Miami Poets chapter, Miami FL
Florida State Poets Association
The following verses on the subject of writing poetry
may be seen in the book Taming The Word.
My Children and My Friends
are the syllables in my songs;
the sharps the flats
the major and minor keys.
Diversity beggars description.
They accent in uneven feet
end in awkward enjambments
refuse to fit formal pattern flow.
Periods of smooth iambic life are lit
by lightening strikes of limerick
and precise metric beat.
These awkward lyrics may not rhyme
but they are songs and
they are mine!
I have no time for poems
Or pretty lines that rhyme.
I feel a feeling
That is much too deep
And it will show itself in spurts
As I express the hurt
Or joy or tenderness
Or anger or fear or kindness
That for the moment swells forth
From a heart that is overflowing.
No lukewarmness here!
A poet, perhaps, should feel less
To give room to search
For subtleness in phrasing
Metering proper distances
And each scalding tear.
Poetry is like gardening
a Calling — not for everyone.
It requires study of the seed catalogs
a willingness to rise early to weed out
straggling thoughts and prune the thorns.
When one crop is gathered
preserved on the shelf, a true gardener
is not looking at his store
but at the cleared expectant land
waiting for his practiced hand
to show it what more to grow.
To Feel Again
Bares his soul to me
And I am grateful,
For if I can see
The deep dimensions
Of a feeling person
The iron bands
Of restraint and control
That hold me prisoner
Will loosen a bit,
And I can feel
Of real emotion.
"...a willingness to rise early"
JNITA, a member of the Miami Poets chapter, is currently focusing on a critique group which continues to function
successfully after twelve years together. She has won more than 240 contest awards, including 1st place in two national contests.
Her work has appeared in magazines such as Lucidity, The Lyric, Nostalgia, Bird Talk, and Good Housekeeping.
Her poetry appears in nine anthologies and two books: An Apple Falls and Taming the Word.