Saturday, November 16, 2019

...and so I ponder...


A leaf, a gem, a crystal, a mineral... and so I ponder...

Could leaves be the very messengers that speak the language of rubies, emeralds, jade, citrine, peridot, tourmaline, malachite? 

These among the myriad of gems of Creation... 
All Above All Below... 
each leaf, each tree, to feed the Earth, 
to transform the Light into crowning jewels. 

A leaf, a gem, a crystal, a mineral... and so I ponder...

As I step into my garden I to greet
The sounding feel of leaves below my feet
From that mighty Oak tree ever strong and tall
This blanket of fallen leaves, gift of Fall
Amber, red, orange and colors of gold
Trees of Birch, Dogwood, mark time and a story told
Leaves alight and with winds do flee
Season of change this be Fall's decree
Warming sun, touched by the morning air
November's gift this hour, sky so blue so fair
These gems of trees in colors bright
Behold the benediction of Creation's light
And so the leaves in time, a blessed alchemy
Mother Earth delivers anew gems of light to be.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Photo: Collectible Clicks, Rose Marie Raccioppi, Credit: Bruno Monginoux.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Veterans Day Tribute 2019...


Words delivered In tribute this Veterans Day, 2019

The gifts of LIFE with vision blessed and bold
This the giving within each Veteran's story told
Loyalty, dedication, ascending care be they known
This in valor by our sons and daughters shown
Courage to hold to freedom's call and light
In perseverance the challenge be it day or night
Fortitude, strength, imbued with heart's noble call
Sacrifices of body, limb, in this a growing toll
And when returned to home's welcomed shore and land
Let us in caring response put support in command
It is resolve that humanity calls to be known
Within the grasps of faith, love and TRUTH be shown
The dream yet dreamed shall unfold
And PEACE to be our story told
This gift of knowing to mark the rising way
And we in tribute give honor to our Veterans this very day.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York


Indeed a heart touching gathering of community in honor and in gratitude for 
OUR VETERANS, Tappan, New York

As Poet Laureate, Orangetown, New York, I delivered these words ... ever with respect, ever with love, ever in praise... They shall be framed and are to be hung in the Community Room, of HOMES FOR HEROES, Tappan, New York. In commemoration of, "ORANGETOWN HOLIDAY FOR HEROES," Celebration and Brunch.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

In the Embrace of the Warming Sun



The offerings of this day onto thee
Brilliant be the sun on the towering tree
Gems of color in glorious array to behold
Crimson, gold, russet, Autumn’s story told 
Birds in flight, their sweet song now be heard
Known be Creation’s Love, Creation’s WORD
Fluttering leaves to blanket the ground
As above, so below, gifts of grace be they found.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

...and this outside my window...


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Tale of Fall Be Told



Each color, a secret held, until the season renewed its vow
For the splendor of color to soar free from branch and bough
In the embrace of the lambent sky and sun so very bright
Leaves of radiant color swept by autumn winds in wistful flight
Brilliant hues of orange, crimson, red, burgundy, and gold
A blanket of leaves upon the ground, the tale of Fall be told.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Blanket of Leaves, ©Collectible Clicks, Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2019.



Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday RAIN...



Sunday RAIN...

From trees young, towering, mighty and tall
The spoils of time, the gifts of Fall
Rains and south winds yesternight
A sky of gray holding to this noon day light
Each fallen leaf laden with the falling rain
Their wind swept flight put to tame
A brimming blanket of leaves upon the ground
Quiet they lay, gone their rustling sound
Soft be this bedding of leaves from branch and bough
Winds of Autumn true to the splendor of this season's vow.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York


Monday, September 23, 2019

Mood of a Season New... here in Tappan, New York


lambent blue and clouds of light
gentle wind and sun lovingly bright
be we embraced this new Fall day
the blessed grace of God's Way
the firmament heralds heartfelt love
the glory upon earth from the heavens above.


Rose Marie Raccioppi 
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York


Photo: Lambent Blue, CAR, Collectible Clicks, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2019

At Old Hook Farm




a flower in its grace of bloom
touched be this heart...



Photo: Grace of Bloom, CAR, Collectible Clicks, 
©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2019.