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Greetings and welcome to Poets on Display during National Poetry Month. Today is a non-post day for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. But Poetry Month continues, so here is another featured poet from the book Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology, which was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards in the anthology category (information about the awards can be found by Clicking Here).

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It’s an honor for me to continue to share the work of those who contributed to Northern Colorado Writers first poetry  anthology and to have this work selected as an award finalist. The poets included are a shining example of the talent found in Northern Colorado Writers, LLC.

The poem posted below is not from the anthology. This way you get a wider read of each poet’s work. It’s been a challenge to get the poems to fit the letter theme, but I think I’ve got it worked out with the schedule. I  hope you enjoy what you read here.

Today’s Poem:  The Language of Crows by Lorrie Wolfe

The Language of Crows

                                   For Aaron

When you are far
I hear you in the language of crows
calling dawn into the lightening sky
inky night distilled
into feathers, wings
onyx eye

In memory I see you
clamber across branches
after chittering squirrels
and teasing crows
Watch your feet, I say
a talisman against broken bones

The little boy has flown
Now you can name
every muscle and bone
that held you strong
high enough to see
the whole world
as you perched
in the maple’s canopy

You are fully fledged
Now the mountain holds you
bestows its old knowledge
to your fingers, your sinews
Listen, it says
I will tell you
what you have always
wanted to know
in the language of seasons
of tea
of silence

When words fail
I still hear you
in the language of crows

Lorrie’s Bio:

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Lorrie Wolfe’s 2013 chapbook, Holding: from Shtetl to Santa, explores themes of family, immigration, and Lorrie’s cultural journey ranging from the biblical exodus from Egypt up to her current marriage to Santa Claus. Her work has appeared in Earth’s Daughters, Pooled Ink, Pilgrimage, Tulip Tree Review, Progenitor, and has received prizes from Columbine Poets and the Poetry Society of Colorado. Lorrie was named the Poet of the Year at the Denver Ziggies Poetry Festival for 2014-2015. When she is not writing poetry, Lorrie is a technical writer, an editor and a consultant on organizational development. She lives in Windsor, CO.

Note: On May 1, 2017 I’ll be drawing one winner to receive a copy of Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology. Each day you visit and leave a comment, you’ll earn one entry for the drawing. (Only one entry per day can be earned, regardless of number of visits/comments) That’s a potential of 30 entries for the drawing! Winner to be announced on this blog on May 1, 2017.

 

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