Sunday, July 31, 2011

... early evening here in Tappan, New York

the caress of the warming sun
the lilting drift of the hour
tender touch of the gentle winds
and so the blush of the summer sky.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Winds of Summer, Watercolor, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, Skyscapes,

Saturday, July 30, 2011

...celestial tides... in haiku reflection...

ascension be known
the cresting celestial tides
this grace of spirit.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

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Ascension, Watercolor, Skyscapes, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi,

Friday, July 29, 2011

Canes at Play..

Bamboo in graceful bow and sway
Holding the sun’s light in brilliant verdant array
Dancing shadows of supple canes I to behold
Among the lithe and lush leaves touches of gold
A late afternoon, gifts of a summer day
The wind, the robin’s song and bamboo canes at play.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Bamboo - Canes at Play, Photo, CAR, Collectible Clicks, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Wind and the Willow - New availability...

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Thank You

Best always,

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Vortex... in haiku reflection...

this alchemic flow
the golden light of breath known
vortex of BEING.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

In Dedication to a dear friend that he be healed...

Alchemic Flow, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Green ... green...

a wondrous dance divine
vines, branches, stems and bloom
earth and sun
this bonding passion of nature
field, forest and garden green
field, forest and garden green.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

'Tis Green, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Monday, July 25, 2011


mystical rapture
blissful frenzy
from the depths of BEING
vibrant waves
pulsing desire
fervent flame of SOUL.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York,

for larger view click on image

Passion, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ribbon of Light...

across the field of time and space
a ribbon of light, a path to trace
what destiny from vistas vast
be decreed, be in moments cast
the echo of a yesterday gone by
the NOW be its hue and cry
be the Presence, glory of breath real
a ribbon of light, the soul to reveal.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Ribbon of Light, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

...primordial light...

this primordial light
and I within its cosmic journey
dream vistas hold to the night
breath of deep time
within the light, the breath, the pulsing star
Birth Eternal
all receiving all giving
the I AM
in Spirit's Glory.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Primordial Light, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sun and Earth ... haiku reflections...

golden light of sun
blessings in bountiful bloom
cloak of warmth divine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Sun and Earth, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

...captivating surrender...sleep

midnight be the hour
tranquility be the moment
blue be its blush
the night in full bloom
a celestial garden of blue
the dark beckons
drift I into raven enfolds
suspended and embraced
captivating surrender
floret firmament of sleep
floret firmament of sleep.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Sleep, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

...from the falling rain...

summer night in the garden
green fresh from the falling rain
quiet winds
a stillness
an embracing warmth
the gentle quiver is felt
green in its glory of Being.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Green, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011. in New York... in haiku reflection...

a summer night storm
welcomed are the cooling winds
rain's promise fulfilled.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Summer Storm, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Monday, July 18, 2011 serenade...

twilight be the hour
and a garden serenade
the song of summer secrets
the quiet passion of violet bloom
the tender touch of green
the depths of the nurturing earth
the flowing waters held
perfumed be the stillness
twilight be the hour
and a garden serenade.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Garden Serenade, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Friday, July 15, 2011

By the pond...

...sitting by the pond...

so lush is the green
blooms in alchemic grace
beholden to the light
libation in sweet refrain.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

By the Pond, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Indigo Calling

...indigo calling...

the night descends
thoughts prevail
and heard is the indigo calling
this vesper melody of soul
impassioned be this heart
lilting grace of Being.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Vesper Melody, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


...magenta... haiku reflections...

tango of my mind
the passions of magenta
dance dance calls the soul.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Magenta, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Divine Rapture

...divine rapture...

hear the robins sing
petals of flowers flutter
colors held by the sun's light
sweet scent carried by a gentle wind
fragrant be the dance of light
felt is the pulsing passion
the flowing grace of breath
this the divine rapture
palette of bloom
caressed by a summer day new.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Divine Rapture, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Friday, July 8, 2011


swaddled in your spell
cradled in galaxy light and wind
suspended in time
beyond Earth to distant worlds
within this enfold of slumber
held by the sweet graces of sleep
feel I your beckoning
know I your majesty
your guiding light to dawn.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Morpheus, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cosmic Crown

cosmic crown of consciousness
light of the Omnipresent
reign I in the Kingdom of SELF
galaxies alchemic, majesty eternal.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Cosmic Crown, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

cosmic fire...the dawn...haiku reflection...

this river of light
cosmic fire of sweet slumber
journey to the dawn.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Cosmic Fire, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Monday, July 4, 2011

...and so Declared ~ July 4, 1776

Let us honor and protect the freedoms declared...

In Celebration
July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

...their Words...our Cause...Freedom's Call...

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Words That Inspired the Defining of America...

Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams draft the
Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Illustration courtesy Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, Library of Congress

In Celebration of Freedom's Call
Happy 4th of July America