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July 09, 2011

Remains

...Then what remains on earth? Our memories of him, but let there be no mistake. He does not reside in that cemetery. Therefore, as my father had wanted, I did not cry at his gravesite, I celebrated his graduation; I counted my blessings for being lucky enough to be called his son...

William Burkholder visits his father's grave.

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July 02, 2011

Observing Autumn

William Burkholder's poem evokes the season of falling leaves.

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June 25, 2011

Sojourn - Part Two

William Burkholder's poem expresses a longing for greater self-awareness.

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June 18, 2011

Raven's Tongue

Poet William Burkholder thinks of bleached bones at the foot of the raqven's tree.

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June 11, 2011

Sojourn – Part One

William Burkholder heads for a place of peace.

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June 04, 2011

Dried Kiss

William Burkholder’s poem tells of loss and loneliness.

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May 28, 2011

Didactic Rebellion

William Burkholder's poem is a rallying cry to those who would be free of dictatorship.

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May 21, 2011

Apathy

William Burkholder's poem tells of apathetic avenues and dead ends.

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May 14, 2011

The Tip Of My Quill

There is sweet solace in the words which flow from the tip of a quill, as William Burkholder confirms.

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May 07, 2011

Individual Journey

William Burkholder’s poem recommends that we find our own individual path.

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April 30, 2011

Turbulence

William Burkholder’s poem tells of a wind-driven rage.

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April 23, 2011

A Talented Mind

...He made a shotgun rendering, of a talented mind...

So begins William Burkholder’s poem which marks our violent age.

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April 16, 2011

Keys To Freedom

William Burkholder's poem expresses a longing that mankind should share the freedom of other animals.

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April 09, 2011

Crying After Sunset

William Burkholder’s brief poem creates a mood of deep sadness.

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April 02, 2011

Our Candy-Coated World

William Burkholder's angry poem demands that we should see the world as it really is.

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March 27, 2011

A Drop Of Water

William Burkholder's moving poem says that kindness should not be withheld at the behest of bias and blind judgement.

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March 20, 2011

Lackawanna Blues

William Burkholder "sings'' the blues for a dead railway.

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March 13, 2011

A Love As Kind

William Burkholder tells of a love as kind as an angel’s wing.

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March 06, 2011

Trail Of The Falling Waters

...knowing that this place, never changing, is the best beauty bestowed on my eyes...

William Burkholder's poem tells of a place and a moment where there was deep communion with Nature.

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February 27, 2011

Winter Mourning

William Burkholder's poem is a memorial to those native Americans who suffered at the hands of white men.

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February 20, 2011

Salamanders Sunning

William Burkholder has colourful memories of a sunny walking day.

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February 13, 2011

A Forgotten Life

William Burkholder’s evocative poem tells of the remants of a forgotten life.

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February 06, 2011

Moving On

William Burkholder's poem indicates that life involves constantly moving on towards the next promising peak.

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January 30, 2011

Indigo Rhythms

"Never too old to gorw wise,'' says William Burkholder's poem.

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November 20, 2010

As Long Point Looks On

Water, sand and eagle bring back bright memories for William Burkholder.

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November 13, 2010

The Cure

William Burkholder writes of becoming the master of his fate.

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November 06, 2010

Sand Colored Cat

William Burkholder tells of the comfort of a sand-colored cat.

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October 30, 2010

Climb

William Burkholder emphasises that journey alone on the road to wisdom.

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October 23, 2010

Master's Pen

William Burkholder says that the words of a master poet are a gift, a joy, a blessing to the reader.

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October 16, 2010

Beseech The Moon

William Burkholder looks for enlightenment and liberation in the sky at night.

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October 09, 2010

Spaniard's Eye

William Burkholder's poem paints a grim picture of violence and poverty.

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October 02, 2010

The Probability Of Love

William Burkholder offers brief but profound advice on the subject of love.

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September 25, 2010

The Gift

William Burkholder is grateful for being blest with the poet's gift- and aware of the responsibilites which comer with that gift.

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September 18, 2010

My Grandfather's Sword

William Burkholder's poem tells of the inspiration to lead a noble life given by a broken sword and a caring grandfather.

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September 11, 2010

Late Night Writer’s Lamentation

In this powerful lamentation William Burkholder mourns the death of his father.

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September 04, 2010

Farewell Saddam

William Burkholder wrote this poem shortly after the trial and conviction of Saddam Hussein.

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August 28, 2010

Mama, Where Have You Gone?

William Burkholder's poem concerns the achingly sad consequence of drug addiction.

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August 21, 2010

On Wing and Wind

In William Burkholder's poem a message of longing flies on the wind to an absent lover.

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August 14, 2010

Tree Of Lost Causes

In this three-line poem William Burkholder challenges modern life.

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August 07, 2010

Bonne Terre

William Burkholder's poem celebrates the walk of life on this good Earth.

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July 31, 2010

Dreaming

William Burkholder’s poem tells of Slumber’s kingdom.

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July 24, 2010

Mama, Where Have You Gone?

William Burkholder’s poem spotlights the terrible ultimate consequence of addiction.

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July 17, 2010

A North American Treasure

William Burkholder brings a tribute in verse to the Vancouver poet Marc Creamore.

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July 10, 2010

I Am There

William Burkholder’s poem celebrates an inseparable bond.

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July 03, 2010

Remembering

Wooded paths bring back memories for William Burkholder.

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June 26, 2010

My Hands

William Burkholder’s poem is a celebration of love and sensuality.

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June 19, 2010

Angel's Eye

William Burkholder’s short poem celebrates the full beauty of Nature.

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June 12, 2010

Mesmerized

What is it that mesmerizes poet William Burkholder?

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June 05, 2010

I Went To See My Son Today

After visiting his son W B Burkholder critically analyses himself.

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May 29, 2010

Nya-Garra

William Burkholder’s poem suggests that a minor name change could bring a whole new meaning to one of North America’s most visited natural attractions.

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May 22, 2010

Found Poem

William Burkholder plucks a poem from the fire of creative thought.

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May 15, 2010

Hill Of Souls

William Burkholder’s poem tells the heartfelt tale of a survivor.

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May 08, 2010

Granite Gardens

William Burkholder remind us that our freedom was assured by those who lie in granite gardens.

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May 01, 2010

Truth

William Burkholder's poen delineates the esssence of truth.

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April 24, 2010

Fields Of Rain

Being out in the wind and rain bring a sense of oneness with Nature to William Burkholder.

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April 17, 2010

Simple, Important Gifts

William Burkholder’s poem emphasises the importance of love.

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April 10, 2010

The Soul Of The Red Rose

William Burkholder says the rose contains the spirit of love.

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April 03, 2010

Positive Impression

William Burkholder calls for belief to replace suspicion.

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March 27, 2010

I Came Seeking

William Burkholder tells of seeking a natural wisdom.

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March 20, 2010

Dreams

William Burkholder’s poem celebrates the saving grace of dreams.

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March 13, 2010

Running Like Lemmings

William Burkholder’s poem highlights the madness of many a life.

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March 06, 2010

Parade Of The Cattails

William Burkholder’s poem encapsulates the sadness of autumn.

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February 27, 2010

Freedom Found

William Burkholder tells of a foolish love affair.

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February 20, 2010

Our White Suits

William Burkholder's poem encapsulates a warning to those who pollute the Earth.

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February 13, 2010

Leaving The Gray Shroud Of Carlisle

...Why must we be made to walk as the turtle, when we are the Elk, the Fox, and the Buffalo?...

William Burkholder’s poem tells of the pain of an oppressed people.

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February 06, 2010

Hydrox Girl

William Burkholder's poem is charged with the electricity of young love.

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January 30, 2010

Garden Pond

William Burkholder’s poem expresses the joy which greets the coming of Spring.

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January 23, 2010

The Sowers Tree

William Burkholder’s evocative poem conjures up a picture of peaceful fertile plenty.

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January 16, 2010

Insane Newsreel

William Burkholder’s poem brings insane news of a world gone mad.

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January 09, 2010

In Comparison

William Burkholder's brief poem is a mighty tribute to a fine man, his father.

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January 02, 2010

Precious Time

William Burkholder’s poem is filled with the tears of regret of a son who failed to communicate with his father.

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December 26, 2009

Freedom Found

A failed love affair can bring a sense of freedom, says William Burkholder's poem.

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December 19, 2009

Finding Control

William Burkholder writes of avoiding frustration and gaining control of one's life.

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December 12, 2009

Released

William Burkholder’s poem express the keen desire that we should be able to appreciate the natural wonders which surround us.

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December 05, 2009

King Of Spades

William Burkholder recalls the joy of riding his first bike.

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November 28, 2009

Lullaby Of The Wild Lands

The call of Spring entices William Burkholder into the great outdoors.

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November 21, 2009

Sister Cairn

In this poem William Burkholder requests comfort and information from a stable source.

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November 14, 2009

Remembering

William Burkholder’s poem captures rapidly evaporating memories.

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November 07, 2009

Johnny

Some “toys’’ are not for the exploring fingers of young children, as William Burkholder’s poem reveals.

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October 31, 2009

Lunar Realms

William Burkholder is enraptured by the wondrous light of a full moon.

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October 24, 2009

What Will The Poets Do?

What will poets write about in these sad days when men are dying in war, asks William Burkholder?

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October 17, 2009

Boogaloo

William Burkholder’s poem resonates with the bold
bright tones of the saxophone.

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October 10, 2009

Journey From Serenity's Garden

William Burkholder’s poem expresses a firm resolve to strive to reach a plateau of serenity.

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October 03, 2009

The Lagoon

William Burkholder’s poem conveys the magic of a tiny fresh-water lagoon.

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September 26, 2009

Boardwalk

William Burkholder's brief poem captures the feel of a tourist resort in winter.

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September 19, 2009

Kind Of Like Love

William Burkholder writes about the force which dives the
world.

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September 12, 2009

Ego

William Burkholder's poem says that we can escape from ego's self-serving tower into enlightenment.

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September 05, 2009

Speak To Me

William Burkholder seeks poetic inspiration from nature’s marvelous abundance.

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August 29, 2009

Thoughts At The Shore

William Burkholder experiences the chill of winter on an empty boardwalk.

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August 22, 2009

Peace, I Hope

William Burkholder’s poem is an urgent plea for faith in peace.

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August 15, 2009

Whippoorwill

William Burkholder pauses to allow the ephemeral song of the whippoorwill into his soul.

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August 08, 2009

Tears Of An October Sky

William Burkholder’s poem captures the solemn mood of the month of October.

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August 01, 2009

Golden Gates

William Burkholder longs to be of clear mind, immune to the insistent calls of earthly pleasures.

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July 25, 2009

Capitulation

William Burkholder’s poem expresses the urge to seek a higher path, rather than dragging one’s feet in the valley bottom.

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July 18, 2009

Tattered Minds

William Burkholder's poem suggests we go stampeding towards a truth we cannot find.

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July 11, 2009

Random Thoughts On A Rainy Day

William Burkholder's poem expresses a longing for the simple life.

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July 04, 2009

Rows Of Plastic Chairs

William Burkholder’s poem urges us to sympathy for those at the bottom of the human pile.

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June 27, 2009

My Vestments

William Burkholder's poem emphasises that, like it or not, we are all affected by the world's troubles.

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June 20, 2009

Light Switch

William Burkholder writes of a seemingly mundane decision which has a deep significance.

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June 13, 2009

Left Handed Shackle

William Burkholder's poem emphasises that we are all shackled by time and the requirements of social compliance.

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June 06, 2009

The Honey Bee Buzz

William Burkholder's poem suggests we can learn from the busy honey bee.

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May 30, 2009

Garden Wagon

William Burkholder envies children at play with the garden wagon which he built.

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May 23, 2009

I Had No Way

William Burkholder's poem enfolds a sombre mystery.

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May 16, 2009

Not Hungry

William Burkholder's poem does no favours to meat-eaters.

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May 09, 2009

Ignorant Me

William Burkholder’s poem is an intense plea for self-understanding.

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May 02, 2009

Canvas

William Burkholder expresses in verse why painting excites him.

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April 25, 2009

Angels' Wings

Our lives are resplendent with inherited blessings, says William Burkholder's poem.

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April 18, 2009

Golden Locket

In William Burkholder's poem a locket holds a beckoning invitation.

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April 11, 2009

Our Imperative

William Burkholder's poem reminds us that it is our duty to contribute to the world.

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April 04, 2009

Victory's Refrain

William Burkholder's poem wishes the blessings of Nature upon you.

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March 28, 2009

Phone Booth Graffiti

William Burkholder finds poetry in a phone booth.

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March 21, 2009

Panhandler

William Burkholder's poem raises the question as to whether panhandlers are what they seem to be.

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March 14, 2009

Dress Up

William Burkholder's poem affirms that there are many ways of assessing character.

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March 07, 2009

Shelf Of Lost Causes

William Burkholder's poem is an acknowledgment that discovering the truth about ourselves is no easy task.

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February 28, 2009

Ghost Of Fort San Juan

William Burkholder's poem tells of a ghost from centuries ago.

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February 21, 2009

I, The Grey Mist

William Burkholder's poem tells of a ghostly agony.

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February 14, 2009

Different Drum

...O how blessed it would be if we could find the forbidden fruits of peace...

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February 07, 2009

Toll of Silent Bells

Silence meets an uncaring ear, says William Burkholder.

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January 31, 2009

Pavement

"Is it so hard to understand the malady of Man?'' asks William Burkholder in this poem.

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January 24, 2009

Fall

William Burkholder's poem tells of the last grim fall of the condemned.

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January 17, 2009

Grace And Glory

This wonderful poem by William Burkholder tells of a gentle summons to our true home.

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January 10, 2009

Nirvana’s Gate

William Burkholder writes of the welcoming doorstep that we all hope to reach.

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January 03, 2009

Delirium's Tower

In delirium's tower there are flashing, flashing, flashing lights, shards of blood-stained glass...

William Burkholder presents an edgy poem.

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December 27, 2008

Under Columbus's Statue

Columbus turns a blind eye on the characters in William Burkholder's street-scene poem.

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December 20, 2008

Just A Peek Inside

There's a mystery in William Burkholder's poem which compels you to invent your own story.

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December 13, 2008

Broken Compasses

Even in the best of men the moral compass can be broken. But compasses can be repaired, as William Burkholder's poem reveals.

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December 06, 2008

Meditations From The Valley Of The Manic Muse

William Burkholder brings a turbulent poem to match these turbulent times.

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November 29, 2008

Loss Of Continuity

William Burkholder cries out for an understanding that we humans all share a need for fair play.

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November 22, 2008

Cane Makers Plight

William Burkholder's poem highlights the plight of people on a blighted island.

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November 15, 2008

Broken Keys

William Burkholder, writing from personal experience, brings words of great comfort.

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November 08, 2008

Paying Homage

William Burkholder pays homage to his beloved companion.

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November 01, 2008

Barbed Wire Babies

William Burkholder's poem reminds us never to forget those innocent babes who become war victims.

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October 25, 2008

Charcoal Memories

Those shoeshine refugees have memories, as William Burkholder reveals in this haunting poem.

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October 18, 2008

Broken Spear Points

William Burkholder's poem tells of the greatest of all treasures.

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October 11, 2008

Subterranean Lolita

William Burkholder's poem tells of the sad life of a young girl who has experienced better days.

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October 04, 2008

The Idealistic Flap Of Patriot Banners

William Burkholder’s poem calls for a stand to be taken against self-serving egotists.

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September 27, 2008

Fallible Man

William Burkholder's poem advises that trust should never be placed in fallible man.

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September 20, 2008

Return To Me The Old Ways

William Burkholder's poem acknowledges that we have much to learn from our grandfathers.

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September 13, 2008

Recompense

Let us make love in the rain
Rather than cry in it...

William Burkholder's poem advises us to harvest life's happiness.

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September 06, 2008

Released

William Burkholder's poem rejoices in the wonder of simply being alive.

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August 30, 2008

A Survivor's Inspiration

Each kiss, each smile is everything to someone fighting for life.

William Burkholder tells of the inspiration which leads to survival.

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August 23, 2008

Windows

William Burkholder's poem tells of the joy to be seen through the windows of the soul.

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August 16, 2008

The Back Bays Of My Mind

Are we mere flotsam adrift on a sea of insanity, muses poet William Burkholder.

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August 09, 2008

You Gonna Eat That?

William Burkholder tells a tasty tale concerning a man with a great hunger.

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August 02, 2008

Monadical Ramblings

Let me rise above my materialistic want...

William Burkholder's poem expresses a longing for the higher path.

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July 26, 2008

The Act, Not Essence

William Burkholder wonders whether actions change the nature of the soul.

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July 19, 2008

Eight Steps

...The dark doorway beckons,
The eight steps call...

But where do those eight steps lead? William Burkholder's poem conjures up an intriguing scene.

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July 12, 2008

Particulate Memory

Dust, smoke... William Burkholder muses on the ephemeral nature of life.

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July 05, 2008

A River

William Burkholder tells of a river that flows with the tears of nations.

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June 28, 2008

Epiphany

William Burkholder's poem is a plea for enlightenment.

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June 21, 2008

Hush

William Burkholder's poem is a reassurance that wings can be shared, that the afflicted can still soar.

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June 14, 2008

Victory!

William Burkholder's poem emphasises that victory is not won by force of arms.

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June 07, 2008

The Mask

We hide behind masks instead of revealing our true selves, says William Burkholder.

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May 31, 2008

A Young American Son

...In 66 a round came in
his name was on it
now he's on
the wall..

William Burkholder's poem concerns young American heroes - and lessons that are never learned.

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May 24, 2008

Peace Be To You Great Warriors

...In a marble garden,
Too many names to count...

William Burkholder honours those who gave their lives for their country.

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May 17, 2008

Gentle Mist

A gentle mist is part of Mother Nature's way of blessing a new day.

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May 10, 2008

This Palette

Pity for the man with the color blind heart and soul, says poet William Burkholder.

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May 03, 2008

Catch Of The Day

A midnight fishing trip brings the hope of continued serenity to William Burkholder.

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April 26, 2008

Viable Commodity

William Burkholder's poem brings words of real worth.

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April 19, 2008

North Shore Dreaming

Memories of lakeside boyhood days bring tears to the poet's eye.

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April 12, 2008

'Tis Truth

William Burkholder's poem muses on the meaning of those lives sacrificed on the beaches of Normandy.

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April 05, 2008

Four

William Burkholder's poem illuminates the bonuses of advancing age.

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March 29, 2008

Kinzua

William Burkholder's poem expresses a longing for the time before the pristine valleys were flooded.

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March 22, 2008

Stick Pins

William Burkholder's poem suggests that we should not go through life immitating the cruel bite of a pin point.

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March 15, 2008

Purple Hearts

Purple hearts beating,
they beat for us,
and what do our hearts
think of them?

William Burkholder muses on whether we pay our dues to those who risk their lives for us.

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March 08, 2008

Black Boots Remembered

Wiiliam Burkholder honours those black boots which have marched against fascism and maintained freedom.

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March 01, 2008

Blind

William Burkholder's poem suggests that the poet's task is to open eyes which perhaps would prefer to remain closed.

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February 23, 2008

What Should Be

William Burkholder's poem suggests that we should strive to achieve more than we were thought capable of achieving.

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February 16, 2008

Plight Of The Blue Monkey

William Burkholder's poem says that it is easier for humans to become Blue Monkeys, dragging their knuckles through the fields of war, than it is for them to raise their hands in the cause of peace.

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February 09, 2008

Mistress Muse

William Burkholder travels down long parchment trails, weaving a magical web.

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February 02, 2008

The Gate Keeper

William Burkholder's poem reminds us that for some the task is to guard the gate, while others dictate affairs.

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January 26, 2008

Farewell To The Summer Moon

The waning of the summer moon signals the end of boyish days, as William Burkholder's poem reveals.

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January 19, 2008

Indigo Ink

The pen forms letters...but the writer is more than his words, muses William Burkholder.

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January 12, 2008

The Drum Beats On

William Burkholder tells of the terrible drum beats which signal untimely death.

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January 05, 2008

Summer Vacation

William Burkholder captures the magic moments of a summer vacation.

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December 29, 2007

Renewel

...My plateau has yet to be reached,
My journey far from complete,

The climb is the thing,
The effort to reach it...

William Burkholder's poem goes to the heart of one of life's greatest truths.

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December 22, 2007

Night Shadows

William Burkholder's poem evokes the mystery of night-time.

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December 15, 2007

Please

...Such is the way of things,
Illuminations shine,
At different intensities
Unbalanced.

But lit never the less...

William Burkholder seeks assurances from those who wallow in affliction.

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December 08, 2007

The Shared Amount Of Blood

William Burkholder's concern is that the memories of brave men should not die.

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December 01, 2007

Soup

The pot,
Racism.
The spoon,
Indifference.

William Burkholder’s poem concerns the most unsavoury of all soups.

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November 24, 2007

Bloom

William Burkholder's poem brings the encouraging thought that painful experiences can help us to grow and bloom.

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November 17, 2007

The Room With No Corners

My room with no corners,
My lovely white jacket,
Buttoned and strapped in the back.

William Burkholder's poem describes a living nightmare.

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November 10, 2007

Ocean's Kiss

There's comfort at day's end in the ocean's kiss as William Burkholder's poem reveals.

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November 03, 2007

When It's All Said

...Alas, I am numb,
Numb to life's way,
Old hat, worn shoe,
Crumpled bed, Tis I, tis me, aye me...

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October 27, 2007

Novocain Eyes

Those eyes...uncaringly cold.

William Burkholder paints a chilling picture of a mind beyond feeling.

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October 20, 2007

The Torch

One cannot continue to hate
without it turning in on itself,
and destroying the fibers of the soul.

Here's a heart-felt message for a troubled world from poet William Burkholder.

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October 13, 2007

Sipping Coffee

...Dramatic scenes all wanting a close up... The poet just shakes his head, as William Burkholder reveals.

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October 06, 2007

Honey Silk

William Burkholder's poem conveys the security of childhood.

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September 29, 2007

Finding

William Burkholder’s poem marvels at the ability of love to shatter the silence of loneliness.

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September 22, 2007

Remains

William Burkholder finds himself experiencing sober and uplifting thoughts when he visits his father's grave for the first time.

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September 15, 2007

Sunset Point

...We climbed out of the old red and white station wagon and headed for the beach. I stepped on to the sand and I immediately started crying. The sand was extremely hot for my young feet.

Dad, hearing my cries came and scooped me up into his big powerful arms. I stopped crying and a smile came over my face.

For me, this was special moment, you see. My father had a problem with his legs and hips. When he was boy, he had been hit by a car...

Poet William Burkholder, this time working in prose, paints a lyrical portrait of a special day, and a very special father.

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September 08, 2007

My Vestments

William Burkholder asks a challenging question about the way we view the world.

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September 01, 2007

Spool Of Thread

People,
Friends,
Enemies,
Loved ones...

Stitched through time.
To weave our garments of life,
Our glories,
Our mistakes...

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August 25, 2007

The Journey

William Burkholder imagines life as a meandering ever-rolling stream.

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August 18, 2007

Granite Gardens

Our freedom lies in granite gardens, in the tears and lament of wives and daughters, says William Burkholder in this powerful poem.

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August 11, 2007

Dreams

...We who write, who sing, who pray for peace and epiphany...
Let us all continue to dream my friends...

William Burkholder muses on the power of words.

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August 05, 2007

O Natal Moon

William Burkholder's poem highlights the protective nature of love.

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July 28, 2007

The Day's Gift

The true wonder of this world is to be found in something as simple, and complex, as a feather, as William Burkholder reveals.

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July 21, 2007

My Deliverance

My deliverance,
Aye my blessing.
To see, and be here now!

William Burkholder celebrates the joy of being where there are mountain skies.

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July 14, 2007

Painter's Brush

William Burkholder's poem reveals that our contacts with other people paint the canvas of our lives.

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July 07, 2007

The Writer's Sight

...Today I sit and write,
Today I fight the fight...

To keep the juices flowing a writer must write, as William Burkholder demonsrates so vividly.

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June 30, 2007

Leaving The Gray Shroud Of Carlisle

...O, that the great dances, the great songs will be sung again!
At the lodges and fires burning high into native skies!
That our young will never forget the tree that bore them,
The river that washed them,
And the wilds that fed them!...

William Burkholder's poem imagines the burning, indomitable thoughts of a Native American woman.

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June 23, 2007

Angels' Wings

...So yes I have seen the result of bad judgment, I have felt the wrath and consequence of my misbegotten ideals, of pride and greed, laziness and sloth, addiction, and pain, Peripherals all. Lessons, humbler's.
Insights to grip; my locked grasp on this simple thing...

Hold on tight to Angels' wings, William Burkholder advises.

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June 16, 2007

The Sower's Tree

The grains bow down to sower's tree
to thank her for her grace
to adorn this land of wheat and grain
this field of golden lace

William Burkholder's poem captures the fruitful triumph of a field of grain in high summer.

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June 09, 2007

Lullaby Of The Wildlands

Spring frogs, peepers,
Serenading the trees,
Serenading the breeze,
Serenading me...

William Burkholder's joyfull poem heralds the arrival of Spring.

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June 02, 2007

Finding

William Burkholder encapsulates a brilliant truth in this five-line poem.

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May 29, 2007

Eight Steps

Eight steps lead William Burkholder to a dark, beckoning doorway.

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May 22, 2007

Black Boots Remembered

...Those black boots,
Yes I remember,

Counting them in flag draped coffins;
U.S.A. stamped on the bottom,
Black and bloodied,

Strong and sturdy still....

William Burkholder's powerful poem is a tribute to the free democratic men who wore those boots.

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May 15, 2007

What Will The Poets Do?

...And we the poets,
With pen in hand,
Write of all things,
Except the deaths of our fellow man,
Our comrades, enemies, innocents too!...

In these troubling times poets can reveal the big lies, as William Burkholder's powerful poem confirms.

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May 08, 2007

Parade Of The Cattails

William Burkholder writes of one of nature's joys, a sight to quicken the heart and raise the spirits.

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May 01, 2007

Monadical Ramblings

...O spiritual I, Let me rise above my
Materialistic want and lust of worldly wares...

William Burkholder's poem tells of our journey's task.

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April 24, 2007

Particulate Memory

...And in due time,
All too soon,

I shall be as the dust,
Particulate...

William Burkholder, in philosophic mood, reflects on the fate that awaits us.

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April 17, 2007

North Shore Dreaming

William Burkholder's poem recalls idyllic days.

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April 10, 2007

Spool Of Thread

A spool of thread in the right hands can do wonders, says William Burckholder in this well-woven poem.

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