January Moon

waxing gibbous growing to the full moon
cold days and nights, snowy white ground,
white above, also cold, frozen places,
me, thankful to be inside where I
can read, write, sip spring tea, dream.

waxing gibbous Moon

waxing gibbous, approaching Full Moon


Inspired by reading winter haiku, drinking a tisane of spring flowers and leaves, on a cold night with the almost Full Moon outside my window.

midwinter moon
a temple revealed
high in the heavens
~ Basho

Podcasts Season 2

I started doing a podcast last year of the new poems on this site. I thought there might be some interest in listening to the poems and occasional additional information. Podcasts are very popular (again – it’s a kind of revival)

These episodes are very short. Some are under a minute. A few are a few minutes in length when there is some explanation I want to include. Would those short lengths make a podcast more or less popular? I suspect it is the latter. People seem to love long podcasts, particularly ones about true crime.

There is none of that on WRITING THE DAY, so who would be the audience? I suppose readers of the blog and maybe people who like to binge because you can consume the entire Season 1 with its 22 episodes in less than a lunch break.

I am way behind on doing these audio versions of the ronka poems, but I have resolved to improve and plan to queue up ones for the rest of the month with at least one per day. If I can catch up with myself, then I’ll go back into the archive and do some of the more popular ones too.

They are available for you on a number of platforms. So far Spotify has been the most popular option, but you can also find them on Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, and RadioPublic.

I hope you check them out.

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The Almanac

is full of Moons and celestial events,
the times to plant and to harvest.
I’m reading it as I sort seeds –
an optimistic ritual that shows a belief
that there is a future for us.

I have been a long-time reader of almanacs. My mother always bought one and I once read it as a kind of paper Nostradamus. I’m not as much a believer in predictions of any kind these days, but I admit to still looking at almanacs, the occasional horoscope, runes, tarot and forms of divination. I do believe that the future is not set. We can change it and therefore we should be conscious about doing that in the most positive ways.

Another Time

“From where we stand the rain seems random.
If we could stand somewhere else, we would see the order in it.”
Tony Hillerman, Coyote Waits

The rain drips off the roof edge
ticking off steady clocklike metallic drops – seconds –
not 60 by 60 by 24
that runs our engines, but some other
Time I have yet to fully understand.

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