Friday, March 28, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Jack Horne, England and Jean Calkins, United States

Day and Night

by Jack Horne and Jean Calkins

Summer sun burns the Blue Ridge.
Under the canopy of leaves,
     forest denizens seek shade,
          take a deserved nap.
Twilight is the safe time for feeding.

Silence broken by
   cries of predators and prey
      in the woods at night.
         I am the only human
             and feel at one.

When Disaster Strikes--By Mary Kent--United States

When Disaster Strikes

How do we deal with a sudden loss?
With mixed emotions weighing down our heart's,
We scream, we cry, we wonder why!

How could this happen? Please Lord oh why?
Please give me strength to carry on and keep
the faith that makes me strong!

You have a reason for this I know!
One should not question,
But, it is hard to let go!

So take my hand and walk with me
to give me strength
to help set them free.

Mary Kent resides in the Pacific Northwest, a successful business woman. She is a wife and mother, blessed with a wonderful family. Mary is ever inspired and enriched by life and nature. She is dedicated to writing in her journal of poetry. She writes from her heart and soul, pleased to share her words with us.

The Face of the Beloved--A Ghazal of Mirza Ghalib (Translated by Sunil Uniyal)--India

The Face of the Beloved - A Ghazal of Mirza Ghalib
(Translated by Sunil Uniyal) ~

The face of the Beloved is a candle eternally glowing
The fire of His rose is life-water giving

To the literary masters, death means silence-
The candle flame highlights this in their gathering

The end of their story is hinted by its flame
The candle reminds us of those no more living

The longing of the moth comes to nought, O flame,
The candle's remorse is seen in your quivering

The thought of the Beloved makes the soul dance
As if the breeze of glory has a candle fluttering

Sunil Uniyal ( born 1953-) is a poet and translator based in New Delhi, India. He has been writing haiku and poems for over thirty years and many of these have appeared in e-journals like Muse India, Kritya, AHA Poetry, Poetica Magazine, Sketch Book, Notes From the Gean, A Hundred Gourds and Haiku Dreaming Australia. His work in translation includes, The Target is Behind the Sky -Fifty Poems of Kabir, brought out by the Low Price Publications, Delhi in February 2012.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Olivia and Emma--By Kristina Hooper--United States

Olivia and Emma

We did not want to leave so soon,
but Jesus called our name;
“Olivia and Emma, come,”
and then the angels came.

They gently took us by the hand,
they wiped away each tear;
They softly raised our bodies up,
erasing every fear.

God greeted us with open arms,
He placed us in His palm;
And oh, such beauty filled our souls,
His touch, a soothing balm.

Though grief assails, remember we
have seen His mighty throne;
we hear the angels praise and sing,
and we are not alone.

Kristina resides in Ormond Beach, Fl with her husband and three pets. She enjoys writing and spending time with her husband.

Jesus Christ--By Andrew Ntchindi Jere--Malawi

Jesus Christ

He carries me in his hands as his torch
to light the world with a touch,
also as a bait in his hook, for winning souls
and fishing them from the life of fouls.

With heavily feathered wings,
he covers me from the piercing cold
and parasite’s killings
as I travel on this infinite road.

Like a Kangaroo he pockets me inside his pouch,
I rest in it as my most comfortable couch,
with my head outside, I watch as he teaches me to be Christian fit
before I take his examples on my own feet.
He lights the below of the grass on which I crawl,
like it’s a space-coloured glass I clearly see below
the deadly traps at charge,
and safely I cross with a God-built bridge.

His is the only one with wings
that can fly me into my dream city, Paradise;
every Christian’s dream, where everyone beautifully sings
and forever lives there (as a righteousness prize).

Andrew Ntchindi Jere is a youthful Malawian poet. His poems have been extensively published in his country’s leading local newspapers, magazines and online publications. His poem, “The Charcoal Maker” was nominated in the 2013 Wisdom Dede Kamkondo Poetry Competition; the most prestigious Malawian poetry competition. He is a first year student at Mzuzu University, Malawi. He believes that God is his source of creativity.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When I See the Mountains--By Elizabeth Howard--United States

When I See the Mountains

  I will lift up my eyes to the hills,
      from whence cometh my help

                      Psalms 121:1

Sunrise over the ocean, we sit
on the balcony praising the glory
until the heat rises. Sand fleas,
sunburns, jellyfish, boisterous
crowds, a misery, this August.
Even the children are weary.
We head home early, miles
and miles of interstate,
the only view pine trees.

When we round a bend and see
mountains, misery flows away,
peace settles in my marrow.
I am home again,
my spirit comforted.

Elizabeth Howard lives in Crossville, Tennessee. She writes poetry and fiction. Her poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Big Muddy, Appalachian Heritage, Cold Mountain Review, Poem, Still, Mobius, Now & Then, Slant, and other journals.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Promise of Spring--By Elaine George--Canada

The Promise of Spring

Kiss you
While you sleep
Lady dressed in white
And melt your cold heart made of ice

Will rise
High into the sky
And fall as raindrops from God’s eyes

Buds below
Where now you will grow
With me - in the bloom of a rose

Born in New Brunswick, Elaine George spent the early years of her life living in Lorneville (a small fishing village along the Bay of Funday) still inhabited by many of her family members.  Much of her writing is inspired by the memories of that place and those wonderful people.  She has published two volumes of poetry and is currently writing a novel entitled Out of the Darkness.  Many of her poems and short stories have appeared in magazines in both Canada and the United States. Currently she lives with her husband in Wainfleet, Ontario.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cradle My Tears, Moon--By Nikko Palmario--Philippines

Cradle My Tears, Moon

The moon's bow beckons to me,
wind's frosty fingers
entwining mine,
and I lay myself on the balcony's ledge

immersing, losing myself
under that inky blanket sea

the clouds rolling past, so fast,
skimming like waves veiling moonlight,
then letting it peek through
like a shy bride

beautiful, so beautiful
a gentle glow of soul
a silent lullaby that rocks me

If only for a moment
I keep my cradle of tears at bay,
as I let the moon do the weeping for me.


Debussy's Clair de Lune
now mingles in my mind like soft smoke
and tears come streaming...
Tired, so tired am I.

Nikko Palmario is someone who enjoys dabbling with words and chocolate.

Windblown or…More--By Karen O'Leary--United States

Windblown or…More

grains left
blowing in
the wind become
chaff--part of the dust.
Reaped…refined, the kernels
blend into fine sifted flour,
nourishing, restoring mankind.
People, too, can drift in the breeze or
choose to join the whole, enriching the world.

Karen O'Leary is a freelance writer/editor from West Fargo, ND.  Her poetry, short stories, and articles have been published in a variety of venues.  She released her first book of poetry in 2011 called Whispers... published by A.P.F. Publisher.  Their second project, anthology of short verse, contains poetry from 73 talented writers from across the world and was released in 2012.  Karen is a member of The Writers and Poetry Alliance and the Haiku Society of America. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Limerick--By Arthur Ford--United States

Jimmy, as odd as can be
Was obsessed with brevity,
He always said, "fridge,"
Used only the abridged
And fished from his tub, not the sea.

Arthur C. Ford, Sr. is originally from New Orleans, LA., where he graduated from Southern University (S.U.N.O.). He studied Mathematics, Physics, Creative Writing (Poetry) and was a member of The Drama Society. He has traveled to 45 States, lived in Europe (Bruxelles, Belgium), and more recently spent 30 days doing missionary work and traveling throughout the country of India. He publishes a quarterly poetry newsletter entitled THE PEN(The Poetry Explosion Newsletter), and resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Poet's Soul--By Stacy Savage--United States

The Poet's Soul

A poem is expressions from the heart.
A poem is a painting of words
from the poet's imagination
to the blank canvas on paper.
The pen, a gateway
to endless possibilities.
It is the right of the poet to find
where his journey leads,
and he follows the path
without restrictions or guidance,
to create the work of art dwelling within.
Every poet has their own style
of telling their story.
Each poem -- like a snowflake.
There is no right or wrong way
to birth a poem.
Every poet's way of writing, different indeed,
but in the end, one thing is the same,
Each word is a stepping stone
that leads to the poet's soul.

Stacy Savage has published six books. Her most recent anthology, Naturally Yours: Poems and Short Stories about Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, benefits Indiana Natural Resources Foundation's "Discovering the Outdoors Fund.” Stacy believes in mixing poetry and good causes together. Visit her Facebook page to keep up-to-date on her poetry contests:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lower the Mat--By Cindy Evans--United States

Lower the Mat

Just as the friends in the Bible
lowered their friend on a mat through the roof,
may I be someone that takes you to Jesus
to do what only He can do.
May I place you in front of Him,
praying for your healing,
may I step out in faith for you
caring, lifting, bringing...
No place too high,
no time to be shy,
just to get you to Jesus,
may that be my heart's cry!

Cindy Evans is a published poet living in the greater Atlanta area. She does receptionist work for corporate offices as well as at non-for-profits. She is happily married to her husband, Mark, and they enjoy ferris wheels, lighthouses, Christian movies and walking trails.

Young Proposal--By Robert A. Dufresne--United States

Young Proposal

She lay slipping into slumber gently dreaming,
her tousled hair draped across her down pillow,
dwelling on the memory, her face beaming,
Of his proposal under the willow.

Kneeling at eternity’s edge, he paused,
his knees soiled and sweat on his brow,
not aware of the anxiety he caused,
as she awaited his solemn vow.

He but a poor lad, afraid he’d be denied,
with ring of tin foil he muffled his plea,
she, so joyful she cried.
No one could be as happy as she.

She crooned to her husband, “do you remember that time?”
Of course my love, he smiled. We were only nine….

Robert A. Dufresne was born in Vermont and raised on a dairy farm. After four years in the Navy and trying his hand at a couple of trades, he settled in as a self employed remodeling carpenter for 31 years. He and his wife moved to Florida in 1998, where he continued his career. He began writing poetry in 2009 .

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Changing Focus--By Charlene McCutcheon

Changing Focus

Every way wanting to get better and better.
She tried hard to live the law to the letter.
Knowing well His laws were right and good,
Something was missing or not understood.

Trying to overcome a weakness of the flesh,
Negativity she found, kept her from her best.
She was not able to conquer it with her will,
Nor with sheer determination, the law fulfill.

What is my problem she asked o're and o're.
That I'm not able to reach the distant shore?
Success she wanted now, not to be delayed.
Not my will but thine, she fervently prayed.

A vision of a puzzle piece came to her mind.
Thoughts came with it. "Love you must find;
Pray with your heart for the gift of Charity.
Then obey from your heart; you will be free."

In one moment in time; one taste of His love
Was like receiving manna from Heaven above.
She'd finally found the ‘peace’ that was missing.
Focused on Charity, she'd now be succeeding.

Charlene McCutcheon is a 73 year old, wife, mother of seven, grandmother of thirty and great-grandmother of 14. She has just discovered her voice through poetry within the last few years. Her former ways of expression have been through the media of arts and crafts. Her desire to share herself with others for their benefit has been the motivating factor in all her endeavors. She loves life, work, play and most of all people.

All Things Beautiful--By Robert L. Hinshaw--United States

All Things Beautiful

When growing up on the farm even at 'round the age of three,
I began to notice simple, yet beautiful things that surrounded me.
Strange though it seems, I found beauty in grumpy bumble bees,
And was fascinated by the gold and crimson robes that clad the autumn trees!

Golden fields of grain undulating in the breeze was a beauty to behold,
As were luscious apples ripening on laden trees in hues of red and gold.
Green fields of corn that were to provide roasting ears bye and bye,
Were crowned with bronzed, dancing tassels reaching for the sky.

I saw beauty in the gamboling of a newborn baby calf,
And the antics of squealing piglets that really made me laugh!
I caressed fluffy yellow baby chicks with my youthful paws.
Though the threat of the fussy mother hen at times gave me pause.

I captured elusive lightning bugs on languid summer nights,
And thrilled at the eerie beauty of the awesome Northern Lights!
I saw magnificent displays of lightning as it flashed across the prairies,
And delighted at the sight of golden eagles preening in their aeries.

I caressed the peonies my Mother grew glistening in the morning dew,
And savored the freshness of new-mown hay that my Father grew.
Though I'm in the autumn of my life, in all things beautiful and bright,
That The Creator in his munificence provides, I still take delight!

Robert L. Hinshaw served 30 years in the Air Force retiring in 1978 in the grade of Chief Master Sergeant. He began writing poetry in 2002 at age 72 and has composed over 1100 poems.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Poet of the Month--Maurice J. Reynolds

The Wave 

By Maurice J. Reynolds

The wave begins to form,
rising higher and higher
until it reaches its peak.

I watch in awe as it howls
in the wind,
ready to make a great impact.

It moves swiftly,
but begins to transcend,
decreasing little by little
until all that’s left of the
mighty wave comes gliding
onto the shore, kissing the tips
of my toes and then
the entirety of my feet.

So peaceful….
Ready to experience
it all again.

From the editor--It is an honor to announce that Maurice Reynolds is March’s Poet of the Month.  A talented writer and the editor of Creative Inspirations, Maurice’s poems are enjoyed by Whispers’ readers.  He is an uplifting voice in our poetry community, leaving thoughtful comments that contributors appreciate.  Maurice has promoted our online journal by advertising the site in both his magazine and at his To God be the Glory! Publications website.  It is a pleasure to present him with this award.

Thoughts on “The Wave”--I was immediately impressed with Maurice’s poem the first time I read it.  I selected it from Whispers’ archives to share with you again because of its impact.  Maurice’s use of personification gives the wave a human-like quality that allows the reader to identify with the experience.  The imagery and action help the verse to live.  The poem challenges people to look for meaning in our surroundings and truly find that peace.

Congratulations and thank you Maurice!  I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.


Karen O’Leary, Editor

Freedom to Do Wrong--By Suzanne Delaney--United States

Freedom to Do Wrong

A prisoner hung himself in his cell.
He could not live without freedom.

How cruel jail seems! How hard
to endure confinement.

If there were a hypothetical way
to divide wrong doers from law abiders,
as payment for crime
they could go through a high wall
to that land of thieves and murderers
not be locked away but segregated,

Put into a free world of their own kind,
never to prey on the weak, or good, again
but to deal with the uncertainty
of someone like themselves
committing cruel deeds
when they themselves
were unsuspecting.

Suzanne Delaney is a retired Registered Nurse. A resident of Hawaii, USA she was born in Tasmania. She now has time to pursue her passion for writing poetry, creating collages and for traveling.

Friday, March 14, 2014

crossword puzzle...--By Poppy Herrin--United States

crossword puzzle
a c r o s s
spaces between us
words cannot fill

Poppy Herrin is married to the love of her life Jason, and together they have four daughters and one grandson. She is originally from Laurel, Mississippi, but recently relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By day she makes a living as a medical transcriptionist, and by night she works toward living the dream as a writer. Her poems have appeared in many publications and have received various contest awards.

Good Friendship--By Patricia Ann Farnsworth-Simpson--Canary Islands

Good Friendship

Good friends are wonderful that is true
Openly supporting you in all you do
Offering to be there whenever there's need
Deliberately nurturing the friendship’s seed!

Fondly helping you through your pain
Remaining with you till well again
Inspiring you with words to help you through
Every hurting emotion that may trouble you!
Naturally enjoying it when they see you smile
Dreaming with you also, once in a while
Staying close even when far away
Happily thinking of you day by day,
Investing in you time, thoughts and love
Praying with you to God above!

Patricia Ann Farnsworth-Simpson is a coal miner’s daughter, the only girl among 6 lads.
A young mother to a son, she became a widow before she turned 18.  Patricia, then, married her childhood sweetheart who fathered her lovely son and two wonderful daughters.  Her children encouraged her to pursue her own talents.  After 51 years of marriage, she became a widow again recently.  She fills her time with poetry, helping others whenever she can.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

April--By Janet Vick--United States


As gypsy winds ensnare the inner child
with jasmine blossoms scenting up the air
and spring’s inspiring rebirth...nature’s wild
awakening, replenishing what’s bare.
Azalea smiles in colors, lilacs peak
while inner child is laughing, full of glee.
Each day a new discovery to seek
around the country edges growing free.
Yet dusty pollen layers budding leaves,
encoded sinuses respond in kind.
The beauty, allergies and Kleenex sleeves
for sneezes, teary eyes but hopeful mind.
So little pill from heaven do your stuff,
desensitize the pollen’s sneezy snuff.

Janet lives in rural Suffolk, Virginia with her husband, Randy. She loves the fresh air and space of country living. She works as a Registered Nurse in surgery. She is a mother of one and grandmother of two.

Triumph with Christ--By Christina R. Jussaume--United States

Triumph with Christ

Fear not any outcome
The Lord will guide your steps
Chaos may be around
Read Bible trusting faith
You are on firmest ground

Fear not any outcome
End is known by our Lord
Panic not but give trust
He watches from above
He does what’s best for us

Fear not any outcome
Trust and act with belief
He has equipped for all
Victory will be soon
Soon in life you’ll stand tall

Fear not any outcome
Purpose is behind all
He’s the most important thread
Walk in faith throughout life
Trust in good plan ahead

Christina R. Jussaume is a Christian Author of 9 poetry books. She has had many poems published in anthologies and fundraisers. She has won many awards for her poetry including Best Spiritual Poetry award from Her first book, My Walk with Jesus, received this award and began her journey toward fulfillment as a Style Tutor now on the Alliance of Poets. All of her books except the first book were published by

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Kathryn Collins, United States and Terry O'Leary, France

Only I Decide My Fate

By Kathryn Collins and Terry O'Leary

At times when I am dark and deep
joy but flickering dim,
I upon the portal keep
stilled like phantom limb.

Braced by winter's welkin wind,
distant clouds unfold,
where once the roar of laughter dinned
I taste the burning cold.

Stood in life's predicament
immobile on the sill,
I wait for grand encouragement,
to warm this awful chill.

Stranded in the winter bleak,
with breezes bitter blown
slicing like the sleet oblique
I find myself alone

If frozen at the brink I stand,
persist in stagnant stall,
my feet will melt to silken sand.
gone my soul, my all.

Domestic Scene--By David Austin--United States

Domestic Scene

by the alley
paint bare and splintered
this leaning    green fence
inside    safe in their garden
two old women chattering

David Austin is professional violinist and teacher, who communicates through poetry. He has played with the Cincinnati Symphony, taught at Colorado College and various public schools. He is a published author, who has been writing poetry and novels for over 40 years. His pride and joy is a shelter in which he feeds and cares for animals.  David is a member of Poetry Soup.

Thoughts and Feelings--By Jean Calkins--United States

Thoughts and Feelings

Love hurts.
If that is your motto,
that is the kind of relationship
you will create.

Love heals.
Believe it, and you will create
excitement, enthusiasm.
You will decide to love all,
once you learn to love yourself.

The choice is yours.
Which do you believe?
Which will you claim?
If the beliefs you hold
are no longer your choice,
you have the power
to change them.

Desire, imagine, expect: Create.

Jean, at 80, has been writing poems since she was 18. For 25 years she published a popular poetry quarterly of up to 100 pages, with a subscribership of nearly 500. Illness in 1986 ended the magazine. She currently publishes, by email, a 2-page monthly of clean humor. Contact her at

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

From City To Rusticity--By Ndaba Sibanda--Saudi Arabia

From City To Rusticity

They sought to escape
the distractions of a busy life,
the bustles and hustles of the city;
Then they packed their bags, off they
went with their wondering cats and dogs
to the remotest of villages where they hoped
to become farmers of simplicity  and tranquility.

Ndaba Sibanda is a Zimbabwean-born writer. His poems, essays and
short stories have been published in Africa and the USA. Ndaba
currently lives and teaches in Saudi Arabia. Of his career, he
says, "writing is my life, and my second wife".

In Troubled Dreams--By Tim Ryerson--United States

In Troubled Dreams

Abandoned in the fifties after the war
A freight elevator stuck between floors
Obsolete machinery, splintered old chairs
In a warehouse in Newark, New Jersey somewhere

Dead air presses down, stifling and thick
Something still dwells behind one of those bricks
Curled up in a ball, it waits for me there
In a warehouse in Newark, New Jersey somewhere

A musty gray vapor that whispers my name
It seeps through the wall and creeps to my brain
It sighs and it groans as my soul is laid bare
In a warehouse in Newark, New Jersey somewhere

It mumbles and moans and drones of ancient tombs
Of claustrophobic closets and dim, hollow rooms
I cry out for help, echoes answer my prayer
In a warehouse in Newark, New Jersey somewhere

The ghost of my lonely, my lost and alone
My hopeless and helpless, my can't go back home
It's looking at me now with a dull, vacant stare
In a warehouse in Newark, New Jersey somewhere

Tim Ryerson is a published poet from Ponchatoula, Louisiana who retired from the printing business in 2011. He began writing in the 80’s but did not take it seriously until 2001 after the untimely death of his then 21 year old son. He does not have a ‘signature style’ but prefers writing different forms of poetry. Many of his poems use southern slang and Cajun dialect. He also enjoys writing humorous poems, especially limericks and senryu and was among the winners in the latest Humor Press writing contest with his entry “Emergency Rooms Just KILL me.”

Monday, March 10, 2014

Evening Ballet--By Joann Grisetti--United States

Evening Ballet

we begin our dance
you brush, I wash my face
you floss, I brush
and so on until we finish,
the last pirouette into the bed

this choreography
designed and rewritten
over four decades
a practiced and perfected
pas de deux

tonight I flounder
for my partner I have
a mere reflection
from an unreliable mirror
showing an old woman

she cannot be truth
for I am nineteen –
always nineteen in your eyes –
as you are twenty in mine
at least, until I closed them

Joann Grisetti has been writing for 45 years. She is a retired teacher from Florida. She receives encouragement from her daughter and has recently enrolled in a creative writing workshop. She is a member of Poetry Soup. You can read more of her poetry there.

Shopping Wars--by Peter Dome--United Kingdom

Shopping Wars

Phew! I survived!
It's crazy out there.
Just came back from town,
and it's been hell I swear.
Had to battle through the crowds
and frenzied throng.
Just about to grab a tin of sardines for
dinner tomorrow
and woosh! It's gone!

The weathers freezing
and someone's sneezing
all over you
with the flu.

''A a a achooooooooo!!!!!!!.''

Hi, my name is Pete. I live in Sheffield, U.K. I hope you enjoy my poems. I look forward to reading yours. My best wishes. Pete.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A St. Paddy’s Day Kyrielle--By Andrea Dietrich--United States

A St. Paddy’s Day Kyrielle

St. Paddy’s Day has come. At dawn,
Wake up and put a smile on!
The birds are whistling cheerily
This day of green, a day for glee.

The time has come for conjuring
The start of something sweet. . . Like spring!
So be footloose and fancy free
This day of green, a day for glee.

Go out and find a verdant place
And let the sunshine touch your face.
Relax; enjoy the scenery
This day of green, a day for glee.

A child’s soul inside you thrives.
Unloose it, and when night arrives,
Be ready for a jubilee
This day of green, a day for glee!

Then bring your favorite friends along
To laugh and dance and sing a song.
You’ll wish that life could always be
This day of green, a day for glee!

Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and six grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry.

Stages--By Richard Sponaugle--United States


One dawn the chocolate night will melt;
I’ll rise not to inhale Hellish flames,
but the baptized rug where I’d knelt,
and begged God to cleanse my nightmares.
Parlous painful reflections fought back,
tears won’t stream down my ashen face.
My heart will smile just a crack,
and my battered body will rise in place.
Each AM starts with infant steps.
Glacial improvements my daily goal,
achieved through tedious reps;
some day my shattered soul shall be whole.

Richard Sponaugle was born 4-20-60 in Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia.  He received a BA from George Mason University.  A prolific poet and songwriter, he has been published in many venues. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dandelions for Mommy--By Joe Flach--United States

Dandelions for Mommy

Most think of this as a weed and don’t consider it a flower,
But I watched my young son gather dandelions for an hour.
“They are so pretty and yellow, I am picking them just for her.
Mommy will love them so much because they’re her favorite color.”

He squats and he picks each one near the bottom of the stem,
Then stares and examines it; they each look different to him.
He sniffs in wonderment, carrying each gift over to hand to me,
And adds it to the pile of glory he will present to his Mommy.

The dandelions are everywhere, scattered throughout the park;
He could continue to pick each one until the skies all grow dark.
Most people would say the grounds were terribly cared for,
But to my son, a more fantastic garden he’d never seen before.

The time came for us to go, though he didn’t want to stop;
We gathered up his beautiful flowers, over twenty in the lot.
So happy and yet so sad he walked up to his Mommy proud and brave,
And laid down his gift of love; his bouquet upon her grave.

Joe Flach is an amateur poet living in Gig Harbor, WA. Joe has been writing poetry, short stories and song lyrics his entire life but has only recently found the courage to share some of his work with others through internet websites and his own Poetry Facebook Page – “Poems, Lyrics and Stuff by an Average Joe”. As a professional consultant working in the fields of crisis management and disaster recovery, Joe uses has writing as a form of stress release and an opportunity to expand his horizons. Joe is a father of four children who he often relies on as a source for inspiration.

The Visa to England--By Jack Horne--England

The Visa to England

A quirk of fate (or punishment),
And years of love were thrown away;
You left my arms, removed your ring,
And, I, the fool, begged you to stay.
My heartfelt words had no effect;
Your lover called and off you ran;
Bereft, I wept, alone, confused:
You’d said I’d always be your man.
I curse the cruelest fluke that meant
You broke your vows and broke my heart;
Perhaps it’s fate: our love was doomed;
Or Eros laughed and aimed a dart.
But as the bitter tears subside,
I nod my head: our love has died.

Jack Horne enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Carolyn Devonshire and Tim Ryerson--United States

Vietnam's Unwelcome Heroes

By Carolyn Devonshire and Tim Ryerson

We gave Johnny a gun and a uniform
Trained him to kill, in a regiment conform
Sent him deep into Vietnam jungles warm
With little regard to how we did him harm

So certain we knew what we joined to fight for
We were shipped off to fight an unwinnable war
A war of "containment," unlike those before
Mothers screamed, fathers wept, siblings ached to the core

By parachute dropped to a ghastly death scene
Johnny ached for the life left behind, so serene
His family, fiancé did not know what war means
Especially the haunting of lost children's screams

Those of us who survived thought we'd just done our jobs
We returned and were shamed by violent gobs
Of silver-spoon rich kids in hate-spewing mobs
Spat-on and welcomed as baby-killer slobs

No heroes welcome would await these young men
No ticker-tape parades were staged for them
Just jeers from crowds, uncaring government
Greeted the lonely Vietnam Veteran

Too classy and noble to demand our fair share
We lay in that shabby old hospital there
In a closet-sized room with no visitors' chair
Understaffed, under funded, with short-handed care

The "benefits" they found would astound all now
And it leaves one to wonder how our hallowed ground
Would be filled with unnamed graves of men once proud
Before the rows of white crosses we should bow

Our Wailing-Wall stands now in Washington, D.C.
So shiny but black, a telling-tale of the fee
We have paid for our nation, our land of the free
Will you come pay respects? Will you not at last see?

Some veterans still suffer disgraceful neglect
So please explain who more deserves our respect
Let us pause with angelic choirs and genuflect
To show gratitude as on this Wall we reflect

Only I Decide My Fate--By Kathryn McLoughlin Collins--United States

Only I Decide My Fate

At times when I am dark and deep
joy but flickering dim,
I upon the portal keep
stilled like phantom limb.

Stood in life’s predicament
immobile on the sill,
I wait for grand encouragement,
to warm this awful chill.

If frozen at the brink I stand,
persist in stagnant stall,
my feet will melt to silken sand.
gone my soul, my all.

Born in 1945, Kathryn Collins is a native New Yorker now living in Connecticut whose works have been described as “a gentle sort of poetry” by the editor of her first book No Need for Breadcrumbs, published by BeWrite Books, 2004. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies. Inspired by her beloved grandmother, she developed a great love of poetry at an early age and has been writing for 20 years.

A Loving Bond--By Christine Tate--United States

A Loving Bond

Children love to cuddle
and bounce on daddy's knee,
curl up on his lap
and hug him tenderly.
Those are special times
when spoken words are few,
because a loving bond exists
just between the two!

There's no exchange of gifts,
nothing takes the place,
of precious little moments
two are locked in their embrace.

What daddy wouldn't love
with arms open wide,
a child who longs to hug
and snuggle by his side!
Now imagine how delighted
our Heavenly Father would be,
if all His children longed
to linger at His knee...

Christine Tate lives in New Jersey. She is the mother of three married sons and has eight grandchildren. She started writing inspirational poetry in 1994, and is blessed to encourage others and honor the Lord. She was widowed in 2007 and met her new husband Artie, a widower, in the nursing facility where their late mothers resided. They've been happily married for 2 1/2 years. Since neither of them ever expected to marry again, they consider it a "divine appt."

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Whoa Girl"--By Marcus Omer--United States

"Whoa Girl"

There was once a cowgirl named Lynn
with bow-legs from her thigh to her shin.
Those legs had so grown
she'd never get thrown,
but like a top 'round the horse she'd spin.

Marcus Omer got serious about writing after he retired in 1997. He draws his inspiration from the many emotions we experience in life. He has published Of Sunshine and Clouds with iUniverse and The Winding Road with Shadow Poetry. He’s also published in Snippets, The Magic of Words and several issues of Golden Words.

Joy & Pain--By Maurice J. Reynolds--United States

Joy & Pain

Cool breeze caressing your skin,
Soft, lovely hair blowing in the wind.
Running, laughing, playing with your friends,
The good times, when the fun never ends.
The joy of remembering how it was yesterday,
The pain of knowing those days have gone away.

Thoughts of success flowing through your mind,
Rings of doubt, wondering are they a waste of time.
Working hard to obtain an honest livin’,
Pot-holes and obstacles so you take what is given.
Once there was joy….when all worked together from the start,
Now there is pain watching ignorance tear us apart.

Smile when hoping we will all come together,
Frown then thinking can we withstand the weather.
Dreams of the clock ticking at a pleasant rate,
Reality of wondering have we already sealed our fate.
The pain of seeing our world drift astray,
The joy of knowing that our Lord and Savior is on His way.

Maurice J. Reynolds is a freelance writer who has had material published in various publications.  He is the owner of To God be the Glory! Publications, a literary ministry that produces the poetry publication Creative Inspirations.  More information can be found at:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Beth Winchcombe and Jack Horne--England

Weather Beaten

By Beth Winchcombe and Jack Horne

Storm clouds gathered
long before the parting
of the ways!
Grief sets in later!
Those tears I shed,
our love long dead.
Had I ever REALLY known HIM -
or just the facade he’d erected ?
I wonder whether cloud nine
will ever become mine?
Bright as a morning sunrise.
Fresh as morning dew.
That’s how I thought of you!
Floods of tears
through stormy years,
like metal turns to rust;
ashes turned to dust.
Weather changes by the hour.
Arc of a rainbow forms a shower.

First, lightning sparks of cruel words,
then came the floods of tears.
The icy silence, chilly glares
and gloomy jealous fears.
The sunny days, when love was young,
became a howling storm.
Her face a frozen mask of hate,
when once her smile was warm.
I thought the love she felt for me
was like a summer day:
the bluest sky without a cloud,
but now the sky is grey.
Her heart a waste of arctic snow,
my words will never thaw.
The love we had is hail and sleet
and perished in the squall.

Beyond My Back Door--By Barbara Siekierski--United States

Beyond My Back Door

White clouds dot
the ocean blue sky,
hanging by a thread.
Flowers, like the color
of a rainbow, sprout
along green grass.
Trees showing their buds
awake from a winter’s nap.
Birds sing in chorus,
inviting me to join them.
I come home from the park,
leaving the world behind,
only a memory of this day.

Barbara Siekierski is a writer from Swarthmore, PA.

Haiku--By Robert Epstein--United States

dog park
she points out the one
with the wagging heart

my first sunrise her text

backyard baking
the 4 year old's brown cake
grittier than mom's

in tears
walking down the aisle with her
Home Depot
sweeter than
the cafe fruit salad
her golden delicious smile

Robert Epstein is a licensed psychologist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has edited several anthologies: The Breath of Surrender: A Collection of Recovery-Oriented Haiku; Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness; and The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change; as well as two books of haiku: Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku; and A Walk Around Spring Lake: Haiku.  He is currently editing another anthology, The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, due to be released in 2014.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Realization--By Ranu Uniyal--India


You who might have been in love with ten odd women
But without any pangs of shame held on to her
Like a wild orchid that is tight-shut in a five feet old Egyptian vase
It is a man of skill who fights when half the pulse is gone

No matter what they say and how they do
You have become one with the shadows of memories
They are there in plenty not as lilies that have lost its smell
Spruced and full of light refusing to go with time

Where is the chrysalis that has shaped my knowledge?
When my own flesh has been in the company of strangers
How is it that I speak with such confidence only of you
One who was never mystified by my absence?

Ranu Uniyal lives in Lucknow, India. Poetry keeps her going and is as much a part of her life as her love for humanity. She is a Professor of English at Lucknow University. She has two books of poems: Across the Divide and December Poems to her credit.

You Are Not Alone--By Lisa DeVinney--United States

You Are Not Alone

When you opened your eyes this morn,
Was it with anxious thoughts of what’s ahead?
God’s Word says not to worry, but
To cast all of your cares on Him, instead.

He may not change the circumstance,
For it may be a time for you to grow.
But He’ll supply sufficient grace
And strength beyond yourself, so you will know

How much He loves and cares for you
Despite the trials that tend to weigh you down.
For trials make opportunities
To see God’s awesome love and grace abound.

So as you start this brand new day,
Come cast those worries at your Father’s throne.
And listen to Him whisper that
He’s there for you, and you are not alone.

Lisa DeVinney is a homemaker and mother of six in upstate New York. She enjoys photography and writing devotional poetry in her spare time.  Lisa is the author of several books, including a devotional entitled I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes. She also maintains her own website at

Monday, March 3, 2014

Drifting Apart--By Carolyn Devonshire--United States

Drifting Apart

different drumbeats
separate lives

he inhales the wind's song
a static cling to yesterday
held in his heart until his melody fades

life, love, hope circle the drain
aging realist at one with his pain

love’s last aria
a melancholy oboe resigns with setting sun
when two are no longer one

the chasm widens between haunting roars
ceremonial drums on opposite shores

A Florida writer, Carolyn enjoys writing humor but also receives inspiration from nature and people who touch her life. She has enjoyed co-writing with other poets and finds that both writers grow when they share their thoughts. She has spent most of her life as a reporter and a writer for magazines.

Beautiful Goodbye--By Sandra Stefanowich--Canada

Beautiful Goodbye

One lasting look
into the fire of the setting sun
floating adrift on a placid lake of blue.
Words weaved on a warm breeze
a single rose drops to the ground,
invisible footsteps lead away
from a beautiful goodbye.

Sandra Stefanowich is from Ontario.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Robert Hewett Sr. and Sheri Stanley--United States

Grandma Lee’s Star Angels

By Robert Hewett Sr. and Sheri Stanley

(This poem/song is dedicated to Leokadia Durmaj of Australia,
a great poet and a greater grandma)

O, dearest Lord, please let me have just one more day
I dream to hold this new blessing on its way
Please let me breathe these precious moments of living
Leaving pure memories of joy that I’ll be giving

Sweet little one laying upon Grandma’s chest
Light as a feather here together as you rest
Close those sweet, sleepy eyes, be at peace
In my arms all worries will cease


Dear, precious one so trusting and so warm
My Star Angels will keep you from harm
Little angel in comfort and love, sweet dreams
My sweet song will bring you moonbeams

Editors note--Leokadia is a contributor of Whispers

Power of Love--By Anne R. C. Neale--United States

Power of Love

Love can start with a little smile
Or of seeing something you like,
That smile can slip into your heart ,
It can grow all day and all night.

Then Love takes bloom into you Soul
And love grasps the beats of your heart,
The Power of Love embeds in your Spirit
And flourishes over you as it did from the start.

God 's love is the most powerful of all! that's true
But your love is as strong as can be,
True love will last forever you know
Love was and is created by He

Love can start with a little smile ,
It can grow all day and all night,
The power of true love is immeasurable you see ,
True love lasts forever that is Right.

Anne R. C. Neale is 85 years old.  She taught outdoor education for 20 years.  Anne still works at school as crossing guard.   She has sent six free poems daily to 165 people for the past 18 years. She been writing poems since the age of 8 and has all of them in albums.  She resides in New Jersey .

A Beautiful Tapestry of Colours--By Leokadia Durmaj--Australia

A Beautiful Tapestry of Colours

A beautiful picture woven in majestic colours
A visual art on display by its transcending tapestry,
Creation so breathtaking, heaven in all its glory I see
A masterpiece that takes your breath away,
I stand in awe of all its beauty.

Only love can capture such a treasured moment,
And touch the beauty of our heart and soul ~
Awakening our senses to feel the depth within,
For creation is life and it is never ending,
Each part opens to a beautiful dream.

Do stop awhile to enjoy this mesmerising view,
Feel the peace and love flowing through your body,
Let it touch the spirit that resonates in your soul ~
Only then, will you find the love that is eternal,
As each colour blends into this majestic view.

Leokadia Durmaj is a published writer from Australia.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Etched Glass of Symbols--By Rhoda Galgiani--United States

Etched Glass of Symbols

Magic swirls within the view of one's eye
as delicate ribbons twist and turn elegantly,
eyes that seek truth above and beyond the filters
beyond the camouflage, beyond their hidden hues

Mysteries engulf the mind as the waves send
messages fulfilling the desires of the invader,
penetrating the private hollows of the hidden
as brilliant mental images lost - rise

Mentally saturated by images of depth
showered by the invasion of a brains space,
our electric vision overtakes their moments
creating our own etched glass of symbols

May we question, what we have seen
as we intrude upon another souls mind,
hidden secrets or shallowly hidden grief?
No I say, hidden glory of life that is to be –

as an invasive mind is silenced

Rhoda Galgiani is a published Poet and Author of two books, Expressions from the Inside Out and No Snow for Johnny, A Child’s Story. Rhoda is a retired senior that delights in maintaining her own website entitled Expressions Poetry Journal, established in 2009, which is dedicated to the world of poetry and the love of animals. You may view her work on her website at

Each Silky Stroke, A Sonnet--By Sheri Stanley--United States

Each Silky Stroke, A Sonnet

Each silky stroke my brush offers to thee
As foolishly thy laughter tears my heart
My palette daubed in colors setting free
Where thorns painfully pierced as teardrops start
In mockery and as the poet sings
I close my eyes and haunted by thy face
Though callously carefree thy laughter stings
Intimately my brush begins to trace
Thy likeness reaches out on canvas white
Highlighting taunting shadows in my fears
Painfully pressing as my strokes ignite
My grieving, blending penetrating tears

And as the vibrant canvas comes to be
Ignites the pain, stroking reality

Sheri is an artist, song writer and poet. She is also a graphic and digital book illustrator. A citizen of the United States she enjoys golf and music and quiet evenings at home with her much cherished family.  Her website is



            Sabrina West--United States
            Zona Rowand Lawrence--United States
            David Williams--England
            Robert P. Hansen--United States
            Rene F. Dufresne--In Memory--United States
            Chen-ou Liu--Canada
            Joe Maverick--England

Please welcome them to our community.  We now have representatives from the following countries--Australia, Botswana, Canada, Canary Islands, England, France, Germany, India, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Wales.  I look forward to expanding this list in the future. Thank you to everyone that has supported Whispers in any way.                                                                                                       --Sincerely,  Karen

We have a world wide audience. If you are currently reading Whispers, please consider submitting a poem for consideration. You may contact Karen at for guidelines. Thank you.


David Williams has released three new poetry books called No Longer Searching, Somewhere A Life and Fragments. More information regarding the books are available at

Brian Strand's latest ebook in his unique & original phrasis verse series RETROSPECTIVE (verse about the creative impulse in twelve parts) is now available in Amazon's kindle books.

Rhoda Galgiani released Expressions From the Inside Out, a book of poetry in 2011. Rhoda's second book is a child's story entitled No Snow for Johnny in 2012. Both books are published by APF Publisher. They have received good reviews and is available online at and (search book titles or author's name at the appropriate website) or contact Rhoda at:

Carolyn Devonshire, Sandra Stefanowich and Jack Horne announce the release of their collaboration poetry book, Shades of Darkness and Light. This book is currently available from, price $2.50

Jack Horne announces the release of his debut novel, A Ghost Hunt: a paranormal romance. This book is currently available from, price $3.99

John W. (Bill) Williams published a science fiction book that he also illustrated called The Dream Hill.  To order copies from Xlibris Company call 1-888-795-4274 or go to  The website provides sample pages of the book for interested readers.


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Maurice J. Reynolds, the editor of the poetry publication Creative Inspirations, is seeking poetry 20 lines or less for his print magazine. Complete guidelines are available at  Stamps or cash donations would be appreciated to help with mailing costs.

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