Thursday, March 31, 2011


haiku reflection

a body of work
creativity in action
line, structure, shadow.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

He wrote...

Before me words upon paper cast
What is said and what is masked
What do these words deeply convey
What is it that the heart need say
The emptiness and fullness of life be told
By the words that seek to unfold
To make sense of all that comes to evolve
The soul ever in reach for TRUTH and resolve
What contradiction is there to live
What understanding will this day willingly give
Pain and dismay may not to others be shown
This torment held within to Self be known
Confines and pretense these shackles to unbind
And free shall be these taunts of heart and mind.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Le génie du mal, St. Paul's Cathedral, Liège, white marble, 1848, Guillaume Geefs. 1805-1883.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Today My Birthday...And Known BE

I dance and known be the stars

I breathe and known be the wind
I blink and known be the light

I sigh and known be the moon
I cry and known be the streams

I long and known be the rivers
I smile and known be the sun

I dream and known be the mountains
I change and known be the tides
I pine and known be the oceans
I love and known be all the heavens.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Mood...haiku reflections

blanketed in green
holding to the rain and sun
blooms of color bright.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Spring Mood, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Folds of Blue

Haiku Reflections

the PRESENCE of light
embracing folds and shadows
divine covenant.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Folds of Blue, Image ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Caverns of the Mind

Caverns of the mind
Fire of the soul
Depths and heights
Fields, waves, a soaring quest
Mood, desire, a heartfelt plea
Calling calling night
The flame the flight.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Caverns of the Mind, Watercolor, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This Season

light needs darkness
joy knows pain
love knows loss
life greets death
what was newly is
cycles, seasons, birth and rebirth
this season of Spring
the play of BEING to come
this season of Spring
bounty and glory as ONE.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Landscapes Inspired by Du Fu’s Poetic Sensibilities Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ideas Ideas Made Real

the play the theater
the drama staged
the brush the paint
the artistry unfolds
the line the shadow
the drawing to portray
the thought the reflection
the poetic word to convey
the vision the sculpture
the stone the clay reveal
ideas ideas made real.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Still life painting with studio tools, Oil on canvas, Robert Talbot.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Music, The Music... Bach - Cello Suite No.1 i-Prelude

1748 Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach at 63 (Source: The Face of Bach)

The Music The Music

resounding voices of spirit be heard
the knowing of soul and the glory of THE WORD
strings touched by faith and devotion of BEING true
and known be the majesty of music on to you
the MUSE claims the heart and the quest divine
the music the music made yours made mine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging.
Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750.

Johann Sebastian Bach, 21 March 1685 – 28 July 1750, was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

And so it is...

the tear yet falls
the smile yet comes
a loss, a birth
the setting and rising sun

the tear yet falls
the smile yet comes
the thorn, the bloom, petals to unfold
strength, protection, our story be told.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Noon hour in Tappan, New York

ah such a sweet chorus of song birds do sing
calling melodies of the coming Spring
warming sun and so bright a lambent sky
the delight of majestic blue on high
fresh and light be this noon day air
this day's offering so wonderfully fair
with all that calls to heart this day
blessed be nature's bounty and THE WAY.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

image credit: blog/?startidx=345

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day in Tappan, New York

today in Tappan, New York the call of Spring is heard
in the warming sun and chirping song bird
robins in flight and busy they be
perched on barren branches of the towering tree
scampering squirrels by two in play run
gathering, nesting, much to be done
mounds of snow be they gone in final melting away
and grass new and green be the beckoning of Spring this day
the wearing of Green be nature's ever present delight
and to all a Happy St. Patrick's Day filled with joy and light.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Prods of Passion

prods of passion this alchemic quest
golden light of soul be this moment's decree
within the depths of darkness this breath's ebb and flow
the sounding silence of PRESENCE known within me
to this rapture of faith and love I willingly surrender
beyond all loss, pain, darkness and despair
ever the endowment of CREATION, light and care
to its enfolding embrace I shall succumb
to this golden light of sun and life I, ALL, ONE.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Prods of Passion, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Music Yet Heard ~ In Memory of William R. Hargrove, 1926-2010. Founder/Music Director, Carnegie Room Concerts, Nyack, New York

In dedication to the memory of
William R. Hargrove

Many a sounding memory from performances of a yesteryear
From a heartfelt dream and a vision held clear
A love of music a tradition of presentation
Brought he an outstanding series held in celebration
A tradition to endure and brought forward this day
Alive and resounding music brought our very way
One could feel the pleasure and the delight he knew
A pause a deep breath of satisfaction made known to you
A gentle smile and applause he did ever share
For blessed he felt by music and its loving care
In gratitude be he held in day present and memory sublime
For all yet held in heart, the Muse divine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Music Yet Heard, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

The Carnegie Room concert series has a long history: It was established in 1982 by pianist William Hargrove as the St. Paul's Festival of the Arts, with concerts held at St. Paul's Church in Nyack. When Yashar Yaslowitz joined as co-director in 2007, it was renamed the South Nyack Recital Series, with a focus on solo piano performances. Shortly afterward, when Hargrove retired, Yaslowitz became executive director.

In loving gratitude for all that William Hargrove has brought to so many do plan to attend, March 19, Saturday at 7:30 pm, Carnegie Room Concerts, The Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway, Nyack, New York - 845-608-3593 -

In Memory of William Hargrove
Founder/Music Director, Carnegie Room Concerts
Jennifer Eyges, soprano; Peter Tarsio, piano
Beethoven — ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, Op.27 No.2
Granados — La Maja y el Ruiseñor
Chopin — Waltz in E minor, Op.posth.
Schumann — In der Fremde; Widmung
Schubert — Die Forelle; Serenade
Bizet — Habanera
Songs and Arias by Handel, Mozart, Tosti, Pucini
March 19, Saturday at 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

...and be it affirmed... Flower of Faith

this night be it dark
quivering roots of despair
take not hold
spirit spirit awaken
bequeathed I to the light
this radiant bloom
flower of faith be known.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Night Bloom, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.