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Quotidian Marvels
Marilyn Zelke Windau


Silver flashes of sunlit birch leaves
A copper penny in the parking lot
The hoot of an owl at midnight
An email from a forgotten friend
Snowflakes on my tongue
An ecstatic monarch hovering milkweed
Music that snares, then dances my feet
The snort of a four-year-old’s laughter
An unexpected thank you
Lakeshore wave foam greeting toes
Golden Book’s Mr. Dog in sky clouds
Dust glitter in lamplight
Five piglets cuddling
Sautéed onions and garlic in red Bolognese
Bamboo sheets
The fountain of a grey whale’s exhale
My portrait in a polished tabletop
Page warmth from the reading lamp
Salt water taffy-filled teeth topography
Whir-breezes through five-needled white pines
Dark roast Kona grinding
Applause from a sea lion

© by Marilyn Zelke Windau.
Used with the author’s permission.





Marilyn Zelke Windau, of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, started writing poems at age thirteen. A former art teacher, she has had five books of poetry published: Adventures in Paradise, Momentary Ordinary, Owning Shadows, Hiccups Haunt Wilson Avenue, and Beneath The Southern Crux. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her award-winning work can be found in many journals and anthologies. Marilyn includes her maiden name to honor her father, who was also a writer. When she's not writing, Marilyn works at restoring her 1891 house and creates mosaics, paintings, and books made with tea papers. A Master Gardener volunteer and an art center docent, she is married to a retired environmental engineer, has three daughters, and three grandchildren.


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This is a true 'fun' poem. I love it. It leaves me now to play with my own words in a similar pattern. Thank you, Marilyn.
Posted 04/05/2019 12:30 PM
Thank you, Marilyn. Such wonderful images. Jayne is right. Read, reread and the smiles grow larger.
Posted 04/05/2019 11:21 AM
michael escoubas:
You had me from "Silver flashes of sunlit birch leaves". The late W.S. Merwin typically did not end his lines with full stops--a very nice touch for this poem. Thank you, Marilyn.
Posted 04/04/2019 12:51 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Thank you for your smiles.
Posted 04/04/2019 09:41 AM
Little things that skip right by us; your poem sees the relevant.thanks?
Posted 04/04/2019 08:02 AM
Lovely images, Marilyn!
Posted 04/04/2019 05:45 AM

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