Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Poem by Sue Neufarth Howard

In catch-up conversations now and then
with an old friend, forty years since
our paths last crossed, we reminisce
our youthful free-spirit ways.
He calls with news of loss - a life-long friend
for him, an old flame for me. Flooded with
hot memory, my passion rekindles,
regret for our parting lingers.
Hope for a chance encounter forever ended,
feeling empty, I try to send my thoughts -
how important our story is to me, say
goodbye before you're deep into eternity.
In my garden, a butterfly, cinnamon
brown, intent on a path toward me, swoops
down to alight, rest, and fan-open its
black-edged wings on my book.
Sue Neufarth Howard is a Cincinnati native, published poet, visual artist, former business writer in marketing and sales training at DuBois Chemicals, retired. Graduate of Miami University, Oxford (Speech-Radio/TV) and UC Evening College (Associate in Art).  Member, Greater Cincinnati Writers' League (GCWL) and Colerain Artists. Received Third Prize and/or Honorable Mention in several Ohio Poetry Day Contests since 1998. 1983 Poet Laureate for Clifton Heights/Fairview - Cincinnati Recreation Commission Neighborhood Poetry Contest.  Poems published: In Storm Cycle – 2013 Best of Anthology, Kind of a Hurricane Press;  January, 2014 issue of Cattails online journal; Point Mass anthology, Kind of a Hurricane Press;  the online journal High Coupe; the online magazine AEQAI; the Journal of Kentucky Studies - 25th Anniversary Edition; the Mid-America Poetry Review; Nomad's Choir; The Incliner - Cincinnati Art Museum; the Creative Voices Anthology of the Institute for Learning in Retirement, City of Cincinnati; in several For a Better World - Poems on Peace and
Justice by Greater Cincinnati Artists anthologies; and Poetic Hours Magazine, Carlton, England.   
Poetry chapbooks, self published via in 2012:  TreeScapes, EarthWords, In and Out of the Blue Zoo.


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