Rogue Thoughts: A Guest Writer Wednesday Post

May 1st, 2013 | Posted by Irene in Poetry | Publication News

Rogue Thoughts

Rogue Thoughts, photo © Irene O’Garden, 2013,  Poem ©Robin O’Brien, 2013

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Four days in Washington, DC and three of teaching poetry plumped my week beyond normal.  Though the busying tried to elbow out my Wednesday post,  I have some wise words to share  from Portland’s Robin O’Brien. For years she has ardently supported creativity in others. Now she’s making time for her own work. When we spoke last week, Boston achingly echoing in both of us, she read the following piece to me.

 

ROGUE THOUGHTS

I wish I could reel in these rogue thoughts–

Sit them down at the table,

and teach them some manners.

They don’t belong here gathering angry steam

to vent at someone or other.

Come back here

I want to say.

Let’s find a way to know each other

Serve each other

Be catalysts for positive change

Not some random act of violence-

A desperate message from a nether world

Begging “pay attention”.

 

We are what we attend to.

Let’s love our children

Be kind

Accept differences,

And don’t let that rogue thought

Out of the room of self

Before transforming it,

Enlightening it,

Asking it why it is here

In the first place.

 

 

I’m proud to call her my sister. You can reach her by leaving a comment below.

Publication News: Mother’s Day Special! Glad To Be Human is 40% off till May 12 when you use this link. You can easily give it as a gift from the Untreed Reads site!

I will also shortly be doing a special Mother’s Day giveaway of Women On Fire on Goodreads!

I’ll be at The Children’s Museum of the East End Friday night May 3rd and Saturday May 4th reading “Forest What Would You Like?” North Country Books in Vermont just gave us a lovely print review (which alas I cannot upload at the moment.)

 

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  • Dan

    Thank you for sharing this, Irene. It speaks to, and for, so many of us – such shared experiences.

    • IreneOGarden

      You’re welcome, Dan–I’ll pass that on to the author–

  • Jackie

    Rogue thoughts. I can certainly identify with them. Horrible happenings and what can we do but our daily efforts to be kind, press forward.

    • IreneOGarden

      Right you are, Jackie–thanks.

  • Scott

    The image for my rogue thought was of a lonely wild stallion locked inside a wired fence. The stallion fears being tamed; to live among the other horses who are industrious, playful, and content. It doesn’t know that once it is able to calm itself – or be calmed – that the wire fence will come down and it will be able to, once more, roam the hills.

    • IreneOGarden

      How beautifully phrased–thank you, Scott.

  • M. M. King

    Enjoyed Robin O”Ryan’s poem! Thank you Robin!

    • Thanks! I’ll let Robin know–

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