Elegy on the Irregular Verb


The poetry of language once

Began my love of words,

But poetry is giving way

To easiness in verbs.


I dedicate these simple lines

To those whose memories, like mine,

Allow for lit in lieu of lighted,

And shone instead of shined.


For we who strove instead of strived,

At least we’ve not been blessed with “drived”.


an irregular verb


Today is World Poetry Day

In honor of World Poetry Day today, I offer


        – by Gifford MacShane


how time does pass

and yet not dull

           the thrill and silent words

                               the lightning glance


the spark

            electric in its charm lives on


startled once

       the swift and eerie message in the air

                    did touch my heart and lodge there


and rending now and then does still abide



Contest News: DFW WRiTE CLUB

The annual DFW WRiTE CLUB competition is going on right now!

Choose any 500-word passage from your unpublished story or poetry and submit it before the April 31st deadline, and you could win  FREE ADMISSION TO THE DFW CONFERENCE IN DALLAS FOR 2016,  plus a professional critique of your work  AND  a $75.00 Amazon gift certificate.

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This opportunity won’t come around again until 2016, so enter now!

UPDATE: Submissions are now closed. I did get my three entries in, and am now awaiting news of the first round winners on May 18th. Join us for the fun of this March Madness style tournament!