Marco Island Writers

A collection of stories and poems from Marco Island Writers, covering a wide breadth of topics both fictional and true. This fourth anthology in the series contains forty-nine original stories and poems.

All 4 volumes are available for sale at every Marco Island Writers meeting & at the Marco Island Farmer’s Market [in season]. Members’ price $8.00, non-members $12.00, or a set of all four $29.00. See Pauline for purchase.

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Pineapple Wine: Poems of Maui
by Jill Jennings

Fort Myers, Florida resident Jill Jennings has completed her third full-length book of poetry, this one a chronicle of  the years she spent living in Kihei, Maui. Come along with her and find out who is a haole, and who is a kama aina; taste a Hawaiian mixed plate lunch and try some pineapple wine from up island. Experience a tree in Lahaina that takes up two whole city blocks, and visit some of the best beaches in the world. In this collection of poems, every day is pau hana Friday, and we all look better in an aloha shirt!

Books may be purchased from the author in person or by emailing her at magistra2jennings@gmail.com; from Amazon, P.J. Boox local bookstore, or Yawn’s Publishing.
Jill Jennings may be reached at www.jilljennings.org.

Jennings — Dead Man’s Flower

Dead Man’s Flower, by Jill Jennings

Dead Man’s Flower (2012) Poems of loss and longing; family love and disconnection, grief and recovery, homesickness and wanderlust, Europe, Maui and the Mainland dominate this collection. Follow the award-winning author as she pulls up stakes and moves to Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, where she encounters a world of the sacred and the commercial, of rain forests and desert, beaches with a history and locals who love to tell her about it; while back home in Georgia her old life keeps evolving and her family is growing smaller and smaller. $12.95

Books may be purchased from the author in person or by emailing her at magistra2jennings@gmail.com or from the publisher, Yawn’s Books Canton, Georgia
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ill Jennings may be reached at www.jilljennings.org or magistra2jennings@gmail.com

The Poetry Alarm Clock, by Jill Jennings

The Poetry Alarm Clock (2008) In this book you will meet a drunk with smeared lipstick who shows up only at midnight; a lady enshrined forever on a restaurant wall; a little boy with Shaken Child Syndrome who just wants a home; a colonel in the Army who wears orange socks; and a factory worker in a drug plant who runs out of pills for herself. Award-winning poems set like jewels in a jester’s crown, this collection will appeal to you, even if you hated poetry in high school. $11.95

Books may be purchased from the author in person or by emailing her at magistra2jennings@gmail.com; from Amazon and iUniverse.
Jill Jennings may be reached at www.jilljennings.org or magistra2jennings@gmail.com

Once again I have the good fortune to celebrate my birthday (July 21) and Moon Day (July 20th) at my Sanibel home with my wife Marjorie, my daughters Randy and Allegra and all four of my grandchildren, It will be the 88th year of my journey on our planet and my Moon Day poem celebrates a great moment in that journey.

Click the first link if you wish to hear the 2013 broadcast of the Moon Day poem.
http://news.wgcu.org/post/where-were-you-july-20-1969

Click the second link to read the poem as it appeared on the website Your Daily Poem.
http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=1535

Thank you for sharing these moments with me.
Joe Pacheco aka Sanibel Joe

IN THIS HOUSE

Prone on the sagging divan
I see the breeze flirt with the curtains
Through the open window

Bolts of sun shoot into the room
Archways caress them
Into shadows of themselves

Landscapes warm wheat-hued walls
Taormina, Taranto, Rockport Harbor
Dream tips

Just when sleep soothes my aching back
Wind gusts the French doors wide
Waking my wandering mind

I could die in this house

Gary McLouth

 “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

Lorrainewalkerwilliams.com

Brooks, J — Beautiful You Are

Beautiful You Are
by Jamilla D. Brooks

 

Beautiful You Are! is a book of Inspired Poems. Each poem is a part of my uniqueness. My greatest hope is that one of these poems inspires you to share your beauty and uniqueness with the world because the world needs your greatness! These poems will take you on a journey. So are you ready to embark on your journey? The beauty of this book of poetry, is that it will shine a light on some issues and it encourages you to speak your truth!

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Jim Gustafson — Waffles

Waffles

You should eat a waffle! You can’t be sad if you eat a waffle!
― Lauren Myracle

What the Three Wise Men thought was a guiding star was really the glow of a big yellow Waffle House sign shouting loud in the night. They followed its light for hours, through dew drip darkness;
dodging eighteen-wheelers thundering along the interstate.

At the sight of the Waffle House, they raised their hands in praise, as they prayed a prayer of thanksgiving. There was plenty of room at the counter. A friendly server named Mary and a short-order cook called Joe greeted them with warm smiles.

They chatted with Mary, while they waited for waffles. It was obvious from the way Mary and Joe
at each other, the way their hands touched when she handed him their order slip, and the slight patch of purple on Mary’s neck that she and Joe had a thing going on.

The Wise Men watched the batter ooze and flow. The steam streams rose, the hot iron genuflected and rounded the white dough. An aroma, sweeter than the holiest incense, lounged.

All three had maple syrup. What self-respecting wise man would have anything else?

As they poured the syrup, it seeped through the land of little cross on the gold sacramental wafers.
Road sounds were drowned by the satisfied smacks of their lips. Slight rainbows spread in buttery spills across the maple juice sea.

“Is not the architecture of the bee, designed as this catacomb cake?” said one,
“Is not their honey homage?”

“Is ice cream not best waffle coned? Has ever there been a more divine form?” asked another.

Could any fair maiden’s smile not spread with the gift of this well-plated pastry?” said the third.

When their plates lay still and sticky, in the afterglow of the well-buttered, syrup soaked waffles, they paid their check, and left generous gifts for Mary and Joe.

Having been told of heavy traffic along the interstate, they returned home another way.

Jim Gustafson
From Driving Home
Aldrich Press, 2013
Available on Amazon.com