Friday, August 12, 2016

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Mary Jo Balistreri and Michael Escoubas, United States

Witness

By Mary Jo Balistreri
and Michael Escoubas

As the storm comes
closer
the bent-limbed oaks
offer shelter
to fluttering finches,
yellow-slick feathers
curled into
golden balls
ornaments
of hope
in a deep-rumble sky

As the storm departs
farther
the mighty oaks
straighten
strain relieved
golden balls
uncurl, no less
the ornaments
they used to be
as the pearl moon rises
in a storm-washed sky.

14 comments:

  1. Wow, excellent, I love this creation, thanks for sharing it with us!

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  2. Mary Jo and Michael,
    This collaboration is fantastic! I loved it!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

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  3. Wow 2 I simply love this moving beautiful poem. It leaves with a sense of seeing and feeling the storm. Thanks

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  4. Such a beautiful collaboration! I love the birds. :)

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  5. Beautiful symmetry, images and words. Thank you to you both.

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  6. Lovely imagery, and thanks for sharing! I love "deep-rumble sky," "pearl moon," "storm-washed sky."

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  7. Dear Jo dear Michael and dear Karen thanks for sharing this finely crafted poem ,love and light,angelee

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  8. Beautiful imagery of the approach and departure of a storm. I love the descriptions
    of the changes in the trees, birds and skies. A lovely, simbiotic piece. Thank you for sharing. Sincerely, SuZ

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  9. This is very beautiful. I really loved this:

    the bent-limbed oaks
    offer shelter
    to fluttering finches

    It reminds me that however vulnerable we seem, we can still draw upon a reserve of strength to help those even less fortunate.

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  10. Thank you, dear Whispers friends.
    So pleased our collaboration brought joy to your worlds.
    This was a fun "riff" to write--Jo's lead poem is so strong--her sensitive insights are singular and special.

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  11. Your collaboration really touched me. Loved the picture you painted especially having just witnessed a very near scene out my window,a microburst I am thinking. Thank you for sharing your talents.
    Sincerely, Charlene

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  12. A beautiful poem from two beautiful and talented writers. What a delight to be able to enjoy such lovely words and imagery. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings to you both!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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  13. Thank you, Charlotte, for the following--

    Lovely poem, Jo and Michael! This is so evocative and rich in uncommon imagery.

    –Charlotte Digregorio

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