Worth scaling any height ~ American Sentence

Worth scaling any height, comfort found in kinship is no small matter.

A threefold trio of tiny people arrived today, from good friend and artist Claudia McGill, and Rose couldn’t be happier. It’s hard to believe that Rose has been with me for three years. I know she appreciates having some friends from her home world. Claudia is such a creative artist, and it’s an honor to have her tiny people in our home. Thank you, Claudia.

Age-Old Tears

Age-Old Tears

Her tears
May seem to dry
To the unseeing eye
Grieving mother’s souls know only

Is powerless
Holds no sway
Tears dry not with

The Descent from the Cross_Rogier van der Weyden_Prado

This is my response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry challenge #6: Cinquain
Cinquain – a five line poem formatted with:
– a syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2, or
– a word count of 1-2-3-4-1, with the second & third lines as descriptors,
the fourth line an emotion and the fifth line a synonym
or reflection of the first line
I have incorporated both formats into my poem.

Image source: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain
The Descent from the Cross (Deposition of Christ), by Rogier van der Weyden
I first wrote a poem inspired by this evocative painting six year ago (using the same title).  While understanding the significance associated with it, my immediate impression was the passion behind a mother’s tears.  Returning to it for my first attempt at a cinquain, I find that has not changed.

Ken G.


War No More

War No More

Gaze into the distance,imagine
as they fade on the horizon
illusory images
of a place in time when
poppies need not grow
with thoughts of war
lost in a

My response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #5: Nonet
is my first attempt at this form of poetry.
Nonet: a poetry form of nine lines following the syllable pattern of 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Image source: Google Art Project
Meadow with Poppies by Pál Szinyei Merse
(as suggested by Jane Dougherty)