This, My Columbia

This, My Columbia
... The Columbia River

" Cosmos Cascading " (10x23)

" Cosmos Cascading " (10x23)
August, 2011 id3300

" Blacking Streaking Black Red " ( Right Corner View )

" Blacking Streaking Black Red " ( Right Corner View )
August, 2011 id3286

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Jay Licata Haiku 44



Blue Butterfly lands
upon Spring's first white flower
Small girl in China

Jay Licata Tanka 44


Blue Butterfly lands
upon Spring's first white flower
small girl in China
picks blossoms with happy joy
Little brother runs smiling

Jay Licata Haiku 33


Before morning sun
last dream from the faraway
She turns warm thoughts sweet


Jay Licata Tanka 33


Before morning sun
last dream from the faraway
she turns warm thoughts sweet
deepening breath curling feet
Lilacs under the window

Jay Licata Tanka 33b


Before morning sun
last dream from the faraway
she turns warm thoughts sweet
deepening breath curling feet
Lace and heat old lovers lost

Jay Licata Tanka 33c


Before morning sun
last dream from the faraway
she turns warm thoughts sweet
deepening breath curling feet
Strangers embrace rising heat

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Licata Haiku - 22


Blackberry jelly
on her lips in Sunday's nap
Dreams white horse running

Licata Tanka - 22


Blackberry jelly
on her lips in Sunday's nap
dreams white horse running
fingers tracing muscled flank
Waking rain wet, heart racing

Monday, February 26, 2007

Elegy, Ode and Verse for My Grandfather, William Hopkins Lawton ... by John Jay Anthony Licata


                               William Hopkins Lawton

                   

Gathering years
Upon the face
Youth is swept aside
From time and tide,

And left are silvering mantles
Of patina and pride
Against this shifted wind

Under light's dimming cloud,
With steady eye and tilted chin
Life's last stand be proud,

As long the sculpting heart
hammers hard in tempo
To the drum beats
Of the Nineteen Sixties,

And the songs of freedom's cry
Words of justice still warm the lips
And the American Eagle,
Aloft and still upon the high,
Her wing beats of the Eighteen Sixties
Echoing across the sky

And my mother's grandfathers,
Are standing tall with Lincoln,
His voice ringing like silver
And his horseman in the night
Is galloping, flag unfurled, towards destiny
As banners Americana
Seek Liberty's morning light.