Monday, April 30, 2012

the rain...the sun... and green in bloom... haiku reflections...

the quiver of green
leaves in bloom hold to the light
sun and earth as one.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Image: Quiver of Green, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2012.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Interlude ... haiku reflections...

night of indigo
awakening of spirit
dream's beckoning call.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Image: Interlude, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2012

I gave a presentation at the Orangetown Town Board this evening, a poetic tribute to commemorate National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day. Upon entry to the night, I was captivated by indigo and the spirit of light that prevailed... and so the words ... and so the image... 

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Poem in Your Pocket Day - April 26, 2012

Wisdom of All

Oh how the mind conceives the thought
With restlessness your heart is wrought
For there is a just and kingly goal
Distant yet touching your crying soul
Be burdened not by task and deed
Lest you be lost to the greater creed
Inspired by self and the knowing within
Shall you pass the haunt, the doom of the din
Listen dear child to thy self sovereign and wise
Heed not to temptation, deception and lies
For it is the tear of joy that you shall weep
When the Promise you vow, you do keep
And when you reach and court the dream
With God's love stand thou supreme
Deception takes not your abiding soul
You have reached a kingly goal
As many may doubt and may berate
You shall prevail for love is thy fate
Guide the children, know their call
With God's tender love and wisdom of all.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

This a poem ever in my pocket, ever a reminder, ever an affirmation...

Angel and Child, Relief Sculpture, Ellen Mary Rope, 1855-1934.
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For those who may be interested in my work with all learners across the age span, I have provided a link at the close of the posted poem. The second posted link, is to a "Commentary" that you may find of particular interest. Our children deserve all the understanding and support we can provide. Yes, we adults are to be guided as well. As a student of life, each child brought before me is another opportunity to learn, to guide and to be guided. To educate is to bring forward. May a shared vision bring us to the APOGEE of our potential, our understanding and our knowing support of all children.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Poetry in Celebration ... National Poetry Month


Who heeds the words of this poet
Who listens to these echoes of heart
Who feels the yearnings and the fire
Who sees the vision held clear

Is it the wind that whispers its own song
Is it the sun that warms and nourishes
Is it the moon that sheds its light
Is it the star that guides our way
Is it the stranger who extends a hand
Is it the child who gives a knowing smile
Is it the soul in its moment of call
Is it God in all present grace

Who heeds the words of this poet
Who listens to these echoes of heart
Who feels the yearnings and the fire
Who sees the vision held clear.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York 

Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Laurel Wreath, Pastel, Rosalba Giovanna Carriera, Italian, 1665-1757.

Tomorrow is Poem In Your Pocket Day!

The idea is simple. On April 26, 2012, National Poem in Your Pocket Day, carry a poem in your pocket and share it with co-workers, family, and friends. On Poem in Your Pocket Day, celebrated each year during National Poetry Month, poems from pockets will be unfolded at events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores in all 50 states throughout the country. Choose your own pocket poem from ... copy/print/share/enjoy!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Socrates... beheld be the poet...

“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.” ...Socrates

This Poet's Pen

This poet's pen with plea in heart
From which words have their start
A tree, a blossom, a water's flow
These the gifts of grace the poet does know
The music, the wind, a songbird heard
The poet so touched and offers a word
The spirits of song, of dance, of music, of art
From the poet's pen ne'er shall they depart
The muse of all to entreat her pleasure
Words of musing, this poet's treasure.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Sarcophagus of the Muses, detail: Socrates and a muse. From Rome. Marble, 150-160 BCE MA 475
 Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Grecques/Romaines, Paris, France

Monday, April 23, 2012

Twenty Six Letters of the English Alphabet and come they forth... w..o..r..d..s.. in Celebration of National Poetry Month... the palette of the poet...

National Poetry Month ~ April 2012
"Words are things, and a small drop of ink
falling like dew upon a thought
produces that which makes
thousands, perhaps millions, think."

Lord Byron, 1788-1824

Words, those markers of thought, sounding within us, hanker for expression. Words, those marks upon paper, our own or that of another find their meaning within us. A poem, its meter, its rhythm, its rhyme, its structure, its pulse, calls for our attentive consideration. Within the words, the line, the totality of a poem, we to find meaning, inspiration, an accord, a resolve and yes, another question.


WORDS words

words for prayer words for play
for the faith and frolic of our day
for the politician's power quest
words chosen thought to be best
words that conjure thoughts of freedom, the held ideal
words to affirm a continued and favored appeal
words of the lovers passionate and sweet
to assure affectionate embraces when they do meet
words to praise and hold gratitude true
gems and jewels when bestowed upon you
words of inspiration holding to nature's grace
to bring us to another time another place
words of faith, vision and quest
within each held life's behest
the poet's game to choose words well
to touch those chambers where heart and soul dwell.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996,
National Poetry Month
is now held every April to celebrate poetry
and its place in American culture.

Celebrate National Poem In Your Pocket Day. The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.

select a favored poem, copy/print, pocket and share!

Still life with books and a globe, Jan Davidsz de Heem, (Utrecht 1606 - 1683/84 Antwerp),
Signed and dated on the book at the centre:
Johannes / de Heem / Fecit Anno / 1628

This signed Still life with books and a globe of 1628 dates from the Leiden period of Jan Davidsz de Heem, generally regarded as one of the most important and multifaceted still-life painters of the Golden Age. De Heem painted six further still lifes with books while in Leiden, where he had settled in  or before 1625.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day ~ Mother Earth ~ 2012

May our awareness, our discernment, our knowing wise, as a community of people from all parts of this Earth, bring a renewed reverence to Mother Nature and her Divine intelligence. Let us rise above the corporate greed and impeding control... of those who ravage Mother Earth by pesticides, toxins, poisons, manipulation and GMO domination. We are more in numbers, more with endowed power, more with right intention, and must appreciate WE ARE THE CHANGE that is to BE!!! WE and Mother Earth deserve no less... all with blessings and love...

Mother Earth's Pulsing Passion

Mother Earth's pulsing passion
Red depths of the seas
Throbbing waves
Cresting cry
Resounding life's call
Heed well her plea
Heed well her plea.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mother Earth ~ Ravage Not ~ Earth Day 2012

Mother Earth ~ Ravage Not

Inspired Spirit and Blessings shall prevail
There is Love beyond travail
That knowing faith within heart
From which a questing peace has its start
A vision beyond the perceived despair
So be our wondrous destiny in God's care
Light and TRUTH be they the resounding plea
Over our lands from sea to sea
Gather our thoughts and a new vision clear
Beyond all illusions beyond all fear.

Ravage not the land nor sea
Heed the echoed cry and plea
Heard in the crashing wave and thunderous sky
In valleys, plains and mountains high
Hold this Earth in reverent care
Protect our gifts of water and air
Take not in abuse a mineral or gem
Behold the wonder of each bloom, leaf and stem
Trees to flourish, 'tis bounty's call
The knowing grace of Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Earth, animals, a you, a me
Nurture wise and abundance be.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Friday, April 20, 2012


Within the breath... within the soul...


Right Intention

so it BE - Birth Eternal...

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Awakened Faith, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2012.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Outside My Window

outside my window
the setting sun
colors majestically brilliant
a beckoning twilight
songbirds singing ever so sweetly
dogwood in white blossoming array
such savor such savor at close of day.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Dogwood, Photo: CAR, Colectible Clicks, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2012.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Star Light

that shining star that glows within
its light to hush the cacophony the din
its path to guide and ever reveal
the questing journey beyond conceal
daunting echoes of judgments ill
darken the spirit and weaken the will
be they gone and be your TRUTH heard
the blessings of Self and the known Word
be it Praise for expression creative and true
this ever the star light that shines within you.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Image Credit & Copyright: Copyright: Ivan Eder, Antares and Clouds,
Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Thank You Paula
Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond - YouTube

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

...a palette...a brush... Hues A Flow...

...when the quietude whispers 'tis...

the ocean's roar in the shell
the breath's longing in the heart
the creator's dance in the soul
the artist's hues a flow.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Hues A Flow, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2012.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Golden Light

the city graced by blooms of Spring
golden light and joy the tulips do bring
delicate petals and leaves of light
this be Spring in wondrous delight
blessings of beauty in full array
so be the gift of grace this day.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Golden Light, Photo: PFR Tulips, Park Avenue NYC, Collectible Clicks, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2012.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Sounding Light

the sounding light
the sounding light
the sounding light
the sounding light

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

The Sounding Light, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2012.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Divine Frenzy

Divine frenzy spirit winds a flame
Willowy and wild waves of elation
Moments imbued by the Creator's hand
The cloak of mortal clothing shed
Flaring fiber of soul newly woven into self
To BE is known
And psalms of praise laud.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Astronomy Picture of the Day, Lagoon Nebula, Credit & Copyright: Fred Vanderhaven

Divine Frenzy, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, 2008, Publish America.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kanji: Eternity

Eternity In Eight Strokes

eternity in this moment real
passions past passions present beyond conceal
eight strokes with a hand be they known
from which yearning and knowing be shown
eight strokes with brush and ink to define
all time present, the Infinite, the Divine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

This is a kanji character (Chinese characters used in Japan) meaning "eternity", pronounced "ei" in Japanese. This character is traditionally used to practice writing kanji because it embodies the eight basic strokes used in calligraphy. The image you see here was drawn by Lorna Chang.

Gifted to me... Wondrous Beauty

A loving thought brought my way
A flower gifted to me this very day
Such beauty and bloom in travels be sought
And to one's heart Italy be brought
Passion's color and light be known
Wondrous beauty be it shown.

Thank You Matt

Rose Marie

Photo: I took this in Italy. By: Matt Fascaldi

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Rolling Stones - "Dandelion" (1967)

"...dandelion don't tell no lies..."

Wild Be Your Spirit

wild be your spirit
knowing be your grace
purpose be your destiny
upon field and farm a found place
behold these offerings brought this day
within be Creation's telling way
destroy not this messenger that ever calls
to understand the guiding love of All.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

"A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill
except for learning how to grow in rows."
Doug Larson

"A weed is but a misunderstood beauty."
Rose Marie Raccioppi

Image: Coutesy of Linda Thompson.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wind, Wind, Wind...

Oh wind, wind, wind
It speaks not a word
Yet its call is known
It is not to be seen
Yet its presence is felt
It is from distance afar
Yet its touch is near
It is ever so free
Yet in bondage to sail and mill
Oh wind, wind, wind
What mysteries you reveal.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Oh Wind, Wind, Wind, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Publish America, 2008.

Claude Monet, French Impressionist, 1840 - 1926, A Windmill Near Zaandam Netherlands, 1871.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Blessed BE... Birth Eternal

Ever the Blessings of Life Eternal

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - Pieta (1876)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Last Supper

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (King James Version)

23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) - The Last Supper (1495-1498)

Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy

Monday, April 2, 2012

Little Hands

Wonder and question
so fills the day
Objects and toys
for fun filled play
Little hands make light
of furrow and frown
Within their soul
they wear the King's Crown
Upon their throne
of majesty and light
They create a world
of magic and delight.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Portrait relief of children, Ellen Mary Rope, sculptor (1855-1934), 1898.