Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Idiome de Poesy--By Ken Allan Dronsfield--United States

Idiome de Poesy

Much as life itself, so goes poetry. 
Inspiration; endless...perpetual; diverse 
What an eye sees; and a mind dreams...
I thank God for paper and pen.

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran and poet. His poems have been published worldwide and can be found in many (online) journals. Ken loves life!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Treasured Times--By Allan Ball--England

Treasured Times 

Forever onwards moving along
Humming a tune, my favourite song

Melodies linger long in my mind
Tranquil thoughts of treasured times

Sharing access, nothing to hide
Peaceful and calm deep inside

Living life, no entrance fee
Evokes emotions simple carefree

A journey called life passing by
Serenities solace solicits a sigh 

Allan Ball has retired from a career in the Banking and Financial sector.His poems has been published in Anthologies. He thinks writing is both peaceful and rewarding. The written word allows our hearts to speak.

Opposite of Wishing--By Joan Leotta--United States

Opposite of Wishing

When I pick up morning's newspaper
Before reading, I look out to the still dark sky.
Night's star bright is for wishing;
On morning's star, I place gratitude for life and
hope my day's acts can help heal this hurting world.

Joan Leotta is a writer and story performer. She writes and tells to show the beauty and importance of ordinary moments, ordinary people–living in ordinary and extraordinary times. 

Healing--By Judy Shepps Battle--United States


Doubt courts certainty
Frailty weds strength
Trust begets gratitude

meditative heart flourishes
soul messages arrive
Special Delivery

no signature required.

Judy Shepps Battle has been writing essays and poems long before retiring from being a
psychotherapist and sociology professor. She is a New Jersey, USA resident, addictions
specialist, consultant and freelance writer. Her poems have been accepted in a variety of

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Team Theme Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Gert Knop—Germany, Jack Horne—England and Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)—The Netherlands

At the Blue River

By Gert Knop—Germany, Jack Horne—England
and Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)—The Netherlands

Lonely at the blue river,
gazing at the stones in it,
shiny, like precious jewels,
without the dust of the past.
Lonely at the blue river,
thoughts wander with the wind,
rushing distant clouds
on a quiet day

Soothing, murmuring
friendly wavelets
whispering stories
as they move
in circles
Tranquil moments,
daily devoirs
vanish leisurely
A praise for the mind

Lost in my memories,
serene sadness,
at peace with the past.
Raindrops splash,
each drop adding ripples;
the sun still shines, 
sparkling on the water.
Mellow moments,
a salve for the soul.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Friendship’s Beacon--By John Polselli--United States

Friendship’s Beacon

The lighthouse standing firmly on the reef,
Whose steadfast beacon brightens Neptune’s mist,
Affords the sightless mariner relief,
As one who has, through distance, friendship missed,
Unmindful whether infinite or brief.

John Polselli’s poetry has been published in many literary journals and is the recipient of several Editor’s Choice Awards. As a poet, John enjoys composing in all traditional forms including free verse as well as inventing his own.

I Write for You--By Rajnish Mishra--India

I Write for You

I thought of writing lines for you:
Of beauty, strength, and truth.
One song, just one;
Of hope, of life.

In these vacant, little, listless times,
what use of such pursuits?
they say. I smile 
and write those lines 
for you.

Rajnish Mishra is a poet, blogger, writer from Varanasi, India. He publishes PPP Ezine.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Gratitude--By Caryl Calsyn


Rain after a drought
Health after illness
Reunion after separation
Acceptance after grief
Forgiveness after discord
Peace after turmoil

It is during the “afters”
that gratitude climbs
to the mountain top
and shouts, “Yes!”

Calsyn is a retired Interior Designer who only began writing poetry about five years ago. About three years ago she began submitting to publishers. Her first try was accepted and she now has 124 that have been published.  She is a board member for the county historical commission and the local museum.  She sings in a chorale and her church choir and loves family gatherings.

The Presence--By Stefanie Bennett--Australia

The Presence
Beyond description,
Too wound-weary
To hold,
The Beloved
The wild violet
The Patron
Of soul.

Stefanie Bennett, ex-blues singer & musician, has published several books of poetry, a novel & a libretto, & worked with Arts Action For Peace.Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she has tutored at The Institute of Modern Languages – Cook University. Stefanie was born in Queensland, Australia in 1945.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Collaborative Writing Opportunity--The Theme Team--Submission Guidelines Hosted by Jack Horne--England

In an effort to increase opportunities for writers, Whispers is offering a new opportunity for collaborative poetry. The name for this opportunity is, The Theme Team.  Since this a new opportunity for publication feel free to contact Jack at jack-marcus@outlook.com if you have any suggestions.

1. Two or more writers may collaborate to submit poems for consideration to be featured our online journal. 

2. If you are interested in partnering with another writer, please contact your Collaborative Poem Editor at his email address below.  You will be given a theme.

3. Preferred method of submission is to send your poem in the body of an email with your name and country. Please email your partnered submission to Jack
at  jack-marcus@outlook.com  If you would rather submit by snail mail, please email me for my home address. You may email me with any questions you may have.

4. Submissions to The Theme Team will be NEW WORK since a topic will be assigned for each partnership to work on together. Please do not send quotes from others unless they are in the context of the piece submitted and that the original author is given credit.

5. The total line-count of partnered poems should not exceed 40 lines. Writers should use the same form.

6. There is no submissions deadline. Take your time and enjoy the collaborative experience.

7. No profanity, erotica, violence or other derogatory writing will be accepted.

8. Whispers’ reserves the right to select poetry based on the goal stated at the end of the guidelines.

9.  Spiritual poetry is welcomed but the editor would like to have a variety of pieces that will uplift and inspire readers. Humor is appreciated.

10. Poetry will be published along the left margin for consistency. Please keep that in mind when submitting.

I hope you enjoy this opportunity to experience the joy of writing with others.

Jack Horne
Whispers’ Collaborative Poetry Editor

November Activity--New! Individual Publication Opportunity--Hosted by Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)--The Netherlands

Dear Whispers' Friends,

Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)—The Netherlands, Activity Editor has a wonderful topic to share for the upcoming holiday season. One of her goals is to give writers of various levels a chance to share in her inspiring opportunity.  I'm so grateful that our talented friend is offering another opportunity to help us grow as writers.

Note--This will replace the former individual poem publication opportunity.  The poems will be published throughout the month as they are accepted for publication.  Please send a 5 line or less bio with your poem.  This is optional, but it is a nice way for readers to get to know poets that are published.  Only one notification will go out each month which you are welcome to share with your friends.  At this point each writer is eligible for publication each month.  Inge and I will adjust this if the volume is too much for one month.

From--Inge Wesdijk, Whispers' Activity Editor

Title:  Poetry Celebrations—10 lines or less

Subject: Gratitude


1)  To allow writers to explore ideas in a concise format and allow different voices to capture ideas without the restriction of styles.

2)  Present poetry with depth and insight to share with an international audience.

3)  Celebrate the gift of words to uplift people up in this climate of challenges.


To present a poem of 10 lines or less that is relevant for a global community

Please use the following format:

Author’s name and country
Bio--Five lines or less

Please share your poems with Inge for consideration for publication at Whispers--

Deadline: November 25  Accepted poetry will be published shortly after accepted.  This activity will replace individual poem publication.

Of note--Whispers does not publish profanity, erotica, violence or other derogatory writing.

Please stop by and thank Inge for bringing us together for this enjoyable activity.

It is a gift to have Inge share her talent and willingness to open Whispers for activity submissions that will be published as individual poems if accepted.  I hope all of you will appreciate her willingness to give our community a rebirth.


Karen O'Leary
Whispers' Editor

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Dear Whispers’ Friends,

It has been an exciting month with a total of 38 poems published.  Our journey together is made possible by those willing to share their gifts of words, leaving encouraging comments (greatly appreciated) and offering suggestions.

     Zachary DilksUnited States 
     Rajnish Mishra—India
     Sushminder jeet Kaur—India
     Jake Aller—United States
     Leslie DeLuca—Canada
     Kelvin Shachile--Kenya    
     Dr. T. Ashok Chakravarthy--India  
     Denis Waswa Barasa—Kenya
     Karuna Sharma—India
     Kariuki wa Nyamu--Kenya

Please stop by and congratulate them.  Thank you.

I would like to thank Jack Horne--England and Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)—The Netherlands for making it possible to share individual and collaborative opportunities at Whispers this Month. Please contact me if you have a new idea you would like to propose. It would be helpful if you would develop a brief plan on how it would work for our online journal as well as who you think should be heading the opportunity.

Best wishes to everyone in your writing journeys.  It’s good to see many of you published in other venues too. 


Karen O’Leary
Whispers’ Editor

Monday, October 30, 2017

Friendship--By Dr. Upma A. Sharma--India


Setting a hopeless day aglow,
Adding sparkles to a dark night.
Emotions and trust nurtured to grow,
As tranquil silvery pearls of moonlight;
Friendship sets the most dismal face bright.

Passion for poetry can enthuse anyone, Dr. Upma A. Sharma has proved this so well. A doctor by profession, she finds time from her busy schedule to satiate her appetite for words, words that rhyme with her heart. She feels that nothing in this world happens without a reason and so is poetry. A purposeful expression of emotions and thoughts and positive words certainly are a way to serenity.

The Marvels of Friendship--By Kariuki wa Nyamu--Kenya

The Marvels of Friendship

Fantastic friendship entails, listening to each other’s hearts,
enjoying each other’s company, being each other’s spring of joy,
shielding each other from shame, feeling each other’s ache,
accepting each other’s flaws,
believing in each other’s dreams, till Time’s End.

Kariuki wa Nyamu, a Kenyan poet, radio playwright, editor and educator, studied English, Literature and Education at Makerere University, Uganda. He is published widely both in print and online. He recently co-authored a Children’s poetry and short story anthology titled When Children Dare to Dream and won the Babishai Niwe 2017 Haiku Award.

Friendship... --By Karuna Sharma--India


Someone knocked the door when I was crying.
Pulled me up and taught me flying.
I asked, who are you?
He said…I am your friend and…
Your sorrows are mine.

Karuna Sharma is an Assistant professor at G.G.N. Khalsa College in Ludhiana, Punjab India.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Friends--By Mary Ricketson--United States


A friend eats cookies with you in the dark,
walks with you to waterfalls when it’s hot,
sits with you in times too hard for words,
comes to play when you are home,
and does not laugh when you fall down.

Mary Ricketson lives in the woods, grows vegetables and blueberries, works as a mental health counselor, and writes poetry to put it all together.  She lives in Murphy, North Carolina.

Jewel--By Denis Waswa Barasa--Kenya


Falling in and fading out
Finding fulfillment in flowery fellowship
Singing sweetness and scouring sourness
All in and with you, a pal, a jewel and a prize
What would I do without you, my friend!

Denis Waswa Barasa enjoys reading and writing poetry and literature. He is a teacher based in western Kenya.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Gift--By Peggy Dugan French--United States

The Gift

In good times & bad
The safe haven
That warms the heart always
Even on the darkest days

Peggy Dugan French is a California girl with Minnesota roots. She has been the editor of Shemom since 1997. She welcomes this opportunity to share her work with the Whispers readers and thanks Karen for starting such a wonderful shared space.

A Fascination--By Dr. Ashok T Chakravarthy--India

A Fascination

Friendship is an emotion
Drives away all dejection;
Like a shower on a hot day,
Like a glow on a dark way,
It enthralls us in every way.

Dr. Ashok T Chakravarthy is a poet and review writer hailing from India.  Composing poetry for the past 25 years, till date over 1600 poems have been published in various magazines, journals, anthologies, newspapers, e-zines etc., in nearly 100 countries.  He received wide acclaim for imparting themes on Universal Peace, Environmental Protection and Upholding of Children’s Rights through poetry.

The silent words--By Kevin Shachile--Kenya

The silent words

I find it so fit, funny and fresh,
That the silent words speak much louder in our case.
Just a glance stirs up our joy and passion.
A smile freshens up our moods and fate.
I promise you the best in our friendship quest.

Kevin Shachile is a 20 years old Kenyan born practicing poet, playwright, writer and actor. Currently a geography student at Maasai Mara University - Kenya.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Authenticity--By Leslie DeLuca--Canada


Ever flowing like a river hopefully yearning for peace continuously floats,
Transformative cascading waves of new found friendships soon to whirl
Cohesively, settling ever so gently into enormously deep, widening pools.
Hearts striving to merge within a sanctuary of exposure; Our vulnerability.
Bless a sea of humanity embracing each sacred, kindred spirits authenticity.

Leslie DeLuca thrives on a gratifying relationship with her longtime companions "books". Reading is her equilibrium restorer and writing has since become a renewed passion within past two years with poems published in 4 anthologies.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Best Friend in the Universe--By Jake Aller--United States

Best Friend in the Universe

I met my best friend, my soul mate, 
in a dream in high school
Eight years later she walked off a bus
and entered my life 35 years ago
Still, my best friend I ever had 

Jake Cosmos Aller grew up in Berkeley, California during the 70's.  He served in the Peace Corps in Korea then taught ESL, Government, and Asian studies before and after doing graduate work in Seattle.  He JOINED THE U.S. FOREIGN SERVICE, serving 27 years in ten countries.  He has been pursuing a career as a full-time writer since his retirement - over 100 poems and stories published.

The Ultimate Friend--By Sushminder jeet Kaur--India

The Ultimate Friend   
I feel Him the closest to me,
in all emotions, actions, and in every limb.
My bestower of peace, listener to my problems,
When all ignore, I feel engulfed with
His love: pure and serene.                                                                                                                       
An Associate Professor in the subject of English Literature, Sushminder jeet Kaur
is fond of writing poetry and short stories.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lifetime Friends--By Sara Kendrick--United States

Lifetime Friends

Kisses good earth
Friends for life since their birth
Their friendship for all eternity
With mirth

Sara Kendrick is a wife, mother, grandmother who enjoys writing about nature, daily happenings, and life in general.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Friendship--By Eleanor Michael--United States


A link forged
from shared memories
and shared interests
that time and distance
cannot erase.

Eleanor Michael has published poetry and short stories in a variety of venues.

Lux et Dulce--By Rajnish Mishra--India

Lux et Dulce

Full flowers five of friendship fill the nectar drops
in pitchers till, the drops that rise through
time's long tube to fill the bulging bellies of bees,
who then make from it some light, some sweet.
Ah, the flux, and how it works!

Rajnish Mishra is a poet, blogger, writer from Varanasi, India. He publishes PPP Ezine.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Real McCoy--By Suzanne Delaney--United States

The Real McCoy

You give more meaning to each day
Mirrored in your eyes, my joy at seeing you. 
We care and share in thoughtful ways,
the feeling’s, mutual between us two.
Our friendship is - the real McCoy

Suzanne Delaney, Hawaii, is a Retired Registered Nurse certified in Med/Surg. Since retiring she has participated in (online) poetry groups. She is originally from Australia but lived in the Hawaiian Islands for most of her adult life. Her poetry is a mixture from living between both Australia and Hawaii. Her poems are included in an Anthology A Bridge to ALL Nations.

Love--By Barabara Siekierski--United States

It can’t be bought or sold
More valuable than gold or silver
A friend is some who reaches
for your hand and touches your heart
There is no greater friend than Jesus

Barabara Siekierski is 64-year-old widow with a son that has autism. He goes to a day program for disabled adults 5 days a week.  He lives with her the rest of the time.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Heaven Sent--By Allan Ball--England

Heaven Sent

I never knew what love meant 
Until you came into my life 
Together now and forever
How wonderful the journey
From loneliness to paradise

Allan Ball has retired from a career in the banking & financial Industry. Writing is both peaceful & rewarding to him.  Fortunately, his poems have been published in various anthologies.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Across Time and Space--By Elizabeth Howard--United States

 Across Time and Space

When I move cross country, 
my college roommate,
friend for sixty years,
ships bulbs from her iris bed
to beautify my new ground.

Elizabeth Howard lives in Arlington, Tennessee.   Her work has appeared in Comstock ReviewBig MuddyAppalachian HeritageCold Mountain ReviewGreen Hills Literary Lantern, Still,Now & ThenSlant, and other journals.