Legacy ( In memory of Stephen Wagner)

First Snow in Angel GardenFirst Snow in Angel Garden

Legacy

The snow, falling softly,

spreads a silent blanket

over the winter landscape.

However, it does not sooth

a heart heavy with grief.

Love cannot be contained -

defiantly crosses death’s boundary.

The words will remain,

insightful and strong.

The burden of remembrance

lighten by these verses

that trace his thoughts

and serve as a guide

to hold him among us

through the transit of time.

Lainie Senechal 1/7/2022

Amesbury’s beloved second Poet Laureate, Stephen Wagner, left us after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. His contribution to the community and culture of Amesbury will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

New Year’s Mist

Cloudy Sky

Cloudy Sky

New Year’s Mist

The New Year opens softly

with no whoosh of winter winds -

only a mantle of mist

that masks the way forward.

Dark trunks stand stoically

as they wait for a change

but all movement as ceased.

A future full of secrets

which cannot be foretold.

The fog has secured

any chance to glimpse

what lies on the further shore.

One hopes for an answer.

Silence is the only reply.

Lainie Senechal

Sanctuary #3

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Sanctuary #3

The snowflakes fly

in early winter air,

lay a white coverlet

over the sparse landscape.

It stills the endless rustle

of dry leaves – brings

a silence and sanctuary

to the unsettled senses.

When the sun returns

it warms the long icicles

which slowly drip from roof.

Although it is not clear

when the next storm

will strike, we can only

wait because the season

has barely begun.

Lainie Senechal

Autumn’s Ending

Autumn Wind

Autumn Wind

Autumn’s Ending

It is no great surprise

in late autumn to behold

a flurry of flakes that move

briskly in the cool breeze.

The fall season is ending -

winter will soon commence.

The full Frost Moon lies

low on the horizon,

lays a rope of silver

on the lake’s dark surface.

Its light gently fades

in the slow rising of the sun.

Lainie Senechal

Autumn Breeze

Flurry of Leaves

Flurry of Leaves

Autumn Breeze

The last of the brilliant leaves

fall in autumn’s blustery breeze

that rocks the bare branches.

Only gray lichen remains,

attached to the dark trunks.

Toads have dug deep into soil,

transformed to a torpid state

to avoid freezing temperatures.

The lake remains lively

with many migrating ducks

that dive and feed before

traveling further south.

Lainie Senechal

Rising Spring

Daffodil Blossom

Daffodil Blossom

Rising Spring

The rising sun glows red -

gleams on the morning lake

as a sharp breeze from the sea

clears away night’s fog

and leaves nothing but

a trail of thin pink clouds.

The nearly absolute emptiness

of early spring is awoken by

a frenzied burst of color

and vibrations of myriad voices

which saturate the warming air

filling the soul with delight.

Lainie Senechal

Spring’s Promise

Spring Tulips

Spring Tulips

Spring’s Promise

Tonight I hear some sounds

after waking from a reverie.

Is it my neighbors’ voices

talking across their yards,

or the call of geese arriving

from the South for a stopover

to sleep before the journey North?

No matter, spring will not relent

in its steady stride forward,

despite our petty protests.

It is not concerned with

our measures or mortalities –

spring keeps it own promises

and will , after all, prevail.

Lainie Senechal

Longing

Return of the Sun

Return of the Sun

Longing

Milder weather sparks an insatiable

desire for the golden moments

of a bright new season.

After days of bitter cold

even a sunny afternoon

inspires a lust for warmer hours.

In late February the heart

would love a quick transition

from winter into spring.

Lainie Senechal

Lainie will present art and poetry in the upcoming event: “SANCTUARY” An uplifting virtual presentation of Art, Music & Poetry
Premiere Virtual Event: Sunday, Feb. 28th @ 7:00pm For more information and a link go to kajiasostudioevents.com.

Snowstorm

IMAG0032Winter Bird Feeder

Snowstorm

The snow blows in from the sea -

creates fragile white blossoms

on the end of thin azalea branches

and erects ivory statues on objects

that remain in a winter yard.

The distant sun glints off

large mounds in the shiny coverlet

which now shrouds the land.

Lainie Senechal

Announcement: Lainie will have art and poetry in this virtual exhibition: KAJI ASO STUDIO presents An uplifting virtual presentation of Art, Music & Poetry inspired by the theme of SANCTUARY. Online Premiere: Sunday, February 28th  at 7:00 p.m. EST. This event is FREE and open to the public. More info: administrator@kajiasostudio.com