’tis the season (for poetry calendars) . . .

Carrying the River

i.
mariachi mass . . .
the guitarrón, oversized
as the sombrero
masking the musician
who keeps time to church bells

ii.
at the Alamo
my sister feels a part
of history . . .
I buy a paper poppy
to fund the crumbling walls

iii.
the acequia
draws us to Espada . . .
those ancient stones
that milagro we stroked
still carrying the river

2014 Texas Poetry Calendar (Dos Gatos Press)

Years ago, I spent a spring break with my oldest sister touring the missions in San Antonio and exploring the River Walk. Remembering that trip, I wrote the above tanka sequence which miraculously found its way onto the back inside cover of the 2014 Texas Poetry Calendar–a nifty desk calendar (my favorite kind) filled with 98 poems from 98 (mostly Texas) poets that can be ordered from Dos Gatos Press out of Austin.

Everyone needs a calendar, so why not think about supporting poetry and the small presses that publish poets when making out your holiday gift list?

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About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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2 Responses to ’tis the season (for poetry calendars) . . .

  1. janetld says:

    Congrats again on making it into the calendar! What a rich sequence. I’ve been to that river walk a couple of times myself.

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