“Eclipse” is a villanelle which appears in my weekly poetry column, “Poetry Place” at SantivaChronicle.com

Eclipse

Beyond my window blooms the moon
Hangs ripe and full before sunrise
Moonbeams scatter round the room

Awakened from night’s cocoon
Circle of light before me lies
Beyond my window blooms the moon

Over the moon a shadow looms
Watching it grow I’m mesmerized
Moonbeams scatter round the room

Lunar light will darken soon
Earth masks moon as it arrives
Beyond my window blooms the moon

Penumbra passes light resumes
Emerging from its dark disguise
Moonbeams scatter round the room

Serenely shining ancient rune
With the power to hypnotize
Moonbeams scatter round the room
Beyond my window blooms the moon

Lorraine Walker Williams

“Orlando” has been published in the 2018 Winter issue of Pen Woman magazine, a national publication of the oldest literary organization for women in the US.

Orlando

I have driven through you,
I have stayed in your city—
Visited Disney with my daughter.

Still… Orlando, I had to be
almost three thousand miles away
to be touched by you,
to be at the edge of tears.

The Rose Bowl Parade, bands marching,
flower-filled floats, the pageantry, then
you arrive in a rainbow of bloom,

white stars on a blood-red sea,
a dove rising. The message—
Honor and Remember Orlando.

A cold and shrouded January sky,
a slow procession as the crowd
claps chilled hands. Hearts fill
and spill for you, Orlando.

I was horrified after the shooting,
glued to the screen as the tragedy
unfolded, yet no tears fell,

Orlando—until this flower-filled
morning of hope and healing,
at the beginning of this New Year.

Lorraine Walker Williams

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Simply Sanibel Poems
by Lorraine Walker Williams

Simply Sanibel Poems is a treasured collection of poems from Sanibel Island, Florida, one of the 10 best shelling beaches in the world. Award-winning poet, Lorraine Walker Williams will take you on a poetic journey where you will sink your toes in the sand, meander the bike paths of the island and encounter tropical birds, dolphin and native wildlife. These poems reflect keen observation and attention to detail in communicating with strong imagery and deep feeling. Dream of the sea, inhale the salt breeze and let peace settle in what life can be on an island sanctuary.

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Split Poems
by Lorraine Walker Williams

Lorraine Walker Williams ventures far in her often harrowing, but ultimately jubilant collection of poetry, Split. Here, a marriage is put asunder, torn violently, and the poet brings us to the cold shock of such cleaving. Bewilderment, above all, threatens to displace us, to unmoor our sense of self. Her achievement here is what poetry and the other imaginative arts are capable of giving us: not just a respite where the first healing begins, but a deeper recognition that the door is always unlocked, which we can and must open, no matter the damage and despair. [more]

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