It takes me a long time, often years, to smooth the flow of a formal poem. That’s true of Sister Carmela’s Passing. I began it more than ten years ago after an unexpected experience south of Carmel. I sent the resulting villanelle to the Braided Way three years ago and forgot about it. The editor dropped me a note informing me that she published it. I’d like to share it with all of you. https://braidedway.org/sister-carmelas-passing/
Category Archives: poetry
Half Moon and two other of my poems were published in Verse Virtual today. I’m most honored to have them included alongside those of some amazing poets! Please take a peek at mine and all the poems in this month’s issue. Here’s the link: https://www.verse-virtual.org/2021/September/walton-robert-2021-september.html
I thank editor Irene Toh for including “Tenaya Moods Shared” in Red Wolf Journal. Yosemite’s beauties – especially Tenaya Lake – are sources of spiritual regeneration for all who visit them. Covid has severed us from those beauties for more than a year and our spirits suffer. Words are cabnot substitute, but I hope mine will help a little.
My poem Crescent Moon was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Saturday Writers winter poetry contest. I look forward to its eventual publication sometime next year!
“Saturday Writers February, March and April Poetry Contest Winners:
First Place: Cathleen Callahan for Ripples
Second Place: Cathleen Callahan for High Place
Third Place: Cathleen Callahan for Echoic Spheres
Honorable Mention: Jeanne Felfe for The Gulf
Honorable Mention: Kenneth Lee for The Hatchling
Honorable Mention: Robert Walton for Crescent Moon
2021 Contest Chair
YDP editor Jayne Jaudon graciously included a new poem of mine on her site today. Take a peek and meet Barnaby, a very good dog. http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=3721
Color Story sponsored a contest last year to pair artists with poems by selected poets. Artist Marlo Saucedo completed a wonderful painting inspired by “Dawn Snow”, one of my Yosemite poems. I’m most pleased to share her accomplishment with you! An event, much delayed by the pandemic, to share all the poems and paintings will be held in Houston, Texas at the Spring Street Studios.
Another bank of covid fog just cleared away! I discovered that Red Wolf Journal published a couple of my poems – Hummingbird and Boxing at Mar a Lago – back in October of last year. I missed the memo – no excuses! It’s a fine journal and I thank the editors most humbly!