My friend Carlene Greenlee sent me a couple of short poems to add to this endeavor.  Carlene lives on the Big Island (Hawai’i).

She says about them, “Both poems were influenced by feelings of love.  This old lady had no idea that being in love and ensuing heartbreak could occur at my advanced age.  These two poems represent a conduit of romance becoming heart break.  Heart ache remains an obscene affront to the passion, desire and  vulnerable heart.”


Heavy tropical rains, thunderous crescendo of sounds.

 I lie in my bed tangled in thoughts of loneliness

matched with my primal surrender to my deep feelings moored in affection.

Subterranean currents of need camouflaged for discovery in fluid grace.

April 17, 2015    Carlene Greenlee


My silent tears, the only warmth felt as my strangled sobs are contained

by  my pressed hand and coiled fingers, as though the little Dutch boy holding back the dam has given me lessons


My voice inflates with hesitant squeaky melancholy

before the pure rushes of air like bellows creates a visceral sound

of abject sorrow that gathers momentum

the hot spittle lubricates the sound, careening off the sheared canyons of my voice

A soliloquy of solace.

August 8, 2016. Carlene Greenlee

Picture credit:  Broken Heart by Suzanne Schroeder via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]


Please note:  If you would like to contribute a poem to this blog, please let me know by leaving a comment below.  I’d be happy to hear from you.

I do ask three things of my guest poets:

  • a poem of your own making that has great meaning and mana for you,
  • the back-story for the poem — what inspired you or how you made it or whatever you want to tell about it, and
  • an image you own that I can use as the featured photo in the header. (The last is optional. I do ask that the image you share is one you own — either an image of yourself or something that relates to the poem.  If you choose not to send an image, then I’ll go find something that works.)

If you click on this thing –> “Guest Poet Portal” you can submit a poem right now.


Thanks for your visit.  I’d appreciate it if you would drop a note or comment below and let me know your thoughts.

6 thoughts on “CARLENE’S POEMS

  1. Carlene’s poems certainly are beautiful and very deep in thought I have never been to the Big Island but through her words I can see so much and combining that with words of sorrow leaves me, as a reader, wondering what is going on in her life to express the sadness.
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Hey Angela…thanks for the visit and your comments. I’ll pass them along to Carlene. Please come again!

  2. Even though I’m not used to this kind of metric and rhythm, I can still feel the feelings behind the words. Congratulations to Carlene and best of luck and both her and your endeavors.

    I am not feeling inspired today, but on a later date I’d like to submit a poem myself. I’ll be looking forward to hear more from you.

    1. Hey Jorge: Thank you for wanting to submit a poem. When you’re ready, please contact me by leaving a comment for me below. I ask that you give me a poem made by you that holds deep meaning for you as well as the story of what inspired it or how it came to be made. You can write about any subject that inspires you, in any style you like.

      I like to have a header picture for each of my posts and you can choose to send me an image of whatever you think is relevant to the poem. Please send an image that is yours or that you have permission to use. If you want to send a picture of yourself, that’s cool too. If you choose not to send an image, I’ll find one.

      Thanks for the visit. Please come again….

  3. These two poems have touched me. Thank you for sharing Carlene’s poems. Whole-heartedly give her thanks. She has given me light by writing about her heartbreak experience.

    Thank you for opening your blog for us to share our poems. As a matter of fact, I have been writing a bit these days. And as Carlene’s poems helped me, mine may help others.

    1. Awww, Ann, thank you!  I shall let Carlene know how you were touched by her poems.  It is a thing that entrances me about poetry…the way we can use it to speak of our own vulnerabilities and give another person permission to consider their own.  

      It is always a good thing to know that your own weaknesses, foibles and eccentricities are shared by at least one other person, I say.  I think that knowing that others are also going through hard keeps us real and way more human, for one thing. 

      If you’d like to share a poem in my blog, you are most welcome to do so.  In any case, I hope you’ll keep visiting.

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