Catherine Chandler's Poetry Blog

Thursday, October 20, 2016

75,000 and counting!

Since I started my poetry blog in November 2010, there have been more than 75,000 visits to the pages and posts.

Thank you!

To celebrate this milestone, below is my Fibonacci sonnet, "To the Iron Goddess of Mercy"*

To the Iron Goddess of Mercy

roes on
the table
its wavelets bending
falling crest over trough into
the imaginary axis of reality

as I take my Krazy Glued teacup out of hiding
may the kettle whistle softly
may the day stay calm
may comets
swirl in

* - Ti Kuan Yin, Guanyin, or Iron Goddess of Mercy, is one of the most prized oolong teas. This poem is a Fibonacci sonnet with ostensible mathematical references to the Argand Diagram and Huygens's Principle of Diffraction.

Sunday, October 16, 2016



I rode the rapids of the Iguazú
and flew above the falls at Devil’s Throat.
I sailed the Beagle Channel on a boat
that nearly capsized as it ran into
a thrashing squall. I paddled on the Plate,
the Jaguarão, the Corcovado; swam
the Paraná and didn’t give a damn
about piranhas or the spotback skate.

Those were the waters of the wild in me.
Now time has tamed the tenor of my dream
and I am drawn back to the source, the stream
I disregarded as an absentee—
the Susquehanna, ancient, faithful, strong.
The river that had borne me, all along.

(by Catherine Chandler, first published in The Literary Bohemian, Issue 22, April 2015)