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
my body all ears, my mind a pair of grasping hands.
For a heart pleading to be heard,
bequeathing grace through the darkened hours.
Crossing the difficult boundaries
between resistance and submission, she calls -
With knowledge from another world, afloat upon
the secret it harbors, cast upon waves unknown.
Symbols embrace her message,
caressing her insight with tender allure -
We share her love, sight unseen, taming our fear,
spoken within our blood and skin;
Colors breeze into our hearts and shed light
on the love we’ve raised from great depths -
Words spoken within the hot breath of spirit,
bringing us to the shores of home;
Among the folklore that abounds,
legends become truth and truth promises life -
Epiphanies that are like draping curtains,
pulling back to reveal the world of my dreams.
Justine Johnston Hemmestad is a mother of seven, grandmother
of one, currently earning her Master's Degree in English Literature. Her
novella called Truth be Told and novel called Visions of a Dream are
available at Amazon; she's also included in Chicken Soup for the
Soul, ''Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries."
Aid Dreams, visions in the night, God's parables: when interpreted with the help of the Lord, give instruction and guidance. Or else no clear understanding of the symbols can be deciphered. Bizarre dreams are not insignificant!
Writing is for me a way to express myself, some make music,
others paint and I write.
Poetry has a lot in common with music and paintings, lyrics
can be very poetical, and you only have to look at the subtitle of Whispers “Painting pictures with words”
to see the connection with visual arts.
Whispers is a
place for all who treasure the beauty of poetry, sharing and caring about the
wonderful world of words.
What I love about poetry are the different styles writers
compose their work, every little pearl of the mind is shown in a unique
personal setting. I really look forward reading the precious valuables of our
my thoughts are
an ongoing stream of
till words are formed
into a composition
of peaceful harmony
a poem is born
I wish the Whispers' Family happy
writing; don't worry about the writer's block.
Sometimes your muse needs a short time-out, don't force her, she always returns
as long as you stay positive.
It is a pleasure to share Whispers’ first interview with you. Isha
Wagner is an accomplished poet from New Zealand who has been contributing her
insightful poetry for our online journal since 2013. She has been an
international traveler, connecting with others that embrace the gift of words.
Her writing conveys cultures, allowing us to travel with her.
Thank you, Isha, for sharing
your thoughts for this interview…
Isha--I was born in
Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. I am fifth generation New
Zealander of Scottish/English heritage.
Karen--How would you describe
Isha--I am a traveler,
traveling over the world from a young age.
Karen--Why do you write?
Isha--Perhaps to express an
idea and perhaps, more importantly, to communicate with others...always a deep
desire to write in words something one wants to express in the written word.
Karen--How did your interest
in poetry begin?
Isha--I recall sitting on a
park bench when about seven years old saying to myself--I will
be a writer and that stayed in my mind. So, I began to write little
poems, but these were not accepted well so I stopped and decided to wait till I
was an adult. (Editor's thoughts--It is so sad that people can't
celebrate and encourage young writers. I hope if anyone knows of a young writer
that the Whispers community can celebrate, please email me at
Karen--Have you any preferred
style of poetry you like to write in?
Isha--I prefer to write
freely. When writing rhymed poetry, it always seems to me to be contrived
and somewhat false or pretentious. And yet I know this is not so in
reality, it's simply as I see it. I just write as I write without--as I
see it--without restriction.
Karen--If you could make a
wish and have it come true what would it be?
Isha--This is difficult to
answer as each day I have a different wish: I could say there is not one
specific wish I wish for. Today, writing these few words, my wish is to
live forever. And, tomorrow I may wish I had never been born!
Yesterday, I wished for a disease-free world. As said, one has varied
Karen--If you had a chance to
live your life again, what would you change?
Isha--I would change my
thought processes, have a clearer, sharper mind, become all-knowing and
probably go into the sciences and study physics.
Karen--What final words would
you like to say to the reader?
Isha--Write as if your life
depends on it which in a sense it does. Despite little praise or words of
encouragement, there is a degree of satisfaction especially when you look back
at your earlier work and think did I write that? There is, after all,
much comfort to be derived from putting your thoughts and ideas that spring up
spontaneously - into written poetry. And you will never know how much
pleasure and even meaning you can give to others' lives.
Karen—In closing, Isha’s
poetry has been celebrated and appreciated at Whispers. She encourages others with her insightful comments for
them. We reach out--we cross borders--we grow. I will let Isha’s poem and bio share
the rest of this column. Thank you so much, Isha, for this interview.
Birthday at Tatum Park
a chilly August windless blue
and the elegantly served
of Earl Grey and English
with silver pots and fine
gladden the eyes glazed with
and distracts the minds from
later we walk amongst the
statues of trees
planted by settlers over a
the camera in my hands awaits
the face of a child of
seventy-five this day
pinched, wrinkled, thinning
bright white hair
with aloof but thick knowing
lens pointed to immortalise
please, she says gently,
I look so different from how
her remark astounds me
I put the camera away and
leave this moment alone
Isha Wagner is a New Zealand
poet. She has resided in many countries including Iceland, Libya, India, and
Australia. She read some of her work at the VIII International Poetry Festival
held in Granada, Nicaragua, in February 2012. She has had three collections of
In an effort to
increase opportunities for contributors and other writers, Whispers is
continuing the opportunity for collaborative poetry. Two or more writers
may collaborate to submit poems for consideration to be featured at Whispers. At least one writer must
be a current contributor.
of unpublished and previously published work are acceptable. 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. It is up to the
authors to obtain permission if needed for reprints. By submitting
to Whispers, the writers are assuring that the work is their
own. Whispers reserves the right to delete any work that
has been copied from other writers without credit or authorization.
2. Send one
poem 40 lines or less written in one form.
features will be in addition to the regular submission opportunities. Any
writer submitting for a feature will still be able to submit a single author
poems per Poetry Submission Guidelines. All authors of the poems submitted
must provide consent for publication.
profanity, erotica, violence or other derogatory writing will be accepted.
5. Whispers reserves
the right to select poetry based on the goal stated at the end of the
poetry is welcomed but the editor would like to have a variety of pieces that
will uplift and inspire readers. Humor is appreciated.
7. Poetry will
be published along the left margin for consistency. Please keep that in
mind when submitting.
method of submission is to send poetry as a works document or in the body of an
email with your name and country. Please email your submission to Karen
O’Leary at karenoleary1956@gmailcomYou may email
her with any questions you may have.
9. I hope you
also participate by commenting on others’ writing.
In this challenging
time for many, it is the hope that Whispers will connect
people in a way that is supportive, encouraging and inspiring to others.
Thank you for considering being a part of this community.
Thank you for considering Whispers
for a place to share your writing. The guidelines follow—Limit one submission of one poem or one
series as below per month unless requested by editor.
1. Submissions of unpublished
and previously published work are acceptable. 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. It is
up to the author to obtain permission if needed for reprints. By submitting to Whispers,
the writer is assuring that the work is his or her own. Whispers
reserves the right to delete any work that has been copied from anther writer
without credit or authorization.
2. Send one of the three
---1 poem 20 lines or less
---up to 5 haiku/senryu (please make sure to clearly
identify that separate poems
are being submitted)
---up to 3 tanka (see above)
---for people that are not poets, 1 short paragraph of
encouragement will be
Writers are eligible for Individual publication no more than once per month. We will not be sending out eligibility announcements
to individuals. Please email your poems to Inge Wesdijk
(Daginne Aignend) at--
The Whispers’ staff will determine how many poems we can publish per
month. Once that number is reached, poems will be considered for the next
3. You may include a bio of 50
words or less written in third person style.
4. No profanity, erotica,
violence or other derogatory writing will be accepted.
5. Whispers reserves
the right to select poetry based on the goal stated at the end of the
6. Spiritual poetry is
welcomed but the editor would like to have a variety of pieces that will uplift
and inspire readers. Humor is appreciated.
7. Children’s poetry is appreciated. Parent permission is required. Please
email firstname.lastname@example.org before
sending. The first publication of anyone under the age of 18 will be published
as a Special Feature.
8. Poetry will be published
along the left margin for consistency. Please keep that in mind when
9. Preferred method of
submission is to send poetry as a word document or in the body of an email with
your name and country. You may email Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend)
10. We hope you also
participate by commenting on others’ writing.
In this challenging time for
many, it is the hope that Whispers will connect people in a way that is
supportive, encouraging and inspiring to others. It is a privilege to have Inge Wesdijk—a talented
writer and editor—share her talents and time to provide this opportunity. Thank you all for considering
being a part of this community.
As we start this new year, our Whispers’ team is looking forward to
offering a wide variety of Activity Poem Invitations that we hope you will
enjoy. Our first for the new year is…
Brevette, created by Emily Romano consists of a subject (noun),
verb, and object (noun), in this exact order. The verb should show an ongoing
action. This is done by spacing out the letters in the verb.”—from Shadow Poetry.
writing in a minimalist way, giving writers a chance to clear clutter from
their writing. 2.Present
poetry with depth and insight to share with an international audience
To present poems using three words that are relevant for a global community.
In closing 2017, it was fun cherishing Archived Poems from
2013-2017 and celebrate so many talent poets we have journeyed with. Though the
only new submissions published in December were Collaborative Features, we
still had the pleasure of publishing one new writer
Sharon Weimer—United States
Please take time to welcome her. Our poetry family now
includes writers from Albania, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Canary
Islands, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore,
Spain, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, U.A.E.,
United Kingdom, United States, Wales and Zimbabwe.
In continuing with the archive spirit, the rest of this
column (with slight edits) is from—
July 31, 2016—It is
a chance to share life experiences—our joys…our pain—and hopefully make a
difference. Our words span beyond borders with the opportunity to give us
a greater understanding of this time of turmoil and pain.
fingers reaching beyond
angry voices and steel curtains
Let us begin a new
season of love and understanding. Many of you are shining lights in the
writing community. It is a pleasure to read your words here and in other
venues. Thank you, all, for making Whispers possible.
from a window to another
how they enter in my room
between you and me
from a jasmine to another
a dewdrop ...
I hold all seven colours
in my palm
Kapoor Nagpal is an internationally
published author of 6 books so far, and her winning stories are now part of
international anthologies. She writes inspirational content for corporate
newsletters, websites, blogs and print publications. Her inspirational poems
touch every area of a person's life. She enjoys writing Haiku and Tanka as
well. Visit her Amazon Author Profile to know more about her.