Three Poems By RC deWinter

Admonitory Sonnetory

The ranks of poesy are often swelled
With words misspelled and poorly-crafted speech
By scribblers, heedless, careless, yet compelled
To share their thoughts in ways beyond their reach.

No favor done for writer or the world
To put forth ill-made, unbecoming screed,
As if, thoughtless, the words were simply hurled,
Not crafted to a pleasurable read.

So poets, careful be in all you write, 
shame not yourselves nor our bright company,
But dazzle in your fancied taking flight,
Enticing more to love of poetry.

And do you not, be then a laughingstock
Whom none will praise, but only note to mock.
Love for Naught

I always loved you best as I knew how
To please you in your body, soul and mind,
To no avail, alone as I am now.

For you have chosen since to disavow
All tenderness; why be you so unkind?
I always loved you best as I knew how.

My pledge a worthless unregarded vow, 
At first accepted, to you I was twined, 
To no avail, alone as I am now.

Would that there was a way I could endow
Your heart with love to match what I've designed, 
I always loved you best as I knew how.

What choice have I? To your will I must bow, 
Though with you I would stay, it is I find
To no avail, alone as I am now.

There is no remedy you will allow,
My heart to loneliness you have consigned,
I always loved you best as I knew how,
To no avail, alone as I am now.
the year of the magic 8 ball

when the new year dawned
somewhere between sweetheart pink and brokenhearted  blue
that promised  only
possibilities with no guarantee

somewhere between sweetheart pink and brokenhearted blue
i rose from a sweet dream to reality –
possibilities with no guarantee –
perhaps the chance to get it right
 
i rose from a sweet dream to reality
wondering what i could fashion from hope
perhaps the chance to get it right 
maybe a brand new me

wondering what i could fashion from hope
that promised  only – 
maybe  – a brand new me
when the new year dawned

RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2/2017), Now We Heal: An Anthology of Hope, (Wellworth Publishing, 12/2020) easing the edges: a collection of everyday miracles (Patrick Heath Public Library of Boerne , 11/2021,) The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Anthology (River Bend Bookshop Press, 12/2021), in print: 2River, Event Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, the minnesota review, Night Picnic Journal, Plainsongs, Prairie Schooner, Ogham Stone, San Antonio Review, Southword, Twelve Mile Review, Variant Literature, Yellow Arrow Journal, The York Literary Review among others and appears in numerous online literary journals.

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