Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more, they begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl’s wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
A few months ago a writing friend suggested a contest being offered by the Handy Uncapped Pen. I hadn’t submitted my work for a while and hoped this would help get me back into the submission state-of-mind again. It did help. I won second place for my poem, “Tide”.
Thanks to Ernest Dempsey and his blog, Recovering the Self https://www.recoveringself.com/ernest-dempsey-editor-in-chief , I have been posting book reviews. Two of my latest reviews and a wonderful collection of other reviews by Ernest and other authors are posted, so go take a read. Here’s the latest from me about David Sedaris’s essay collection in audio book format
Hello, spring greetings from Westchester County. Cherry blossoms are blooming. I grew up in Mamaroneck where Harbor Island Park is famous for it’s profundity of Japanese cherry blossom trees lining the east and west basins. If you ever drive past Mamaroneck on US 1 Boston Post Road at this time of year, you can’t miss them.
Hey readers, I’m sharing a little bit of creativity today. Take a listen and have your Audible credits ready because the audio book of my short story collection A String of Stories from the Heart to the Future, is almost done, thanks to the awesome narration team Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Graysen.
The sample is from the lead story, A Temporary Perspective. Enjoy!
If you’d rather read it in print or on a device, go to Amazon.com or any eBook seller or visit my website for the purchasing links.
This post is for my best friend and buddy, Bailey. He’s full of heart and fur. He’s got a big head and beautiful brown eyes. People say his face is puppy like and his big brown nose and ears make him look both regal and goofy depending on the situation. He is a 75 lb. yellow lab from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. His first family and puppy raiser are from Maine. He loves to swim and play.
He loves my hubby and daughter and shares our home with another dog, two cats and two guinea pigs. Last night the cat curled up beside him, it’s paw on his back. 🐾
He’s kept me safe and guided me through so much in life and has been there during some of the darkest moments of it.
The unconditional regard of a dog for it’s partner is felt and expressed through the ebb and flow of life and I will do my best not to take this for granted because it is a gift to be honored, cherished and earned.
Annie shares news issue 2 February 2021
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Hello all –
It’s a winter wonderland in beautiful Westchester county, New York. It’s been snowing since yesterday, the polar vortex pumping out the little white flakes up to two feet in places. Brrrr!
🌨❄The cold months make for great writing time and I’ve been keeping busy with a few projects. First, stay tuned on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/verona.chiappetta/ for an audio teaser for A String of Stories: from the Heart to the Future C 2020. The audio book will be released on www.audible.com and will feature the dual narration team, Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson www.lillianyves.com .
For folks who access books via Bookshare, www.bookshare.com all my titles are now listed in the catalog. Reaching readers who access printed material in alternative formats has been an ever-present goal for me since establishing myself as an independent author and knowing Bookshare subscribers can read my books is a big win. 📔
The big reveal in this issue is my new logo designed by Mara Reitsma https://coveredbytherose.wixsite.com/coveredbytherose and curated with assistance from Clair Plaisted https://plaistedpublishinghouse.com /. The Book Dragon avatar will make appearances and be my brand moving forward. I might even run a contest to name her. 😉
Picture description: a smiling green dragon with red wings floats amid a few books and winged musical notes. Words printed to the right say Ann Chiappetta Making meaningful connections with others through writing.