Thursday, June 14, 2018

Simply a pause... outside the local Whole Foods...

the tall grass in flutter be
as too, the leaves of the maple tree
sweet sounding of the warm soft wind I hear
and too, the song bird song lyrical and clear 
the bright warming sun upon my face
and I in this moment's grace
sky lambent a wondrous blue
the all of creation to embrace you 
the NOW in each breath known
creation's glory so lovingly shown.

Rose Marie Raccioppi 
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Monday, June 4, 2018

Simply at the Twilight Hour...

Twilight Hour

under my feet the grass so lush and green
feel I a gentle quiver 
be this the very breath of creation
a silent yet resounding PRESENCE
the twilight hour
the horizon in tones of magenta
a momentary magic 
strokes of gray
the day so willingly surrenders
the day so willingly surrenders.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetiwn, New York

Saturday, June 2, 2018

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - Leonard Bernstein, New York Philhar...

Feel the pulse, the drama, the visions, the echoes of NYC 
in a canvas of sounding rapture...
Rhapsody in Blue  
The Sounding City

The hum of cars, sounding horns
Tongues of many languages
Bright lights, fancy clothes
Saturday nights in memory
This Manhattan reverie
Rhapsody in Blue

The sound of feet on tenement steps
The radio heard from next door
This and eternal moments more
Rhapsody in Blue

The running of numbers
The shoe shine stand
Police car sirens
Dancehall music
Yes, New York City 
Be it in reflections ever grand
Rhapsody in Blue

A vision beyond the alley window
Beyond what the street life demands
Rhapsody in Blue.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

YES, this the early years growing up in New York City... 
Manhattan streets sounding ...

Thursday, May 31, 2018

In the Garden

In the garden...
blooms in such winsome array
holding to the light of the dawning day
folds of color in majestic glory
be this, be this, Creation's story
beauty to behold in blooms divine
be this the gift of the NOW of time
in the garden heed I a beckoning call
celebrate, celebrate, the NOW of ALL.

Rose Marie Raccioppi 
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Photo: In the Garden, Collectible Clicks, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2018.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Watchfires, Memorial Day, 2018

And so they burn… WATCHFIRES

“Since 1987, Rockland County’s Vietnam Veterans have come together to build such fires according to the military regulations and specifications of the 1700’s.

* Watchfires are built every year on May 30th, the traditional Memorial Day. They are lit at midnight and burn until dawn on Memorial Day, then refueled at dark and burn til midnight again. Veterans stand watch, changing shifts through the night, and day, and night, as they had a generation ago.”

—Vietnam Veterans of America, Rockland County’s Chapter

Pictured here, on the sidelines of this photo, is the: 

The inscription on the monument is the heartfelt poetic tribute to OUR VETERANS by Rose Marie Raccioppi, Poet Laureate, Orangetown, New York.

To Honor Those Who Lived a Cause

Flowers and flags in devoted array
A loving tribute in homage this day
To honor those who lived a cause
This moment, this day, and so a pause
Hearts and souls in valor known
Right Intention and devotion shown
Battlefields of victory and plight
Through all beheld freedom’s light
Answered they did to liberty’s plea
That freedom be held for a you, a me
Sons and daughters, husbands and wives
Children of purpose have given their lives
The breath of freedom an endowment divine
Bequeathed to life yours, life mine
With valor and sacrifice they gave
And embraced the call yet to be brave
In memorial and reverence gather we
For held be the right that we live free
Memory of each life gone never to fade
Live we life’s blessings for sacrifice made.

EVER SHALL WE REMEMBER … with a special dedication to Jerry Donnellan for his vision made real…

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

...and why a poet this day in Memorial Tribute...
…a day of reverence, respect, a salute...
a quiet certainty… words that call to the silence
words that pulse the heart
praise be an expressive joy
an embracing gratitude
the rising of spirit 
the glory, the glory of the WORD in Memorial Tribute

beyond lament there is love
beyond shadow there is light
beyond despair there is divinity
beyond dismay there is beauty
beyond death there is eternal life

Be this the freedoms cherished
The lives in valor dedicated
The sons, the daughters, in service 
The visions held for freedom
The loss of limb, of life
The willingness to confront
The heart held resolve
The heart held resolve
Its ever present pulsing quest
Humankind to live in liberation
To be freed of domination
To be freed of oppression
To be SELF in expression

This the silent yet resounding pledge
This the rising in defense
This the Veteran in knowing sacrifice 

'Tis the vision of freedom and valor within souls we hail
Homage, gratitude to Our Veterans ever, ever, to prevail
And as we look to vistas far and the heavens above
Our Veterans in the embrace, in the embrace of God’s love.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Friday, May 18, 2018

In Reflection... Nebula

In Reflection...
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Robert Schumann
1810 - 1856

Stars and galaxies, vistas of splendor and glory
Within the secrets, the miracles of Creation's story
Stardust in waves of time and space
From which our spirit we to trace
Light beholden within our heart
From where love has its primal start
Known be the fire of the Creator's flame
And we the Presence of All so named.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

The Blue Horsehead Nebula in Infrared 
Image Credit: WISE, IRSA, NASA; Processing & Copyright :
Francesco Antonucci