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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:       R

Today’s Poem:  Reality Check by Monica Yoknis

Reality Check

Here I sit, among the trees, and grass, and wild flowers.
I close my eyes and open my ears.
What do I hear?
The constant murmuring of Fall River dominates the sound-scape.
But there’s more.
The call of a crow.
The buzz of a fly.
The click, click, click of a grasshopper.
A breeze drifts past me, full of mountain perfume.
The soothing smell of pines.
The green scent of sun-warmed grass.
The pungent odor of clover.
Upon opening my eyes, I see river, trees, grass and flowers.
But look closer, there’s more than the obvious to see.
The stump of an old tree, cut close to the ground.
Sad a tree is dead, but a closer look brings hope.
Mushrooms rise out of the wood.
Moss and lichen are forming a carpet across the stump.
And there, on the edge, grows a baby tree.
Life is all around us, always.
All we have to do is take a few moments to notice it.
Never mind how you feel.
Pause a moment to find out what you feel.
Then you can know, this is life.

Monica’s Bio:

Writing poetry has gotten Monica through some of her deepest bouts of depression. Mostly, she reads and writes mystery and supernatural thriller stories. Monica self-published her first novel, Fear and Terror Stalk the Museum: An Artemis Lewis Adventure, in August 2016.

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