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March 1, 2010

Al-Waq’ia

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The following poem and plea was written by one of the  Beanery Online Literary Magazine visitor writers, a Chilean studying at a Florida University. See the comment following the post for further information.

 AL-WAQ’IA

Rafael  Alejandro Jara

Everything shakes and lives are realigned
And those dazed souls still left are left to find
Providence in the ruin and rubble
That asks of us yet again to rebuild.
It’s hard for us to truly understand
The Justice and Compassion of God’s (more…)

February 2, 2010

River Song: Part 3

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RIVER SONG Part 3

Tim Landy

     Tim’s story is posted in three parts. To read Part 1, click on: River Song: Part 1 .  For Part 2, click on: River Song: Part 2

     Revisit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine to read the final post of  River Song. Or, for your convenience, subscribe to this site by typing your e-mail address in the SUBSCRIPTION box in the upper right hand column of this site. You will receive a return e-mail asking you to confirm the subscription. Your e-mail will not be publicized.

          The subject of this article is a fascinating woman who lives on the line between nature’s chaotic and man’s organized worlds.

      After graduating from high school, Joan matriculated at Pomona College, a small college in California established to educate westerners in the New England liberal arts tradition.  Here she majored in sociology and art.

            After completing her degree, she and several friends went to Europe.  Eventually she settled in Paris for two years, where she studied etching at a private studio.  Having finished her course of study, she decided to stay on for two more years, working as a secretary in the American Consulate.  When her job was upgraded to that of personnel assistant, she was able to take a position with the State Department in Germany.

            Finally returning to the United States, she soon met her future husband, Charles, a native of Western Pennsylvania.

            “After I married, my focus was on my family,” she says.  I wasn’t ready for a career in art.”

            These days, having reared two sons and two daughters, Joan has more time to (more…)

January 21, 2010

River Song: Part 2

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RIVER SONG Part 2

Tim Landy

     Tim’s story is posted in three parts. To read Part 1, click on: River Song: Part 1 . Revisit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine to read the final post of River Song.

     Or, for your convenience, subscribe to this site by typing your e-mail address in the SUBSCRIPTION box in the upper right hand column of this site. You will receive a return e-mail asking you to confirm the subscription. Your e-mail will not be publicized.

          The subject of this article is a fascinating woman who lives on the line between nature’s chaotic and man’s organized worlds.

            While most gardeners despise the ubiquitous weeds, Joan welcomes these unwanted guests with open gloves.  Smiling, she says, “Everything was a weed at first.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a garden of weeds!  When I go out in early spring, I see everything bare.  I start to plant seeds and I can feel the weed seeds saying, ‘We were here first!’”  

            Her present reading list includes Weeds of the Northeast.  But unlike the authors, who wrote the text to help readers identify and destroy unwanted plants, Joan uses the book as a field guide, locating one of her favorites, the Pennsylvania smart weed, which, to her delight, has taken over the pumpkin patch across the road from the farmhouse.

            “When you give a weed a name, it acquires (more…)

January 18, 2010

River Song: Part 1

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RIVER SONG Part 1

Tim Landy

     Tim’s story is posted in three parts. Revisit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine to read the coming two posts that complete River Song.

     Or, for your convenience, subscribe to this site by typing your e-mail address in the SUBSCRIPTION box in the upper right hand column of this site. You will receive a return e-mail asking you to confirm the subscription. Your e-mail will not be publicized.

     The subject of this article is a fascinating woman who lives on the line between nature’s chaotic and man’s organized worlds.

            When friends stop by Joan Patterson’s weathered farmhouse in late summer or early autumn, more than likely she’ll be in her garden, puttering with her perennials or picking vegetables or resting in her favorite spot: a shadowy bower at the end of a winding path.

            For Joan, this dome-shaped shelter, formed from bowed saplings and cloaked in spiraling bean plants and morning glories, is the center of her miniature Eden.  The garden, in turn, is the (more…)

November 19, 2009

The Hunter is Caught

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THE HUNTER IS CAUGHT

Bo Brocious

SO FOCUSED

SO QUICK AND

OH! SO SKILLED

 

TOO LATE!

CAUGHT BY SOMETHING UNKNOWN

“HOW DARE THEY TOUCH

MY MAGNIFICENT FEATHERS!”

 

WHAT POWER he must have had

LARGE BLACK OWL EYES FOLLOW

The furry little fellow

Running thru the dried leaves

 

CAUGHT IN THE CLAWS OF THE

UNKNOWN

MERCY IS GRANTED

 

FEATHERS ON THE WIND!!!!

 

SO FOCUSED

SO QUICK and

OH! SO SKILLED

This poem was inspired by the entrapment of an owl as reported in the post, It’s Been an Animal Day (direct link: http://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2009/11/08/its-been-an-animal-day/  ).

Photos of the owl can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/4085249240/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/4085248082/in/photostream/ &  http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/4085247888/in/photostream/

 ADDITIONAL READING:

JASMINE & JEWEL — A DOVE STORY Part 1

THE SNITTY CAT LIKES PUMPKIN PIE?

THE KILLER KITTEN

CAT by Brendan K.

GRANDKITTY

HEIDI

LOSS AND LOVE

SHALIMAR

The “Meow” Chorus: A cat symphony on a Greyhound Bus

WHAT RIGHTS DO CATS HAVE, I ASK

March 9, 2009

Jesus

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JESUS

Rafael Alejandro Jara

I picked up a squirrel lying in the road.
I pitied him, thought him a poor fellow
And deserving of enough dignity
To be spared being crushed by tyres in the sun.
I thought about other daily slaughters:
How many snails had been crushed (more…)

February 18, 2009

AN OAK TREE MARKS THE PLACE

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AN OAK TREE MARKS THE PLACE

Tim Landy

In my front yard stands a large, hundred-year old white oak tree. Its branches reach more than thirty feet up and out to the sky and its roots anchor it deep into the rocky hillside. Each year, little by little, the tree grows, obeying its own ancient genetic script.

Sometimes I wonder what my life experiences would be like without this leafy friend. I watch countless (more…)

October 16, 2008

QUINTESSENCE

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QUINTESSENCE

Robert A. Woodall

 

A miller’s wheel beside the stream

to catch a waterfall

Is all that tells the fields around

were once, with grain, grown tall.

Now asphalt intercepts the rain

and sun and wind-spread seed.

There’s no place left for nature here,

we had a greater need.

For concrete, plastic, glass, and steel,

a million feet of board.

Machinery fills the valley now

where once the eagle soared.

 

Is heaven gone, the garden lost,

or someday will we see

Wild flowers grow and birds renew

their song of praise for Thee?

 

ADDITIONAL READING:

IT WAS MEANT TO BE: A Meeting with Travelers from the Netherlands

LOSS AND LOVE

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

THE CORPSE FLOWER (Amorphophallus titanum)—A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING-Is in Bloom

RAINBOW’S END Part 1

FAITH THROWN OVERBOARD

THE LEGACY FROM MY EDITORS

DOES EXAGGERATING THE TRUTH CREATE GOOD STORIES?

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

ON THE EVE OF 27

CHURCH SUED FOR FUNERAL DEMONSTRATIONS

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

October 15, 2008

A DOVE STORY RETOLD: JASMINE AND JEWEL

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A DOVE STORY RETOLD: JASMINE AND JEWEL

 KATHLEEN

     Fluttering and cooing the Mourning Doves chased each other back and forth across my balcony porch. They made such a commotion I began watching them in earnest. Mating season was in full swing! After covering the potting soil with loosely laid straws and grass, the female dove perched on the empty window box planter and laid two cream-colored, one-inch eggs. I knew nothing about dove mating habits, but was thrilled I’d been chosen to observe this “up close and personal” process.
     Quickly, I learned the male and female participate equally in the nesting vigil. The female usually sits all night, while the male (more…)

September 30, 2008

THE REMINDER

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THE REMINDER

JOE STIERHEIM

     I have a basket of pinecones sitting on top of my file cabinet. The collection began through no particular intention of mine. One day shortly after I moved into my rooming unit, I was walking along the steppingstones that lead from the lot where I park my car when I noticed them. They and their brothers lay beneath the lone pine that grows there, exposed on the sparse grass of winter. Lying with them were the remains of cones from previous seasons—faded, broken, gnawed upon, some flattened underfoot and ground into the earth.
     I picked up one that recently dropped, its unspoiled pattern of interlocked scales resembling plate armor, smooth and uniformly colored a glistening tan. I pictured what it would look like in a month or two if left (more…)
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