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A2Z-BADGE-100 [2017]                  O


Greetings and welcome to Poets on Display during National Poetry Month/Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. I’m doing a poetry theme, so each day this month I’ll be featuring poets 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).



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 worked it out. I  hope you enjoy what you read here.

Today’s letter:      O

Today’s Poem:  Orienting by Shelley Widhalm


O starts with the opulence
of pearls, not perfect in circles
or the shape of a drain, dented by slipped forks,
or the oval of the track
trying to get somewhere but going round
my mouth makes the shape
slap of oars the sound
orienting toward beginnings
oscillating as my mind tries to make sense
of clothes wet and heavy slapping the dryer
of sudsy paths sliding
lines spiraling from
not a center,
a bee sings around
parchment paper
flower breath exhaled
into a small red
O on my skin.

I touch the pain and toss out
the lint,
think of my pearls,
the sweet extended Os in the word love
fixes me
from O to zero
new starts

I clasp.

Shelley’s Bio:

Shelley Widhalm is a freelance writer and editor and founder of Shell’s Ink Services, a writing and editing service based in Loveland, Colo. She has more than 15 years of experience in communications and holds a master’s in English from Colorado State University. She can be reached at shellsinkservices.com or shellsinkservices@gmail.com.

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.

Click Here to purchase Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology