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A Nice Little Win!

A wonderful email to open on a cloudy Wednesday morning: The winner of Penable's 2 poetry competition is.... Vanessa Shields!! Victoria Abah said, 'She brought the poem to life. Love the use of the mermaid and the description of crisp cold water. I know that feeling all too well.' Congratulations Vanessa! Here is what she… Continue reading A Nice Little Win!



[Because writing and reading are keeping me grounded in the wild madness that is swirling around us.] Part-Mermaid By vanessa shields I know I am part mermaid when I deep-dive into the crisp-cold water of lake erie my hands stacked my arms outstretched my torso curving to meet the gentle bends of the sandy bottom… Continue reading Part-Mermaid


the dustings – a poem about dreams

Submitted by Vanessa Shields Submitted to the dustings by Vanessa Shields the wind shows herself by leaning her shoulder on purple coneflower petals they receive her caress push deeper into earth spread roots like stories and so dreams lean into the soft shy underparts of our arms – a vulnerable garden made of skin… Continue reading the dustings – a poem about dreams

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Poem for a Contest & The Contest!

A blog reader sent me a link to a poetry contest he's having...deadline is on Tuesday! Because I'm hot to submit these days, I'm trying hard to say yes to entering things that show up in my life! Here's the link, if you'd like to enter too! how to submit: Submitting your great poems… Continue reading Poem for a Contest & The Contest!

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Dream Poet for Hire Marshall James Kavanaugh

While my family and I were in New York City in January, we visited Washington Square Park. It's a hot-spot for creatives, often the gathering place for buskers, musicians, wild fashion, weddings and serious games of chess. On this particular day, we had the pleasure of meeting poet Marshall James Kavanaugh aka '@DreamPoetForHire'. Marshall is… Continue reading Dream Poet for Hire Marshall James Kavanaugh

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Refine…and Enough-ness

March second today. Holy balls. I woke up and immediately started to hiccup. Like, deep-lift-your-whole-diaphragm-up kinda hiccups. Not sure what that means...except that maybe I need to remember to breathe more. The hiccups lasted for about fifteen minutes. After I got dressed, tidied my mouth and face, and laid out my work for the day,… Continue reading Refine…and Enough-ness