Painting pictures with words.
Opening a part of the soul.
Emotion flowing with the lines.
Tapestry skillfully woven.
Reflecting thoughts artfully.
Yearning to make a difference.
--Karen O'Leary--Whispers' Editor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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.
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
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.
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"
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--
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
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!
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
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
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.