My poem, This Winter’s Day, won the prestigious Colorado Author’s League 79th Annual Writing Award for best poem, 2020! They are the oldest writer’s group in The Rocky Mountains with quite an amazing list of members, past and present. Clive Cussler, Margaret Coel and Lois Bebe Hayna are past award recipients.

This Winter’s Day

For Mary Oliver

a full quorum of snow
covers my backyard
in the color it should be
in January


reclaiming the brown
winter-dormant grass
that drones a longing
into the back of my mind


I write this tribute poem
on the day after your passing


and it seems
it should be snowing
the sun bowing homage
while it reads your poems


allowing you to be
the one to shine today


You, of course,
would give the clouds
center stage


that slow us into
a deeper rhythm
for this one day,
this one wild and precious day


in this one wild
and precious life


You would take time
to count crows
and weave ibis wings
upon your tongue


seeking prayers
in a blade of grass
beneath a broken bottle
in an abandoned city lot


your knees knowing the soil
and the winds, your voice


and for so many of us,
your precious words


wild and free


“What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

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