Sunday, September 20, 2009

Poem of the Week

Sunday at the Temple

The rain fell that Sunday afternoon
outside the temple where the eternal flame burned bright
the tiny hallway where red leather covered books were kept
saw a cat snoozing in a pool of light
the guardian of the temple
who kept mice away
and always received a portion of meat
shared by the priest
who always looked after her
when she was not greeting the worshipers who
came every week.

Copyright 2009, Julie Kovacs.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Introducing William Allingham

I was first introduced to Allingham's poetry when I was very young. Some of his works appear in "The Magic Casement" but he has also written poems for adults, too, not just children. Born in Ireland in 1824 (some sources say 1828) he wrote delightful poems like "The Fairies", "The Leprechaun", and "Twilight Voices." This is poetry for the individual who loves delving into the world of fantasy and magic. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do. His poetry can be read at Project Gutenberg:

Sixteen Poems, William Allingham

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Silver Blade Poetry Publication

"Landing on Island #2" is up! Silver Blade did a great job coordinating the background with my poem. Enjoy, everyone, and thank you for all of your support!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Poem of the Week


A Night at Camp

The campfire crackled as we lay
outside our tents on woven straw mats
watching the white moths flitter in and out
dancing like they were in a ballroom
our entertainment after our supper of
hotdogs and French fries
with cupcakes for dessert.

A river birch stood behind the fire
the colors of the bark showing brightly
in orange, pink, and lavender
while the leaves gently blew in the breeze.

I laid against your chest wondering if this
could be our outdoor castle
far away from everything else
at one with each other
in our own paradise.

Copyright 2009 Julie Kovacs. Not to be reproduced without permission from the author.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Magic Casement

"The Magic Casement" was one of my favorite poetry books as a child. Edited by Alfred Noyes, this book contained all kinds of poems pertaining to the world of enchantment: fairies, pixies, magic, goblins, and whatnot. Authors include: Shakespeare, John Lyly, Michael Drayton, Sir Walter Scott, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Matthew Arnold, plus many more. The cover of the book was red with a beautiful gold design, including gold edging which was common on books during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, when this was first published. The original printing is hard to find - I bought my copy at a used library book sale - but the good news is the book can be read online. Click on the link below to read the text of "The Magic Casement":

The Magic Casement

I hope all of my readers enjoy one of my personal favorites!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Silver Blade Poetry publication

A heads up to all of my regular poetry readers: I will have a poem published in Silver Blade, Issue 4. The poem's title is "Landing on Island #2." I am delighted that Silver Blade chose to publish this one since I have had it in my files for awhile now. A very big thank you to all of my supporters!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Poem of the Week

Let Me Dream

When we first met you were a stranger
it took a long time for love to grow
once in full blossom it seemed to not
remain that way but grow fuller each year

the immortal plant living between heaven and earth
floating endlessly on the waters where there is nothing
to think about while having the moonlight dancing
off our bodies as we lay upon a sandbar
surrounded by dancing porpoises
singing from a far off land
by the time we awaken the next morning
we are back home
where we were before
lying on the grassy hill
overlooking fields of wandflowers, bluebells, and lupines.

Copyright 2009. Not to be reproduced without permission from the author.