Friday, April 29, 2022

April Poetry

I read poetry all year long. My custom is to publish one of my poems in honor of Poetry Month. This year I am posting a story about sea glass.  

When my daughter and family moved to Connecticut, I became intrigued with sea glass and brought a few pieces home with me. Then I read about sea glass as well as the history of the manufacture and uses of glass. I began to wonder why more women weren't included in the history and stories about sea glass. Last year, on the morning of my birthday, my daughter ran on the beach and came upon a few pieces of sea glass. She sent some of them to me. 

Many strands come together in a poem: ideas, sounds and rhythm in words, metaphor, and story. I love poetry for the economy of carefully selected words that tell a story. Somewhere in a book or article about writing poetry, I read that asking a question in a poem wasn't the best practice. So, not to be deterred by one opinion, I set out to do so. The poem below is part of a small collection I call, "Voice."

Season of Sea Glass * 

White egret fishes in the marsh,

stands among spirits rocked by the sea.

Sea glass pounded by waves, 

washes up on the shore.

Who held this piece molded

from sand, soda, and lime? 

This shard tossed in the tide  

for days and years, years and days.

Who dispensed medicine, dipped feather

in dark ink, placed rose in the slender neck?

Shard of her story, tumbled 

by waves, reduced to one triangle.

A voice worn to the softest

color of an opaque soul.

* Copyright, Jane A. Wolfe, 2021 


  1. Beautiful Jane - simply beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Your poem is so lovely and tells such a wonderful story. I find your questions intriguing and I will be thinking about them. Thank you very much for sharing!

  3. You have a poetry gift Jane, Keep writing!

  4. Just beautiful, Jane. Thank you so much for sharing your gift of poetry! XO

  5. Beautiful, Jane! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. so beautiful! I love sea glass and it is more rare for me to find when I'm at the beach (hopefully because people are not polluting).

  7. You truly do have a gift as a poet, Jane! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  8. oh Jane, that's lovely. thank you.