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Wow . . . it’s the first Wednesday in May and I’m caught in a poetry landslide. Nearly forgot it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group post day. So welcome to this poetry post, which continues on the themes of National Poetry Month and the April A to Z blog challenge (both of which I completed!)

This month I am working on getting through a dry spell of writing, but also am preoccupied with the upcoming 2017 Colorado Book Awards. Why? you might ask. We’ll the shiny book below is one of four finalists in the anthology category. The awards banquet is May 21 and I can’t wait to attend and be part of this wonderful event sponsored by Colorado Humanities.

Be sure to visit this month’s IWSG co-hosts (listed below) and keep on writing. Good things come to those who write and submit!

Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone!

To carry on our love of all things poetry and to keep the energy high, I will continue to post poems by the contributing poets of the anthology until the Colorado Book Awards on May 21, 2017 (info by clicking here).

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Today’s poem is by contributing poet : Belle Schimdt

Dead People

In heaven’s stadium
a sold-out crowd cheers
our mundane lives.
They see us hit
out of the ballpark,
take bases at full stride
and slide safely home.

The innings advance inexorably
toward the ninth; often we are
called out and sometimes pitches hit us.
We may make it into extra innings or
we may get taken out of
the game.

The dead people know we cannot
hear their encouragement; they
watch the full season anyway:
tied games, shut-outs and rain outs.

Their cheers are sometimes wild,
oftentimes subdued; but fall
dead silent when we must exit
the ballpark.

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