The Outdoor Poet: Neal Whitman

Ocean Gifts

some beachcomb for fun
in search of sea glass and shells
others use metal detectors
the return on their investment
fine jewelery and designer watches
I spot a fellow digging in the sand
he holds high a silver foreign coin
dropped by a tourist, or
a case of world circumnavigation

The Sky Has No Borders

In the late afternoon
the streaking sky stretches
past the horizon I never quite reach.
There is a quality of light
that softens my heart.
If I can forgive others,
then perhaps I can forgive myself.
A darkening sky brings good news:
Stars soon will appear.

About The Writer: Neal Whitman lives in Pacific Grove and tootles around town in a little white hatchback with auto plate PG POET in a frame incised "Poetic License." He is a docent at Robinson Jeffers Tor House and this year is winner of the Oak Magazine Minnie Memorial Award and Best Tanka Pentaptych in Diogen Pro Kultura published in Serbia/Boznia-Herzegovina.

The Outdoor Poet is edited by Robert Sward, author of numerous books of poetry including, most recently, New and Selected Poems: 1957-2011 (Red Hen Press). He lives on the Westside with his wife, the artist Gloria Alford, and a poodle mix named Cosette. Participation in The Outdoor Poet is by invitation.

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