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Richard Greene


The air that has lolled for days
on earth’s green cushion
bestirred itself today
stretched its long limbs
heaved an immense sigh
and launched itself over the town
jostling branch and blossom
spanning leagues
with each beat of its wings.

© by Richard Greene.
Used with the author’s permission.


Richard Greene began writing poetry in the 8th grade, inspired by the opening lines of Longfellow's “Evangeline”—“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks / Bearded in moss and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight"—which he was required to read in class. In college, after a classmate deemed Richard’s rhyming poem “trite,” he stopped writing until, a couple of years later, a class with Henry Rago, subsequently editor of Poetry magazine, inspired him to resume his efforts. But poetry fell by the wayside for almost forty years as a busy career in international development consumed his life. As retirement approached, however, Richard’s dedication to poetry returned; he has since published three chapbooks: The Broken Guitar: Poems of War; Becoming Old: Poems of Aging; Painting with Words: Landscapes in Verse; and one full -length collection, To Talk of Many Things: Selected Poems. Richard, who lives in Nyack, New York, shares a "poem of the week" with anyone interested; get on his mailing list by requesting it at



Post New Comment:
The image of the wind as having form (limbs, wings) is wonderful! I wish I could draw well, so I could draw this for you.
Posted 08/22/2020 02:04 PM
Lori Levy:
Unusual image of the wind.
Posted 08/20/2020 11:38 PM
michael escoubas:
Really like your use of personification, Richard. As James Baldwin once said, "The hardest thing in the world is simplicity; and the most beautiful thing, too." You did a good job here.
Posted 08/20/2020 08:59 AM
Larry Schug:
These words, besides holding beauty when taken literally are also powerful when interpreted metaphorically--the awakening of social awareness, a commitment to do what needs to be done, to create, to speak out.
Posted 08/20/2020 06:41 AM
Jane Eva Cooper:
It is not often that I am inspired to comment but the beauty of this resonated, thought I heard the wind, but all is still outside. Beautiful. Thank you.
Posted 08/20/2020 06:13 AM
Beautiful word picture!
Posted 08/20/2020 05:30 AM

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