver

 

 

Read Me a Caregiver Love Story

March 21, 2016

Tell me, overworked, stressed-out caregivers, would you like to listen to a caregiver love story with end of chapter helpful hints while you rest your eyes?  Listening to my book on-the-go, I’ve been told, would be perfect. So I am considering ACX the Audiobook Creation Exchange. They make it sound easy. What do you think?

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A New Poetry Cover

March 3, 2016

Since I’ve given myself the whole year of 2016 to publish my collection of poems, I have played with options every step of the way.  I’ve completely rearranged the order which led to a new title and cover.  I have a recurring hummingbird theme in my verse so this seemed appropriate.

 

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Words Mist the Air

January 29, 2016

The little room at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore was packed last night. A space full of visual art and vibrant words. I read three poems from Porcelain with an intro about Cinthia Albers the creator of the verses and soon-to-be bride. It was a great evening.