National Poetry Month — Last Impressions

Victoria Dym
Joan Weaving
Cath Mason
Robert Strozier

If I Were a Bird
by Victoria Dym

I’d be like the Ibis on Cath’s deck—
curious about the rope-lights that run the railing
like glowing worms—

or, like the Great Egret in front of Martha’s home—
slow, graceful—slurping lizard lunch—

or, like the Pelican, all-in-ambition, diving on a sliver of silver.

If I were a bird—
I wouldn’t be a bird brain; I’d fly, fly fly—
glide like an Eagle, with super vision— a saluted patriot—

or, I’d hover with supersonic speed, Hummingbird sweetness.

If I were a bird, perhaps I’d be a Common Grackle—
in the suburbs, glinting black iridescence in the morning sun,
squawking—a raucous poet’s voice.

I’d sit upon my nest of grass, twigs, reeds and mud—
cat-fur lined; I’d sit still, on four pale greenish-brown, speckled eggs.

and, if I was a Common Grackle, I’d poop like a Pigeon
on cars parked in the driveway—white abstract art.

Tanka Poems
by Joan Weaving

April 8th, 2024
The moon blocks the sun
And bright daylight turns to night
The crowds cheer as one
The earth knows how to repair
The divides of her people

Anniversary
In white lace and veil
Promises to love always
We are growing old
Joyfully we say I do
Love does not wither like skin

Night Fever
by Cath Mason

When joy for living dies in me
sleep heavy as a Muscovy duck’s squat body,
when trapped in looped dreams ugly as warty wattle
choked with what my death will be,
I push out of bed, make a cup of tea
carry it out into the night
walk onto the birdless deck
—daytime throne for Ibis, Great Heron, Egret
and the mighty grey-white Wood Stork
who preen and snooze, who stalk the rails
then stifle their compulsion to fly,
still themselves
stand one-legged in serene lines—
silence seeps through me, limbs loosen.
What if my death could feel like this?


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Victoria Dym’s two poetry chapbooks, Class Clown, and When the Walls Cave In were published by Finishing Line Press in 2015 and 2018. Victoria’s chapbook, Spontaneous, was selected by Northwest Poet Laureate Katherine Nelson-Born as the winner of the 2021 Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge Contest, won a cash prize and subsequently was published by the West Florida Literary Federation in 2022. Ms. Dym’s full-length manuscript, The Hatchet Sun, was published by Finishing Line Press in August 2023. She hosts the Annual October Haiku Challenge and facilitates Laughter Yoga workshops in Tampa.

Joan Weaving embarked on a successful business career as the first woman Product Manager for Nabisco, Inc., and a Corporate Vice President for Equitable, before starting her own consulting company in 1988, specializing in leadership development and executive coaching for major corporations. Joan has been an active OLLI participant and has played a key role in the conceptualization and execution of the annual Board of Advisor’s retreat. Joan leads our Exploring Leadership Opportunities class in the fall term.

Cath Mason’s poems are forthcoming, or have appeared in Palm Prints, Literary Mama, Woman’s Weekly, Pennine Ink and Sandhill Review. Her poem “Dent in the Day” won an honorable mention USF’s Poetry Competition 2015. Her poem “The Out of Body Experience of a Potato” won the humor prize in the 2012 Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition. Her poem “A Tampa Welcome” is on display on the Tampa Poetry Post at the downtown Municipal Office Building.

Robert Strozier’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications including Atlantic, Esquire, The New Times Magazine, and The NYT Book Review. He’s had plays produced in NYC, and a musical he wrote (book and lyrics) has had five concert readings. He also helped launch five national magazines, then served as Editor-in-Chief of two and a senior editor at the others.


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3 Replies to “National Poetry Month — Last Impressions”

  1. I love the references to birds, to the earth, and then……beer bottles. Beauty and fun.

    Thank you, talented poets.

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