Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Friends--By Zachary Dilks--United States

My Friends

My friends are distant faces
Like shadows on the moon
When comes the day
They go away
And always go too soon

Zachary Dilks is a poet and writer from Austin, TX. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kindred Spirits--By Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)--The Netherlands

Kindred Spirits

Your words,
crystal sparkles
dissipating my mind's clouds,
as our thoughts meet in an
implicit understanding

Inge Wesdijk is a Dutch writer, poetess, and photographic artist who works under the pseudonym Daginne Aignend. She likes hard rock music and fantasy books. She is a vegetarian and spends a lot of time with her animals.

Goodwill Everywhere--By Gerald Heyder--United States

Goodwill Everywhere

What a challenge in this world
for goodness, peace and harmony
to share, yes goodwill everywhere.
The Almighty shows us how to care
and let Eden return forevermore.

Gerald Heyder loves to write as well as draw cartoons. He also enjoys vintage movies, TV shows and oldies music.  He once served a hitch in the military. His favorite subject is history. “That’s it!”

Love and Poetry...By Richard Sponaugle--United States

Love and Poetry...

are unique and beautiful.
Countries and cultures clash,
values and economic systems vary,
but love and poetry survive--
because both are timeless

A prolific poet and songwriter, Richard Sponaugle has been published (and rejected.)  He was born on April 20, 1960 in Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia.  He has a BA from George Mason University.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Team Theme Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)--The Netherlands and Karen O’Leary—United States

vivid colors

By Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)—The Netherlands 
and Karen O’Leary—United States

by a fragile
aesthetic light
the emanation
of spiritual

the strength
born of love
in rainbows,
softly caressed
without judgment
the seed grows

the inner beauty
of friendship

A Blessing--By Paul Callus--Malta

A Blessing

we share
the same garden
of friendship
where flowers and weeds grow.

Paul Callus is a Maltese author who writes both in Maltese and English. He has contributed to several anthologies. Apart from poetry he writes lyrics for songs and has published two books, one a story book aimed at children (related to his experience as a teacher) and a historical book based on research.

A friend in need--By Richard Carl Subber--United States

A friend in need

My friend was bowed, burdened by vain struggle,
I lent my arm, offered understanding,
   we affirmed the lonely joy of striving.
I stood by him as he sought to rise
and take a firming step.
Richard Carl Subber is a poet, a freelance copy editor, a writing mentor, and a historian.  He writes free verse and haiku to indulge his love of the right words. Rick’s first collection of poems, Writing Rainbows: Poems for Grown-Ups, is for sale on Amazon and available free in Kindle Unlimited.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Eternal Order--By Stefanie Bennett--Australia

Eternal Order

... Because you once wore
my life in your eyes
I’ve learned the difference
between love
and hunger.

Stefanie Bennett has written several volumes of poetry, a novel and a libretto. She's born in Australia.

The Miracle of Friendship--By James Keane--United States

The Miracle of Friendship

unfolds when two souls,
without even trying, find
goodness, in each other’s
hearts, that never fails
to keep their spirits flying.

James Keane is a poet residing in northern New Jersey USA. By age 13, he had managed to live in a couple of New York towns; a couple of New Jersey towns; Caracas, Venezuela; and Milan, Italy. His lifelong interest in poetry was sparked in high school by a recording of Dylan Thomas not so much reciting as proclaiming “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” to a very appreciative audience.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Catnapping--By Mary Gunn--Ireland


Each day
the wee black cat
gets in beside the dog – 
they have an hour's snooze together... 
cat leaves
Mary Gunn is a writer from Ireland who has been writing haiku, tanka and other forms of poetry for a few years. Her writing has been published in journals and magazines in Ireland and overseas. One of her haiku received an Honourable Mention in the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival International Haiku Invitational.

Best Friends--Tom Davis--United States

Best Friends 

We were young once
and tasted the sweet freedom of youth.
Sure that the world was ours;

Too soon, Johnny
taken away from me by a sick heart.

Tom Davis’s has been published in many literary (online) journals. He’s authored the following books: The Life and Times of Rip Jackson, A children’s coloring book, Pickaberry Pig’s First Day of School, The Patrol Order; and an action adventure novel, The R-complex. Tom has recently completed his memoir. He lives in Webster, North Carolina.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Joining Hands--By Caryl Calsyn--By United States

Joining Hands

The haters march, their voice is heard.
The non-prejudiced, who have no voice,

can reach out as friends, in quiet ways,
until their love speaks louder than hate,

and their joined hands keep hate away.

Caryl Calsyn has been a writer most of her life. She began to write poetry almost exclusively about 7 or 8 years ago.  In 2012, she decided to see if she could get some published and succeeded on her first try!  Caryl has had 117 publications in 10 different magazines. She is President of the Highland Lakes Writers’ Club, sings with her church choir and another choral group, is a member of the county historical commission and other history committees. She also restored her 1892 house.

Best Friends--By Jack Horne--England

Best Friends

I'll always be your friend,
no matter what you do,
I'm with you till the end;
an ally staunch and true -
on this, you can depend.

Jack Horne enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Editor's Thoughts--Together...--By Karen O'Leary--United States

Dear Whispers’ Friends,

It is an up and down rollercoaster ride with my health these last few weeks.  It is part of my life with chronic illness.  I treasure my Whispers’ friends.  If I don’t get back to you as soon as I have in the past, I hope you will understand.

I would like to thank Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend) who has provided us with activities for September and October, Caryl Calsyn for giving us the opportunity to share some thoughts on the writing in September, and for Jack Horne who has brought collaborative writing back to our online journal this month.  As we move forward, there are new opportunities to explore.  I hope more of you will consider sharing articles. thoughts, and other ideas that weren’t possible to explore in the limited submission based journal of the past. 


Thank you to Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend) for accepting this poem for the October Activity/Individual Poem publication opportunity on friendship—


floats on silver
wings~~fluttering with joy
in the kinship of whispering
our words

By Karen O'Leary


What a joy to share the gift of writing with you.  May you continue travel with friends at our online journal.

Blessings always,

Karen O’Leary
Whispers’ Editor

My Sweetheart--By Charlene McCutcheon--United States

My Sweetheart

and confidant
happy, loving, on the spot
a helping hand

Charlene McCutcheon is a 78-year-old wife and mother of seven, grandmother of 30, great grandmother of 20. She lives in Manti, Utah. She loves life and people.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cowboy's Friend--By Barbara Tate--United States

Cowboy's Friend 

There's no better show than a sunset
                  you know
Nope, there's no better sight to see
the heaven's afire and I never tire
waiting for what may be.
Barbara Tate is an award-winning artist and writer.  A member of the Haiku Society of America her work has been published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Santa Fe Literary Review, The Heron's Nest & Failed Haiku among many others.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Team Theme Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Gert Knop--Germany and Jack Horne--England

Autumn Dreams 

By Gert Knop--Germany and Jack Horne--England

Dreams of the forest where oaks stand,
with blackened branches, wet from dew.
leaves glare with living gold.
Silence in the woods, only a soft breeze,
the chirping of birds,
playing their games under the canopy.
The undergrowth, abundantly covered
with moss and fallen leaves,
slows down my footsteps, let me listen.

A walk at dawn:
my footsteps crunching on the fallen leaves
and birdsong break the silence;
my breath smoking,
like the light covering of hoar frost;
shafts of light peer between the trees,
as leaves continue to rain down.
I meet a fox, a pheasant in its mouth;
it turns back and is gone in a heartbeat,
and, smiling, I continue on my way.

Friendship--By David Fox--United States


Friends are someone on who you can depend
For advice when asked
Or money to spend
Friends are a true treasure
They can be a source of pure pleasure!

David edits the magazine, The Poet's Art. For info about submitting and submissions fee, contact David by postal mail: 171 Silverleaf Lane, Islandia, NY 11749, U.S.A.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

As seen on Mars--By James Marshall Goff--United States

As seen on Mars

Hands on the clock-face
Assume conclusions we ignore

Time is measured only in

Smiles, lingering long past

Closing time

James Marshall Goff brings a fresh voice from Minnesota, from the crashing waves of Lake Superior, to the drumbeat in his heart for social justice. His wish is for the reader to feel free to float above his poems, joining him in a dance of possibilities, celebrating the joy of love.

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Joyful Round--By Gert W. Knop--Germany

A Joyful Round

I remember it well,
as it once was.
We children so tightly connected,
spent many hours in a joyful round
by adults never detected.

Gert W. Knop was born in 1943, studied arts and tropical agriculture and is now living in Zittau, Germany. He writes poetry and short stories in German, English and Spanish.

The Theme Team--Collaborative Feature 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.

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  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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Making A Friend--By Anne Curran--New Zealand

Making A Friend

she stays close to me
talks, laughs, smiles,
and pokes me until
I can no longer resist
her wooing to friendship

Anne Curran is a Hamiltonian and New Zealander. She writes in awe and admiration of all those Japanese verse poets and editors who have encouraged her on this journey.  Anne has been writing poetry for the last ten years or so. She has good days and bad, but somehow with the support of family and friends keeps on keeping on.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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

Dear Whispers' Friends,

It was such a joy to read all the wonderful activity poems published in September at Whispers with a variety of views from our talented writing community.

Netherlands' Writer and Editor, Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend), has agreed to host October's activity too. 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 sharing more of her time to help us grow as writers.

Note--This will replace the former individual poem publication opportunity.  The poems will be published through out 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: "5" line poetry celebrations"

Subject: Friendship


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 5 lines 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: October 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.

The information is also available at Whispers'.  

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.  I hope all of you will appreciate her willingness to give our community a rebirth.


Karen O'Leary
Whispers' Editor

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Liberty...--Hosted by Inge Wesdijk--(DaginneAignend)--The Netherlands

Dear Whispers’ Friends,

Thank you for sharing your words for the September activity.  I really appreciate all the time Inge Wesdijk put into this wonderful column.  She opens the door for a variety of views, one that gives us a chance to pause and reflect about the idea of liberty…especially in the context of “anything goes” versus moral responsibility.  I have missed our writing family, your light and your encouragement of others.

We don’t have control of the sands of time. And sometimes, we may feel a bit adrift, the title of Jim Teeters opening poem.  As writers, we do have a chance to embrace the lonely, uplift the down trodden and shine a light in our international community.


Karen O’Leary
Whispers’ Editor


I am anchored to nothing but the wind
passing aimlessly beneath a pale sky
a lone seagull dances the expanse

I float toward the shallows
seaweed sways, encircles my legs
then lets me go waving goodbye

Jim Teeters, United States


They provide cool shade for all who pass
Without regard for race or class.
Their strength and beauty they freely share
With people in nations everywhere.
Noble teachers are these steadfast trees
That exemplify true liberty.

Molly Moore, United States

A Joyful Dance

Birds of Paradise,
those lovely colourful gems
high up in the Jacaranda.
Can still hear their mating call
Their brilliant plumage,
a fluttering feast of splendour

Gert W. Knop, Germany

In Pursuit of Liberty

When I see our flag
a surge of freedom penetrates
my soul with grateful memories
of brave men and women
who gave their lives
in pursuit of liberty

John W. (Bill) Williams, United States

Hand me a hammer

This lightening sky pulls my eye
   upward from newly darkening earth,
too many gulfs, too few bridges…
I will build one bridge today,
I welcome this lightening sky
   to ease my work.

Richard Carl Subber, United States

Sweet Charity

There’s a door
In the floor
Of heaven,
And it’s made
Of silk
That sighs.

Stefanie Bennett, Australia

Weathering Storms

Earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis!
Being saved brings me to grateful knees.
But do I wait for rescue from a flood
Before I'll bow my knee in gratitude?
Gratitude rescues me from spiritual death!
Sometimes I foolishly reject "living breath"?

Charlene McCutcheon, United States


Archons give rules and freedom both at once.
Breath in and then you must let go your breath.
Chains keep some locked up, climbers safely linked.
"Depend": a word for slaves or friends in need.
Events can be controlled or not, with help.
Freedom is not yet liberty, not yet.

David Leslie, United States

Meteor Shower

My eyes above nightfall
Equal to any streaking point of light
My spirit is free to journey without limit
To the destination my soul inspires
Without end

James Marshall Goff, United States


This is the world in which we live
we all must share and that means to give,
terra firma could be a star
if we were diamonds to glitter afar.
Love, compassion and truth would exist
if all earth’s people would simply persist.

Gerald Heyder, United States


He left the confines of his cell,
and sniffed the morning air,
he squinted upwards at the sky,
the sunshine on his hair,
he turned to view the jail and vowed,
"I won't go back in there."

Jack Horne, England

World wide free expression

Every where people should be free
Say as they will in expression spree
Spreading love all around in victory
With no fear or hate troubling any
Just a people writing in cause of we
United, we plan in a world of plenty

Yancy Lee Dalton, United States

We Need Friends

Feeling free
is a necessity.
Whether a dinosaur
is at our door
or a current enemy,
we all need help.

Eleanor Michael, United States

Praying for Peace

Forward thinking staying the course
Applying logic instead of force
Taking heed of good advice
Diplomacy works it's nice to be nice
Calming fear relieving tension
Peace in North Korea, no armed intervention

Allan Ball, England

The Right to Grow

Liberty is the right to grow,
to push out beyond our roots,
no matter how pinched and needy, 
no matter color, sex, or traditions,
         to cultivate the person
that makes the world a better place.

Elizabeth Howard, USA

Liberty City

About a half mile inside the city we turn around.
It was just a joke, there's nothing good downtown.
We've work to do, tillen the crops and seedlings abound.
Take some time, smell the fresh air, help a friend with a frown.
Liberty City folks are free, be who you want to be, all is sound.
They don't want folks like us around, so I made a u-turn out of town.

Constance Escobar, United States

I Am Privileged

I have the power of choice
able to respect your opinion
while being free to express mine
without fear, pressure or deceit
I am at liberty
to live and let live.

Paul Callus, Malta

Global (acrostic)

One and all
Both equally
Allowing us to be individual in the
Lord's name.

David Fox, United States


That world
adults discover—
certainties of
black and white.

Joan Leotta, United States


Some earthly time ago it was clear
Shadow free, glitteringly alive
Filling the head with extravagance
Without need to complete or empty
Reaching a zenith .... then slow decline
Now, but the memory while I'm in captivity.

Isha Wagner
New Zealand

Land of Liberty

The Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore,
Yellowstone, Yosemite, Carlsbad,
Denali, the Everglades, Great Lakes,
Smoky Mountains, white sand beaches

--spirits of the earth sing
  their welcoming song

Barbara Tate, United States

Lamp of Welcome

In the United States,
we have a Statue of Liberty.

She asks the tired, poor,
and huddled masses to come.

Now some say, douse the lamp,
and send the immigrants home.

Caryl Calsyn, United States

Polishing and flourishing process

I wish every soul could thrive
Wherever it seeks to dine and live
Everyone desires humanity's pat
I wish l could listen to the diversity
Of songs whose lyrics define and refine
Dignity and generosity into divine pebbles

Ndaba Sibanda, Zimbabwe. 

The Bee

I found a bee upon a stone today
While sitting in the shade a palm tree away
Through wings that were translucent and as fragile
As a pair of ghosts who shimmer through
The haunted halls of dreams I saw myself.
What better place than Earth to rest one’s wings?

By John Polselli, United States

A Lyrical Swell

Starlight stirs my coffee
the moon a soft croissant
new tidal ebb in accession
impassioned lyrical swells.
biscuits await on the doily
August eclipse a memory.

Ken Allan Dronsfield, United States

A cherita (untitled)


is not always valued
when we have it

but is much-desired
when we're deprived of it . . .
a world in need of care not warfare

Mary Gunn, Ireland


side by side
in good times
and bad
united together…

Peggy Dugan French, United States

Basking in Liberty

with lilies
in a field of dreams…
free from clutter, spreading my wings

Karen O'Leary, United States


No time pressure
False expectations
Empty promises
Time to

Inge Wesdijk (DaginneAignend), The Netherlands

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Whispers’ Guest Editors--Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)--The Netherlands and Caryl Calsyn--The United States

Dear Whispers' Friends,

It is such a pleasure to share with you our first two guest activity/columnists in an effort to provide words that matter in a global outreach. This new version of Whispers gives us an international format for sharing the gift of words. I chose a poem previously published at Whispers in their honor.  I'm deeply grateful for their contributions.

I hope many of our past contributors will join us in this new view.  I wish all of you the best always. Keep you candles burning brightly!



Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)--September 2017 Activity Editor

The old lady's wisdom

Morning dew, wandering through the city
A lonely passenger, trying to clear my head
Suddenly the invigorating scent of coffee
The appetizing aroma of fresh baked bread
A voice, inviting me friendly
Girl, why do you look so sad
Come over and sit down here with me
My coffee is the best you ever had
She smiles, the wrinkled old lady
When you are refreshed and well fed
You will expel your melancholy
And treasure every day's joy instead

Inge Wesdijk is a Dutch writer, poetess, and photographic artist who works under the pseudonym Daginne Aignend. She likes hard rock music and fantasy books. She is a vegetarian and spends a lot of time with her animals.


Caryl Calsyn—September Columnist/Thoughts to Ponder

The Golden Door

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to be free, the retched refuse of your
teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-
tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
(as it appears on the Statue of Liberty, by Emma Lazarus)

I am an immigrant. You are an immigrant.
Whether coming to America in recent times
or many generations before, we all came from
other lands. Only a few are Native Americans.

There is an indignant underground and above
ground cry that we should allow no more
immigrants to touch this country’s shores.

Advocates propose that man's humanity to man end.

The tired, the poor, and tempest-tossed, if these
advocates have their way, would find the lamp
extinguished and a closed and locked Golden Door.

Caryl Calsyn is a retired interior designer and currently serves as the President of the Highland Lakes Writers’ Club.  She serves on history related boards and sings in a church choir and a chorale.  She is a widow and has two sons living, one deceased and feels blessed with grandchildren.  She loves writing poetry and still finds it amazing that 113 have been published at Whispers, Creative Inspirations, Westward Quarterly, The Storyteller, The Oak and other publications.