Monday, October 7, 2013

Monarch at Midnight--By Jim Rasmusson--United States

Monarch at Midnight

Exhausted from a hectic day
I walked outside in disarray.
And there upon a blooming rose
a golden Monarch did repose.

I felt my energy return
and gone was worry and concern.
I thought about our chrysalis
that opened with a single kiss.

James began writing in the 1960’s and immediately showed a love for seasonal, humorous, and philosophical poetry. In the late 70’s, he became an ardent photographer and soon found that the two artistic mediums cross pollinated each other. West Michigan is an art Mecca with over 100 galleries and art camps with Jim residing in the lovely coastal town of Holland, Michigan. A practitioner of Surat Shabd Yoga since 1972, his art is an expression of his lifetime love affair with nature and his quest for truth. James is the winner of many awards in both photography and poetry including the 2005 Shadow Poetry 5th biannual chapbook competition. The artist says he likes to underscore the abstract and tease the mind and be ever alert for juxtapositions that express irony, absurdity, and poignancy, desiring for people to feel both tension and resolution in his compositions.


  1. Nice poem, James. Very artistic and meaningful. I think there are a lot of people who can relate to having "a hectic day," but settling down upon seeing the beauty that often eludes us when we are so consumed with life. If you get a chance, please stop by my website and consider submitting some poetry to Creative Inspirations. Blessings!

  2. Dear Jim -

    It is so wonderful to read your poetry again. Funny how a surprise piece of life can turn it around and to know another will come shortly.