Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Riehl (Real) Deal on WITS Podcast

Janet Riehl is an award-winning author, speaker, and creativity coach. Her poems, stories, and essays are widely published in national literary magazines. Janet’s work appears in three anthologies. She is 2006 finalist for Poet Laureate of Lake County, California. Her memoir of six generations told in story poems is Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary.

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Janet will be Yvonne Perry's guest on January 12, 2007 on Writers in the Sky Podcast. Learn how Janet started writing poetry after the tragic death of her beloved sister, and how she published her book through

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by Janet Grace Riehl

I offer her the first crocus.
Purple in a red-orange vase.
“That was Mom’s,” she said.
Yes. Francoma.
Cousin Cynthia showed me how to spot it.
Highly collectible.
An amphora crested with spring.

She draws closer to inspect it.
Tips it up to drink the water.
She starts to nibble the leaves and blossoms.
Flowers, Mom. To look at.

But, what if essence of crocus
surging through her bloodstream
is exactly what she needs?

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