bigpreview_Water Drops on a Leaf

How can a leaf
be described
without knowing
of its intricate design –

its connected journey
with the sun
and rain,
its synthesis with light?

I see a waterfall
within its serrated edges,
inside its veins
burns an orange moon –

a soul overflowing,
delusions stripped away
like the bark from a tree.
It shows me how to write.

A language on the air
like breath, a mind
an ocean, a country,
a single leaf.

The Next Big Thing ~ Week 20

The Next Big Thing is a concept bought to life by SheWrites, and allows authors the chance to discuss their next book, whether it is being published or not. The lovely poet, Marsha Berry (Marousia) offered me a  great opportunity to introduce a joint project between myself and Joseph Hesch. Below are a set of questions that I have answered in the style of an interview, and I hope they make for interesting reading.

Many thanks and gratitude to Marsha for tagging me in her post. You can read about her exciting new project here

What is the title of your book?

Wo/man, Rebirth

What genre does it fall under?

Poetry (naturally) 🙂

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

Colin Firth and Gwyneth Paltrow

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

How life can be transformed by the wonder of love, the most beautiful and powerful  of emotions

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

We’re still undecided as yet

How long did it take you to write the first draft?

I would say it took us about six months

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t believe it can be compared to anything else, as every poet has his or her own unique voice. But I would leave it up to the reader to decide.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Being in Love 🙂

Thank you for reading this. I hope it has made you a little curious about our anthology. 🙂
And in honour of The Next Big Thing and my fellow authors, here are two awesome writers who both have projects they would like to share with you:

Joe Hesch

Tracey McCusker 

Please do visit as they reveal their Next Big Thing!


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


I’d wanted to fly
right out of my life,
apprehend dawn
alone in the wind,
the stars and the sun –

with a belly full
of dammed up things,
life before rain,
before silence and space,
in waters still cold
at this time of day –

flowing fresh,
running with a twist,
steady and pouring away
like the eggshells I broke
playing with tempera
and fistfuls of memories
curled up in the womb.

Tick Tock
says the clock,
the spokes of the wheel
slow turning in sequence,
in glistening drops.
They cycle to the ground
where everything turns,
tangled and torn
in a summer of skies.


© 2012 Louise Hastings

Written for Visual Dare #15 with Angela Goff

Also linking to dVersepoets Open Link Night 🙂

Sunshine Award

I am very honoured and delighted to receive this beautiful award from my lovely friend and fellow poet Marousia (Marsha Berry) Please do check out her wonderful poetry.

And as per the rules for the award..

1. Need to include the award’s logo in a post or on the blog
2. Answer 10 questions about yourself
3. Nominate 10-12 other awesome bloggers
4.  Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated :-)
5. Link the person who nominated you.

10 questions about myself ..

1. what is my zodiac sign? I am a Taurean
2. what is my favorite food? My favourite food is Italian though I’m fond of Chinese, too.
3. My favorite book? My current favourite book is Sunbathing in the Rain by Gwyneth Lewis
4. What is my favorite color? Blue
5. What is my favorite movie? Watership Down
6. Which place would I love to go for vacation? A Greek island
7. Which is my favorite inspirational read? Rumi
8. Why do I blog? To share my poetry, writing & thoughts
9. What do I love doing best? Walking in the countryside, enjoying nature, spending time with my partner, writing & reading.
10. One thing which I would like to improve in myself: To stop procrastinating and do something….I will, in a minute… 😉

The nextstep is to nominate 10-12 awesome bloggers. 


  1. @grasscraig
  2. @Sisyphus47
  3. @Libithina
  4. @EdjoFrank
  5. @montygrant39
  6. @jtvancouver
  7. @Diana605
  8. @baldychaz
  9. @benmind
  10. @VerseEveryDay