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Writings, Observations, Poetry, Stories

The Yellow Blouse November 15, 2007

Filed under: Poetry — jojanoski @ 11:11 pm

The Yellow Blouse
Painting by William Merritt Chase

The Yellow Blouse

Sister dear, why stare you so
with eyes of coal?
Blackest black, deadened by woe
bulleting soul.

Tightened smile, eyes shooting pain,
what makes you sad?
Yellow blouse hides well your strain
to appear glad.

Mother made you wear that rag
despite words bold.
Lovely bodice wrapped in bags
of lace and folds.

The painter, he has your heart.
Love sick pain maze.
Your lips tighten, your eyes dart
under his gaze.

Hiding under yellow folds.
Heart beats denied.
Smothered love, truth never told.
Silent, you cried.

Copyright 2007 JO Janoski


Home Again May 1, 2007

Filed under: Poetry — jojanoski @ 9:13 pm

A workshop assignment to write a sonnet,
sea water as the topic.


Home Again


Weary, I traveled long and hard to find
Clouds white, blue sky, breezy whispers that kiss
Your bright face scrubbed and filling up my mind
A sensory delight I must not miss.
But more I yearned to kiss the gentle sea
At water’s edge to sink my heels in sand
And let salty waters creep up on me
Between my toes and rising where I stand
White tide splashing against my wasted soul
Washing away my pain in liquid grace
Rinsing off dark pangs colored just like coal
Now I turn to spy your lovely pink face
And all is well around my world of love
Graced by earthly promise and Eyes above.


Copyright 2007 JO Janoski


Like Frost April 24, 2007

Filed under: Poetry — jojanoski @ 8:18 am

Photo Copyright Ron Janoski

In honor of National Poetry Month
A Tribute to my favorite poet…


Like Frost


His love of nature stirs music within
Making brooks ring out like sleigh bells in snow
While mid-summer birds know when not to sing
Walk through his ghost house, aching hearts to know.


Share his sorrow under sweet autumn rains
Or gather flowers in soft morning glow
With darting birds and orchid-white pains
Remember to stop by woods with lush snow


Ponder his sorrow, bask in soothing sun
Join him next on the road less traveled by
Make all the difference, choosing that one
Like Frost, see life through nature’s patient eye.


Copyright 2007 JO Janoski


Tanka – Nature April 17, 2007

Filed under: Poetry — jojanoski @ 7:52 am
A Tanka About Nature

Earth’s fickle lover
On whimsy she showers rain
Next nods to make snow
Then claps her hands for thunder
Or paints new mornings with dew.

Copyright 2007 JO Janoski


Her Wonderful Richness April 10, 2007

Filed under: Poetry — jojanoski @ 8:31 am
A septet. A poem with syllables per line, seven lines, 3, 5, 7, 9, 7, 5, 3. Rhyme not necessary.

Her Wonderful Richness

Stars orbit her smile
That proud fair lady of grace
Radiating light, obscuring storms.
See her wonderful richness
Punctuated with
empty air.

Copyright 2007 JO Janoski

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Celebration April 5, 2007

Filed under: Poetry — jojanoski @ 7:20 am

A little reminder of warmer weather earlier this week:


Sunny yellow chimes
While warm breezes sing out loud
And angels hover
Spring fresh-air celebration
Of the daffodils.


Photo & Poem Copyright 2007 JO Janoski


Poets Speak Longer March 30, 2007

Filed under: Poetry — jojanoski @ 11:51 am

Based on the philosophical statement:
Cogito ergo sum, by Descartes

I think, therefore I am.



Poets Speak Longer

Inside the dusty cauldron
that passes for my mind
a picture show is playing
Jo’s Song, the annals of time.


In that fog I’m always young,
a chick of great importance.
Making heads turn, moving on,
exuding life and portent.


Truth be told, I’m young no more
On the outside I am gray.
But inside I’m full of fire
Eager for another day.


I’ll be here long after life,
speaking of my unique time.
Lingering words reciting
my days in rhythm with rhyme.


Copyright 2007 JO Janoski