Thursday, January 17, 2019

Reverie by Renee Podunovich featured at Journey of the Heart: Women's Spiritual Poetry

by Howard Smith
I am pleased that my poem Reverie is currently featured at "Journey of the Heart: Women's Spiritual Poetry".

I have enjoyed this project for many years and am very happy to be included in their wonderful intention "to create a welcoming space where women can express themselves freely, as they learn to release their voices through the writing and sharing of poetry as a spiritual practice. That we, together, may communicate a sense of the power, wisdom and beauty of the feminine voice."
I can't think of a more perfect venue for my poems and voice!

Take a look at the site for my poem Reverie and other inspirations.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Stand in Her Danger: Poems from Deep Frost and Darkness

Winter Encounter
photo by Renee Podunovich

how she graced you

spirit of deer in the flesh of doe
meets me early this silvery morning,
her hide lavish and full against frost
and despite her large eyes and pure gaze
she understands
that she must harden off
like a willow sapling
or any tender thing
to survive the challenge of winter.

deep inside her innocence,
inside tissues and muscles,
fluids and organs,
and her endless errant feelings —
all cells now form a shielding layer
to protect her delicate heartwood,
her primal core that drives warmth and life  
through veins, as she exhales
            the heat of that vitality
            is steam on blue dawn air,
sunrise captured as frozen fractals in that mist,
her soul becoming ether,
stand in her danger!

no matter what you want from her,
she belongs to her own knowing,
her own shadow, her preservation instinct
deep as the crystals in her bones.
at any hint of harm, she bolts
through deepest snow, one instant of sensing
that you desire her capture —
and she disappears.

only the memory of her hot steaming breath,
so close you can imagine it on your cheeks,
how she graced you —
her mystery

-Renee Podunovich, 2019