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Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Ryan Warren

Almanac – A Poem by Ryan Warren

Almanac

In Ancient Japan a year was measured
in 72 microseasons.

April Fifth to the Ninth
was when Swallows Return,

and as the Tenth of May bloomed into the Fourteenth,
one could look down and see Worms Surface.

It was a year, drawn through a fine-tooth comb,
separated into smooth and useful and rhythmic strands––

Wheat Ripens and is Harvested,
Rotten Grass Becomes Fireflies,

Bears Start Hibernating in Their Dens,
Salmon Gather and Swim Upstream.

Even as the Butterburs Bud and Hens Start Laying Eggs
expect still that Ice Thickens on Streams.

•••

My own calendar hangs on a wall, a sea of boxes
arriving empty, seasonless as our eggs.

And for all the usefulness I’ve filled it with,
the infinitely scheduled appointments,

it remains, still, empty
of when Mantises Hatch,

Antlers are Shed,
or when Dew Glistens White on Grass.

Slowly, as our only season has become discontent
and we find ourselves unmoored

from the daily almanac of the earth,
what could be more useful than to know

you can expect the whales to return and feed
as the young raccoons are weaned?

That when the turkey vultures are nesting
the blackberries will begin to sweeten.

That soon, the thickening moon will pull
the ocean again, closer to our hearts.

 

 

 

About the Poet:
Ryan Warren lives with his family by the sea. His poetry has previously appeared in numerous journals, including California QuarterlyWilderness House Literary ReviewAmaryllis, Poetry Breakfast and Your Daily Poem. Find more at facebook.com/ryanwarrenpoetry.

 

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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Man’s Most Important Labor – A Poem by Ryan Warren

Man’s Most Important Labor

“Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth
is the most important labor of man.”
+++++++++++++++++++++ — Daniel Webster

To which I thought
“Yes, this is likely so.”

until I went for coffee
watched the barista move

with such fluid grace, such swift
sure motion, such confidence

it reminded me of the fry cook
I used to watch from a counter stool

the efficient elegance with which he ruled his flattop
the singing sword of his metal spatula

not a single motion wasted as he molded
the hissing mound of hash browns into place

flipped pancakes without a passing thought
eased each egg such that never a yolk was broken

the way my uncle could work with wood
drive a nail with one sure blow

the roughnecks smoothly hoisting ringing iron
quickly clattering it into place around each thrusting pipe

pickers fleetly cascading unbruised fruit
into baskets with the somber deftness of piecework

the beauty of labor done fast and well and with attention
I will sit anywhere that I can quietly see such things

what’s been learned deeply, done swift and right
the motions of laboring generations

every unimportant ancestor
emerging from their bones

 
About the Poet:
Ryan Warren lives with his family by the sea in Northern California. His poetry has previously appeared in numerous journals including California Quarterly, Amaryllis, Wilderness House Literary Review, Firefly Magazine, Verse-Virtual, Ekphrastic and the anthology, Carry The Light. More on his published works can be found atwww.facebook.com/RyanWarrenPoetry.

 

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Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on Twitter,Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

Birds – A Poem by Ryan Warren

Birds

at the little window feeders
Dark-eyed Junco, Pygmy Nuthatch

having found it, now arrive every morning
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren

to this magical tray of seeds, corn, manna, pink nectar
Rufous Hummingbird, White-crowned Sparrow

indignantly ruffled feathers when it is found empty
Stellar’s Jay, Anna’s Hummingbird

and we are repaid with the joy
American Goldfinch, Bushtit

of quick, sharp movements, music, morning song
Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Sparrow

wildness, chaos, life, brought close to a
middle-aged human, small brown dog.
 

About the Poet:
Ryan Warren lives with his family by the sea in Northern California. His poetry has previously appeared in numerous journals including California Quarterly, Amaryllis, Wilderness House Literary Review, Firefly Magazine, Verse-Virtual, Ekphrastic and the anthology, Carry The Light. More on his published works can be found atwww.facebook.com/RyanWarrenPoetry.

 

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Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter,Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

Why I Still Have Hope For Humanity – A Poem by Ryan Warren

Why I Still Have Hope For Humanity

is
because
on a train
this morning
packed so tight
with heart pounding
humans of every stripe
from chest to beating chest
our arms could not be raised,
though the filmy heat of breathing
bodies surrounded our shifting noses,
though someone felt this was a good place
for a loud conversation on her pocketed phone,
sidelong glances confirmed our common knowledge
of her social transgression. There’s always one. Yet still

we all swayed
together

 

About the Poet:
Ryan Warren lives with his family by the sea in Northern California. His poetry has previously appeared in numerous journals including California Quarterly, Amaryllis, Wilderness House Literary Review, Firefly Magazine, Verse-Virtual, Ekphrastic and the anthology, Carry The Light. More on his published works can be found at www.facebook.com/RyanWarrenPoetry.

 

Photo by Brian Ucla.

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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