Life is made up of threads. Threads of memory, threads of hope. Of thoughts, friends, and energy. And how each of us is taught. Everything we are, everything we think, everything we aspire to become… is a thread, not only in our lives, but connected and part of everyone and everything else. And taken into a bigger context, we are actually just patterns in an even greater weaving. Each facet of our life is woven into this world we call our reality.
“The little girl inside of Javelin Hardy has matured into a beautiful, powerful woman capable of healing others using her personal experience and training in her therapeutic profession. And what more of a blessing it will be as this collection of poems, The Girl Inside Me, goes further out into the world and touches the lives of so many more.” —Kimberly Robinson Green,
THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE CHICKADEE:
The philosopher scattered grains of wisdom
Abroad for his local birds.
The finch and the siskin ignored them,
But the chickadee thought, Why not?
The philosopher saw her later by the pond.
“I was infused with knowledge,” she said,
“About the world and beyond,
But I couldn’t fly.”
I’ll dance with you / Across your dream, wear / My big old heart on my sleeve. / I’m looking for the dream / I had when I was young. / Now, I’m broken, unsteady. / Limping west / On Highway 99 with you / My only sunshine. / I see you in the shadows, / Believe I can wait forever / For one more dance, one more dream, / One more call.
“The mostly true stories in the first section of this book are reasonably accurate, although in several cases the truth has been rubber-banded. Interspersed are short stories composed entirely of lies. Plus, I’ve sprinkled in a few poems because poetry slows us down, forcing us to take time to ponder. Pondering seems to be in short supply these days.”
“Captured Reflections” is a collection of true and fictional short stories, a one-act play, a fairy tale, and poetry. The true stories recount memories of the devastating 1964 Alaskan Earthquake, Christmas traditions, the mystical side effects of macular degeneration, and old dogs. Fictional characters tackle miscommunication, misperceptions, and the unintended consequences of withholding information. Joan’s poetry explores haiku, limerick, pantoum, sestina, sonnet, rhyme, and free verse.
“Monochords,” by Yannis Ritsos, is a book of one-line poems, which he said should do three things: 1) be a poem in itself, 2) be the start of a longer poem, and, 3) reflect something of importance to the poet. I decided to try a few. After writing a set of 20, I decided to try another 20. That grew to 100, and then 180. And then 365. This book is the result. My interest was to master the form and say something of interest to the reader. Thank you all for looking into these. —Tom Hogan