Prediction

In a break-neck chase a moose calf goes down
the grizzly bear devours,
hungry days follow hours of berries
voles, mice — wolves
stalk the bison that get away,
crows eat eggs in a robin nest
yet robins survive,
the green turtle lays eggs on a beach
swims off in the deep–
all creatures have a place they know
what to do, when not to
it’s we who are confused
as though we matter more,
we take too often do not give back
kill without awareness
of the little and the few we leave alive
we hardly love each other
how can we love the earth,
and since we’re the makers of our end
how much will it matter
to give more mention here.
In the larger picture, the flora and fauna
will go on, in fact they will do better when we’re gone.

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white rose

Death @ Green Lake, Seattle

Seattle Green Lake Public Library PoetsWest Reading 2019 Schedule

The 2018 readings were awesome with  Sierra Golden & Shankar Narayan starting off the year.  Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate, read in October and many of the new features amazed us with fine work.  Poets Chris Buckley, who has been a regular at the reading will feature with Lola Peters from the AAWA.  Chris has a new book out.  Chad Sokolovsky (new book), Tara Hardy (new book), Ben Schmitt (new book), Bill Carty will all be featured and Sierra Golden, with her new book, will return!  In July, two San Diego poets, Jimmy Jazz and Micheal Klam will travel to Seattle to delight and enlighten us!  These two are not to be missed.  They will be something new for Seattle. 

All the featured poets for 2019 are excellent, exciting and entertaining.  There is always and open mic.  If you are interested in a feature, please send samples of your poetry, mention where you’ve read and if you have books in print:  Inquire via email @  raynroberts66@gmail.com or J. Glenn Evans @ https://www.poetswest.com/contact.php 

Here’s the latest featured Poets coming to Green Lake

All Readings start at 4pm and run until 5:30pm.  Get there early for a good seat! 

 2019

Sat Jan 12, 2019—Chris Buckley—Lola Peters

Sat Feb 09, 2019—Canceled due to Snow Storm

Sat Mar 09, 2019—Tara Hardy—Mike Hickey– Kendra Steel

Sat Apr 13, 2019—Cathy Ross—Chad Sokolovsky

Sat May 11, 2019—Melanie Reed— Benjamin Schmitt

Sat Jun 08, 2019—David Post—Terry Busch

Sat Jul 13, 2019—- ALL OPEN  MIC!!  No Features.

Sat Aug 10, 2019—Sierra Golden  &  Gaylloyd Sisson

Sat Sep 14, 2019—Cat Kigerl & Joe Greer 

Sat Oct 2019 12th — David Horowitz &  Francine Wall

Sat Nov 9, 2019 — All PONGO Poetry (Supporting At Risk Youth & Allies)

Sat Dec 11, 2019  —  Bill Carty —  Michael Magee

 

2020  

Sat Jan 11, 2020—Filled—Griffith Williams—

Sat Feb 08, 2020—Filled—Rajaa Gharbi—Bruce Taylor

Sat Mar 14, 2020—Filled—Oliver Amatist—Susan Landgraf

Sat Apr 11, 2020—Filled—Rayn Roberts—Kevin O’Conner

Sat May 09, 2020— Filled—Michael Dylan Welch— Jayne Merek

Sat Jun 16, 2020—Open

Sat Jul 11, 2020—Open

Sat Aug 08, 2020— —Sally Hedges-Blanquez – TBA

Sat Sep 12, 2020— —Sandy Yannone —  TBA

 

 

 

imagesGreen Lake is wonderful any time of the year!

 

 

 

Readings 2019-2020

More to come…

Open Mics:

1. The Creekside Reading, Woodinville, AUGUST  21, 2019

2. Bin41, West Seattle, August 23, 2019.

3. Columbia City Public library, Sept 8, 2919.

Feature readings:

1. April 1, 2020.   Duvall Poetry Group, Duvall Public Library:

2. April 13, 2020. Green Lake Branch Public Library 4pm Rayn Roberts featuring with Seattle Poet Kevin O’Conner.  Info & Map @ The Stranger

Greyscale
I live in the Eye of a Hurricane.

Judith and Holofernes

This isn’t going over too well is the feeling I get, but I can’t understand why. Too morbid, creepy, nasty, lacking commercial appeal, maybe some think it’s not “progressive”? I don’t know. It’s rich in so many ways.

Beheadings separate the head from the heart

shall we stay bound with war the only way 

to settle our disputes,

We need to keep our heads to talk to one another, 

lately there are many heads talking

without communication.

It takes honest heads with open hearts for that,

there are live-wire-psycho killers in power now

There I said it, why must it be said at all.

Hope is of the heart, it says, use your head, 

fight fire with fire without 

burning down the house–   

when heart and head do not connect 

you move through a hostile world

thinking it’s civilized, 

but it’s a spinning brutal paradise 

turning to finality

pushing to the end, our demise.

Reason and emotion can work as one

the brain serve our most vital part

the life-giving heart 

then there may be a place 

for peace, love, gnosis, the heart a red flower 

Blooming in…

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Judith and Holofernes

Beheadings separate the head from the heart

shall we stay bound with war the only way 

to settle our disputes,

We need to keep our heads to talk to one another, 

lately there are many heads talking

without communication.

It takes honest heads with open hearts for that,

there are live-wire-psycho killers in power now

 

There I said it, why must it be said at all.

 

Hope is of the heart, it says, use your head, 

fight fire with fire without 

burning down the house–   

when heart and head do not connect 

you move through a hostile world

thinking it’s civilized, 

but it’s a spinning brutal paradise 

turning to finality

pushing to the end, our demise.

Reason and emotion can work as one

the brain serve our most vital part

the life-giving heart 

then there may be a place 

for peace, love, gnosis, the heart a red flower 

Blooming in grey matter —  If your brain 

 

Refuses the balance of the heart, cut off your head

 

Hang it on a wayside fence post 

for everyone to see 

Take a selfie of it, post it on Mother Nature’s page 

Her bacteria beetles earthworms will clear 

the mess you’ve made,

Judith will smile upon Holofernes

crows pick the skull clean, fly off into the free blue air.

 

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https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/monarchy-enlightenment/baroque-art1/baroque-italy/v/gentileschi-judith

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Info on the Artist and Painting Here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Slaying_Holofernes_(Artemisia_Gentileschi,_Naples)

 

Feature Image: by Serena Cole “Heart of Stone (For A. G.)” honors Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and references her painting “Susanna and the Elders.”

Feature Image by Serena Cole

If You Believe Everything You’re Told

Lightning can’t strike the same place twice, there’s a reason

for everything that happens

God’s got a plan

you may have been born with a silver spoon

gotta know some see some things

others don’t see at all, some never

see the seriously ugly things unreasonable shit reappearing

bad bent pennies repeating

Unruh Whitman the Night Stalker Son of Sam Adam la la Lanza

Aileen Wuornos Cho Seung-hui the Zodiac

John Allen Muhammad

we fear we fancy our killers

give them ways to thrill, make us

feel so sad so alive but oh we never

let go guns

would be UnAmerican–  they’re so much fun

they save lives

we use them to put meat on the table

like the Donner Party did

like Charlie Manson his family carving knives.

 

 

 

Greyscale
I live in the Eye of a Hurricane.

 

 

The Tree

Buddha before enlightenment starved bony looking in the moment for a way out
the joy and pain the universal law at the center in the chaos in and around him
 

knowing we all wait under a spreading tree

the return of turtles setting eggs in sand

salmon roiling upriver to spawn

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sea lions   fleeing the orca 

And human life – cirriped on the fin of a whale 

ephemeral song in the ocean of space-time 

 

Glint on a globe severed head on sand bright knife blood on a terrorist’s hand– we know not when but live for one instant, Enlightenment–  

Love pales in comparison under a bodhi tree.     

 

 

The-Tree-of-Life   

Everything I Own, a Dystopian Dream

My slut-desire for a bankroll of love, movie line wait for true romance
Hourglass heart running out of sand, twittered intention to end hunger,
My cell phone ringing mass murder, Buddha-delusion to heal the mind
Prophetic wisdom on a fool’s errand, tabloid wish to be some super hero
Dildo desire to fuck Mr. Trump, glittering cities on buffalo bones, soul
On the altar of power and beauty, Alt-Right nose up the low racist ass
Anarchist answers to old questions, disaster aid on misanthrope Visas

Our house of cards with the usury windows, big wheels claim to Jesus
Monitor heads blinking with cancer, a Starbucks cup full of dead poems
Sex Pistols fist on a Mozart cock, pornographic priest with his boy stars
Pig hooves on the backs of the poor, bump car pillows, insomniac beds
Kids in mind numbing debt– but is there hope for us? Toxic rainbows
With peak-oil pots, the Religious Right making ISIS tanks and bombs
Saintly ideals with demonic halos, yes, we are great, the new Babylon.

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The poem above first appeared on Poetry Super Highway: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/2018/02/poetry-brittany-shea-rayn-roberts/