Category Archives: Poetry

Landscape as Poetic and Sacred Architecture

Eons ago, a retreating glacial blade gouged a region through the center of North America known as the Great Plains. It left a vast and rugged beauty, an endless sky, and from it came peoples that are also enduring, pragmatic and spare. Continue reading

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On “A Quiet Passion” Emily Dickinson

Random thoughts after seeing the movie, A Quiet Passion, about the life of Emily Dickinson. Continue reading

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To Write, or Not to Write: That is the Question — Subtitle: Confessions of an Occasional Poet

Gentle Reader: A recent conversation with a fellow writer has prompted me to give thought to what I might do with my time if I were to retire –and that won’t be any time soon! First, I still love what … Continue reading

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First Love

For Danny © Bonnie Staiger 2003 We were born one day apart our Moms in labor together we rode bikes in 2nd grade in 6th grade we played kick-the-can As freshman we danced cheek-to-cheek I wore a yellow dress and … Continue reading

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Verbal Abuse of the English Language

Gentle Reader: The annual List of Banished Words— a release by Lake Superior State University—has caught my attention again. Fortunately, normal people can take consolation that much of the blame for this year’s list goes to politicians and the news … Continue reading

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My Father’s Hands

© Bonnie Staiger, Published:  Parkinson Foundation Report, Summer 2003   Strong and rough Fixing cars Planting trees Building a cabin “Hold my hand, Daddy The curb is high And I’m afraid of falling.” Printer’s ink Under his nails Never quite clean … Continue reading

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Cycles

© Bonnie Staiger. Published: Woven on the Wind, Houghton Mifflin, 2001) Mother and daughter count the bales of alfalfa– it is a time to talk, You are uneasy as you wait for the appearance of that first fresh flow of … Continue reading

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