Intriguing Is This Silence

Intriguing is this silence

within the catacomb

known as chrysalis. Music shall be borne

aloft as butterfly wings swiftly ascend

from the caterpillar’s final breath.

There are no tombstones tilted in sunlight,

no murmured epitaphs upon those bare branches

where dreams were once made,

no stuttered corpses to mourn

with accolade or dirge.

Stained glass templates arise, drifting

on winds warm with promise, seeking soil braided 

with flowers’ slow hum -

a shattering tribute to what came before flight.

Intriguing is this silence

There are tombstones tilted in sunlight

Stained glass templates arise, drifting

Trenchtownrock   Trenchtownrock wrote
on 8/7/2009 1:01:14 PM
This is an exceptionally piece of poetry..wonderful writing..congrats.

Michele   Michele wrote
on 7/27/2009 1:12:55 AM
'stained glass templates' --really that description is lovely -- congrats on your accolades!

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My books:

"The Echo of What Remains Collected Poems of Wanda Lea Brayton"
(556 pages, 8 1/2 x 11", available in print and pdf formats - approx. 1500-2500 poems)

"A Beautiful Rumor Selected Poems" by Wanda Lea Brayton
(372 pages, available in print format only, published by Aquillrelle - approx. 200-300 poems)

I am a former college librarian and construction news reporter and have written poetry since 1973. My poems have been accepted by Hudson View Poetry Digest, The Pedestal Magazine, Oak Bend Review, Aquillrelle, Main Street Rag and Clackamas Literary Review. I was the featured poet in March 2011 on the World Poetry site and various poems have been read on the World Poetry Cafe Radio station in Vancouver, placed on display there, as well (including at the Pablo Neruda celebration) and another poem was further exhibited at the John Lennon Peace Tower in Iceland (see elaboration on this below).

My poem "Procession" won second place in the September 2009 WritingRoom contest. My poem, "Intriguing is This Silence" won first place in the June 2009 WritingRoom contest. My poem "Phenomenal With Shadows" won second place in the May 2009 Poetry contest at WritingRoom. It will be included in their next anthology. I'm married to a brilliant writer and musician. I have a great deal of experience in editing, proofreading and journalism, among other varied professions. My poetry is included in the "Eyes of a Poet" anthology, the Allpoetry anthologies, "First is Feeling" and "Ink Angels" and the anthology "On Viewless Wings V - Through Crystal Air" (18 poems of mine were included). I've had additional poems published in various anthologies over the years.

In addition, my poem, "Slow Dance With Neruda" was featured at the World Poetry Proudly Presents the 102nd birthday of the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda on July 31, 2006 at the Vancouver Public Library. I was shocked and pleased by my poem's inclusion at such a prestigious event. My poem runs at the end of the dvd that was recorded, trailing across the screen slowly, much like the credits do, accompanied by Spanish guitar. Three consulate ambassadors were there, including the Consul General of Chile, Maria Eliana Cuevas. Many, if not all, of the poets reading his work had actually met and knew Neruda. Another poem was further placed on display at the John Lennon Tower in Iceland. I've had numerous poems on display in Vancouver (through the World Poetry organization), as well as having some of my poems read on the World Poetry Cafe radio station, broadcast from Vancouver. I take the art and craft of creativity very seriously, as it is a gift we've all been given to enhance our lives, to help us evolve as human beings.


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