Wednesday, February 14, 2018

For Kazemi a Stump Ghazal

 A Call to Say you Leave for Paris in an Hour

I will go to Paris?
With last few trees
I want to learn more
I want to thank you
You are to delete me?

How will I know Rome?
Po river bronze or gold
I want to learn more
I want to thank you
You are Mars of Todi.

Am I a mere potter?
Main love is complete
I want to learn more
I want to thank you
Leopard of iron oxide.

Why wave goodbye?
Valentines Day tears
I want to learn more
I want to thank you
For I am only C. G.

Poem and image Copyright February 14, 2018 Caroline Gerardo

Monday, January 15, 2018

Poem Resolution

Avoid Prius and Civic drivers
Be a listener for my children
Care of flowers in the garden
Do things that overcome, fix
Earn trust of creative souls
Find the one true love
Go where heart is happy
Hunt for beta reader to edit
Ignore aches when I hike
Jump at opportunity to travel
Know my worth and say no
Love earthly and celestial 
Manage money to grow
Need organic healthy food
Opt away from drinking 
Pray the rosary daily
Quit negative self-doubt
Remember greet morning
Savor change is my path
Thankful grateful appreciate
Undo knots that waste time
Value my plans and goals
Wear a coat of strength
X's are not my worry
Yearn for better and do so
Zzz for sleep to recharge

Caroline Gerardo copyright 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Flight Poem

New Years Present to You
Watch my video, 
fly blind with Vespers
 touch ultramarine surmount
release earthly worry
 shun sulfur grass hurry
say no to waste of time
make the change, 
problems evaporate
sparrows chase a river
 your strength won't shiver

Much Love 

Caroline Gerardo
Copyright  © January 4, 2017

Flight Poem

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sorry To Disrupt The Peace Review

Second book I've read in 2018. 
In 2017 I didn't review many of more than two hundred books I read.
This year I hope to write a review of one or two a month. 

Helen Moran hears the news, her adopted brother dies of apparent suicide. We follow Helen on a one way journey back to her not home to uncover the secrets of his death. At the onset she tells us, "At the time of his death I was a thirty-two-year-old woman, single, childless, irregularly menstruating and partially employed. …Long, long ago I made peace with my plainness."

Helen is not a reliable narrator. She describes her genius at being ethical and detachment from the needy teens at her work. Helen is not "Sister Reliability" as she embellishes, lies and misdirects us with banal details. 

What is uncovered is a dark longing to connect with a past that is not Korean or American, not Midwestern or Urban. 

Patty Yumi Cottrell weaves a story that we must pick through the comedy and magic tricks to come to grips with suicide. 

Cottrell's prose is beautifully clear at haunting the reader's brain to fill the gaps and uncover the signs.
She's not sorry to disrupt. 

Five stars

I own this book if you want to borrow it. 

Newsworthy, off topic the Sea of Trees in Japan, the Aokigahara forest is the down fall of another soul this week  
For immediate intervention:
United States of America – National Suicide Hope Line – 1-800-784-2433. United Kingdom – 08457 90 90 90 or Assistance is available in other countries through

 additional resources with help:

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

N F L Sparrow

National Football League Sparrow Poem

Dave Duerson sat next to me on a plane.
A massive hero in a first class seat.
Stewardess offers him Cristal Champagne,
writing notes in my moleskin, I refrain.

Raise the armrest, as I am bantam freight.
He chuckles at the gesture as a giant,
brushes the laptop as if dust holds weight.
Conversation digs into complaint.

Dave desires to share early history
perhaps book, or memoir of his childhood,
not the NFL, the stand-up story,
before a brute American manhood.

When NFL ends violence in play,
hear stadiums full cheer another day.

Caroline Gerardo ©  copyright 12/20/2017

#cardinals #bears