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.