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“A Few Haiku & Senryu (56)”

(c) 2023 by Michael L. Utley (#331) dusty stew pother memory lingers bythe cold hearth ….. (#332) a tiny sunin this cold dark hellgolden suisen ….. (#333) strings of kotofrom beyond the bamboo grovemy heart breaks again ….. (#334) don’t look at me, moonI’m not who you think I amdark night of the soul …..…

“Pussy Willow Catkin on Twig”

Trout Lake, near the small town of Telluride in southwestern Colorado, is my second-favorite spot on Planet Earth, just behind Heceta Head Lighthouse on the central Oregon Coast. I’ve posted a few images of the lake itself, snugly nestled in the laps of Sheep Mountain, Vermilion Peak, Golden Horn and Pilot Knob amid pine and…

“A Summer’s Field in Winter” published at MasticadoresIndia

I’m happy to announce that my poem “A Summer’s Field in Winter” has been published at MasticadoresIndia. I’m so grateful to Terveen Gill and her team for their support and kindness in publishing my poem. Terveen’s enthusiasm for writing inspires everyone and is such a wonderful catalyst for creativity. I’m both excited and humbled to have my poetry…

“A Few Haiku (55)”

(c) 2023 by Michael L. Utley (#325) to write is to breatheand I am suffocatingin silence ….. (#326) speak again of joyand the warmth of summer daysyour lies are comforting ….. (#327) pond icestretched thin as hopeand equally deceptive ….. (#328) some write of joyI write of experiencewould they were the same ….. (#329) pardon…

Featured Blogger at Myths of the Mirror Blog

I’m particularly delighted to announce my good friend and fellow writer Diana Wallace Peach has chosen to feature my blog on her Weekend Blog Share at Myths of the Mirror blog. I’m deeply humbled that she chose to showcase my blog this week. Diana is an accomplished writer and poet and her blog is a…

“Sandstone Formation & Tree”

Lisbon Valley is a relatively nondescript region in southeast Utah near Canyonlands National Park. While its redrock sandstone formations don’t rival the majesty of those found in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, it has its own hidden marvels, its own unique personality. In the late 1990s, I spotted this rock formation while exploring one late-autumn…

“A Few Haiku (54)”

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley (#319) the trees believed oncebefore they lost everythingthe lies of winter ….. (#320) for whom do you seekthere’s no one here but melong night moon ….. (#321) fetch the sickle moonlet us harvest ice blossomswinter star fields ….. (#322) sorrows of autumnkindle the warmth of winterthe blazing hearth …..…

“A Few Haiku (53)”

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley (#313) my world begins and endsat my windowlonely winter moon ….. (#314) blood and feathersthe sky falls into my palma young boy’s shame ….. (#315) calligraphy of sorrowetched on her wristsautumn’s demise ….. (#316) fast asleepin the heron’s bellythe stilt hut ….. (#317) one cup one bowl one spoonand…

“Odysseus” published at MasticadoresIndia

I’m delighted to announce that my poem “Odysseus” has been published at MasticadoresIndia. I’m so grateful to Terveen Gill and her team for their support and kindness in publishing my poem. Terveen is a writer’s greatest ally and her steadfast encouragement is a bottomless font of inspiration. I’m both honored and humbled to have my…

“Blue Lupine & Water Droplets”

There’s nothing quite like a country rain. In the region where I live, summer thunderstorms bring the arid landscape to life as everything seems to shimmer and glow, and the scents of wet sage, pine, juniper, earth and fresh air assault one’s olfactory sense like a heady brew. In this image from the late 1990s,…

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