After the Rain by Poetry Novice

Grey clouds lift, a break or two of blue
The rain that ensued has left a shine on the land
Brickwork freshened by moisture’s touch
Grime and dirt of the summer trailing away to a mortal end

Steam appears as the sun once more makes its dominance felt
The flora recovers, safe to raise their full faces
Noises once again, where there had been only roar
The evening sounds of the countryside, on the wind children readily explore

And now the evening settles, shed of it meteorological hiccup
Tomorrow brings a new dawn, a new sun, a new day
Awaiting more warming rays, a return to the heat and the dry.


I’m a 40 something novice to poetry living in south east england with my wife and two young daughters. I fell into writing some thoughts, which became poetic, whilst on a recent family holiday, and often I will put pencil to paper; and now to keyboard.

A Woman’s Obsession with Shoes by River Maria Urke

Today, I’m proud to present to you River Maria Urke, founder & editor of The River Journal, poet, artist, and author of a new collection A Woman’s Obsession with Shoes

Real life Stories!

A woman’s love for shoes has no boundaries. Million’s of women from all lifestyles and ages, crossing borders around the globe, care not of the necessity of shoes as much as they care of the aesthetic quality of them. If you are not one of those women, I am sure you know someone who is crazed about shoes. Either way, Women’s Obsession with Shoes is a book about life told through the words of women and a pair of shoes. A book of memoirs women will relate to or will be entertained by.

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Women’s Obsession with Shoes is a collection of memoirs by women telling their stories through a pair of shoes. The stories range from a lost pair of moccasins at a Pow Wow to a six-foot woman making a claim on a man’s chest in stiletto boots. They will take you to China where laughter carries cross-culturally and back to the 1970’s America in a sticky situation.Every story is told in the woman’s voice as if you were sitting next to her while she told the story. Some of the stories will spark memories while others will be entertaining in their own way.

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About the Author
River Maria Urke is a published poet, artist, and writer. River is the founder, creator, and Senior Editor of the art and literary journal, The River. She lives along the St Croix Valley in Minnesota with her daughter Willow, her boyfriend Tommy, and all their pets. River has the training and experience to gather stories through her degrees in Anthropology. Her first publication, Stumbled & Standing, is a collection of poetry and essay focused on life with Multiple Sclerosis. Women’s Obsession with Shoes is her second publication. Her poetic writings and artistic touches reflect her Ojibwe and Celtic heritages along with the ponderings of a thirty something American woman. River’s Poetry can be found at A Pocket of Agates.

More information about River and her works can be found on her author website.

poet at heart, River believes in the power of words
-releasing her breath to the starry night-

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Old Wind by Darren Hawbrook

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Old wind,
I have known you
but briefly.
From a light sleep
you wake me,
face pressed against my window
like an errant child
without a friend.

You ride the turbulence
in a world full of secrets;
The Confidant to love and death;
blowing kisses of eternal promise
while gathering up last breaths.

Some days you wander
through cinammon streets,
speak in hermit tongue,
an odour of stale whiskey and smoke
on your weary exhalations.

Other times, your playful sprite
chases butterflies
through lily-white glades,
lifts kites aloft with childlike hope
and stirs the autumn leaves.

I hear your fitful
zephyr song
on the wind-chimes in the yard.
Old wind,
I run with you tonight –
if from a light sleep
you wake me.

I am a writer and musician from Lincoln, England, turning my hand to most types of writing. I’ve written poems, songs, short fiction and scripts (including a pantomime), and have reached 70,000 words towards my first serious novel. In many ways, I am influenced by nature and the elemental factors that help to forge the creative landscapes of the mind. I love reading the many wonderful poets who share their work on Word Press, and it is thanks to them that I have dug out my old poems and dusted them off in order to post on my blog at  Old Wind is a new poem, inspired by the teasing wind that rattled through the office windows while stuck on my 9 til 5! Louise was one of the first poets (and certainly one of the best) that I came across on Word Press, and I am honoured that she has agreed to host one of my pieces on her site.

September Song by Joanie Roberts

September plays autumn notes
Written by summer drought
Except for prelude in Isaac air

Trees already pause for winter
In a great song of
“Hi – ber -nation”

Our early unrecoverable refrain
An extra long symphony
Now yellow leaves falling plays

A September Song

 Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn’t got time for the waiting game
On, the days dwindle down to a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days I’ll spend with you
These precious days I’ll spend with you . . .

 (September Song, sung by Frank Sinatra in 1965)

I am a beginning author, writer and artist exploring the worlds of poetry, art and photography.  I love to catch ordinary moments and reflect upon our natural world and its intersection with daily life. My professional life’s work has been in the field of education as public school teacher, administrator and college professor. My primary focus was on issues of poverty and it’s impact on student achievement and education policy. In 2006, I co-founded the Shadowleaves Company. Our mission is to share the joy of writing, photography, music and art with all ages by connecting with others. I have recently retired and live in the Ozarks on Lake Ann in Bella Vista, Arkansas. @jrobertswi Shadowleaves Blog  Shadowleaves Facebook