Glen Kappy

Gold Star - 36,654 Points (June 30,1948 / New York, NY USA)

Semi-Retired In Early Spring - Poem by Glen Kappy

A Monday morning. Early spring.
No work today—nor worries.
Setting out to walk three errands
he is greeted by a house finch singing.

He doesn't try to spot the bird
but if he's like the one
he saw the other day
he knows he sports a crimson bib.

There are other birds—
the pleasant medley of their sounds
their flight against the blue
fill out his first impressions.

The forecast got it right—
it is clear and calm indeed—
the sun a welcome friend
in cool that makes a walk a pleasure.

On the street before the library
wisteria! —and maybe lilac too—
their sweetness waking up
his drowsing sense of smell.

The items that he carried now dropped off
he heads to get his sisters birthday cards—
a rare exchange of greetings he forgot last year
so this year he is starting early.

He scans then opens cards in this familiar store.
Before too long—success! And with two cards
steps over to the counter where a new girl waits.
He registers she's early college age

and slim and tall—brunette and beautiful—
before her smile—so broad and unaffected—
turns him to a boy—a flutter in his belly
and deliberate with his words so he won't stammer.

Lastly to the co-op just a few doors down
and now back up the hill and musing
this a day to make him want to write a poem—
with all it stirs and all it brings a poem in itself.

Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful, beauty, birds, poem, poetry, retirement, spring

Form: Blank Verse

Comments about Semi-Retired In Early Spring by Glen Kappy

  • Bharati Nayak (3/27/2018 2:40:00 AM)

    On the street before the library
    wisteria! —and maybe lilac too—
    their sweetness waking up
    his drowsing sense of smell.- - - - - - -In mundane life affairs may be hidden sweetness of a lilac and music of birds that arouse our senses to their beauty and a poetry is born there.Such a marvellous poem chosen as Poem of the Day.Congratulations! !
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    Glen Kappy (3/27/2018 7:47:00 AM)

    thank you, bharati! always good to see and read your comments. hoping this finds you well in all ways, glen

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  • Hassan Hayati (3/26/2018 10:17:00 PM)

    So nice to see and learn, this blank verse is somehow teaching a style to a non native English speaking like me.
    congratulations for being chosen as the poem of the day, Glen.
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    Glen Kappy (3/27/2018 7:33:00 AM)

    thank you for your affirmation, hassan. on blank verse, i find it comes naturally for me. i wonder, though, if this meter is inherently natural or if it comes from frequent acquaintance with it from reading shakespeare poems and plays and the writings of others. years ago someone said, free verse is not free. and indeed in the craft of poetry we need to pay attention to the sound, the flow, of words. -glen

  • Akhtar Jawad (3/26/2018 10:08:00 PM)

    A lovely write that captures peace and beauty of a lovely day, when one is spared to admire the true beauty of the nature. Congrats! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/27/2018 7:27:00 AM)

    thank you, akhtar. indeed, the loveliness in the write followed, was inspired by, the loveliness of the day. may many such days be yours! -glen

  • (3/26/2018 8:44:00 PM)

    And not just a poem! Poem Of The Day! Very well deserved! Congratulations, Glen! Ah, Yes! The joys of retirement! You have so wonderfully expressed fully enjoying God's beautiful gifts to us. In the twilight years of our lives. Having all the time in the world to fully appreciate life. Your poem brought a smile to my mouth. And joy into my heart. Thank you for your wonderful gift! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/27/2018 7:25:00 AM)

    you're welcome, richard. and thank you for your wonderfully supportive comments. i find twilight years an interesting phrase. am i there yet? i wonder. i tend to think not. but maybe, though i'm nearly seventy, youth's assumption of invulnerability has not fully left me yet. be blessed! -glen

  • Lyn Paul (3/26/2018 6:21:00 PM)

    A lovely write. I can feel the freshness of the day in your words. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/27/2018 7:03:00 AM)

    oh good! thank you, lyn, for reading and commenting. it was a lovely day. just thought of this—if you don't know it already, find and read e.e. cummings sonnet which begins, i thank you, God, for most this amazing day. be blessed! -glen

  • (3/26/2018 4:25:00 PM)

    the pleasant medley of their sounds
    their flight against the blue
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    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 5:33:00 PM)

    thanks for commenting, marieta. the first line you quote above is a favorite of mine from the poem, one that suggested itself, it seemed, when i was searching for how to describe the experience. -glen

  • Susan Williams (3/26/2018 3:58:00 PM)

    Yes! ! ! This poem so richly deserves acclamation! Congratulations on receiving Poem of the Day. it is a masterpiece! Into my fav list and 10's all over this! , (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 5:36:00 PM)

    thanks much, susan. this is one of the favorite poems of mine written since i started posting in ph back in january of 2016. be well. -glen

  • Kim Barney (3/26/2018 11:00:00 AM)

    such a good poem, and well-deserved as poem of the day! Congratulations. Loved the references to birds. I am a bird-watcher myself and have written a few poems about birds.
    And the flowers - - I could see them and almost smell them!
    Well done!
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    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 5:40:00 PM)

    thanks, kim. i'm not a serious birder, but i get especially excited when i spot ones i don't usually see. a couple of weekends ago i was standing in my front yard with my granddaughter when we spotted (my first sighting) three black capped chickadees in the desert willow there. be blessed in your birding and all your life! -glen

  • Rini Jerry (3/26/2018 9:00:00 AM)

    Well deserved poem as Poem of day..early spring which inspired to write a poem (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 5:43:00 PM)

    thank you, rini, for your affirmation. i'm glad you think so. spring is my favorite time of year (it helps that i don't have allergies) . hope your spring brings much wonder and love. -glen

  • Francis Lynch (3/26/2018 8:20:00 AM)

    Wonderful write on a beautiful spring day. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 5:45:00 PM)

    thank you, francis. don't know if i've gotten a comment from you before. if not, a special thank you, and glad to meet you here in ph. i'll have to check out your stuff. blessings your way. -glen

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (3/26/2018 8:14:00 AM)

    and now back up the hill and musing
    this a day to make him want to write a poem—
    with all it stirs and all it brings a poem in itself. all that you sensed and percieved on the way forms a subject of a fine poem dear Glen.. thank you and Congrats.. tony
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    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 5:47:00 PM)

    thank you, tony. it occurs to me you might like another spring poem of mine titled island chain. it also began with a walk and finishes, in the poem, with appreciation for my wife and the shared life we've had together. hoping you're well in every way, glen

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/26/2018 7:23:00 AM)

    The beauty of life will go on. Just enjoy and have a great time. Such a wonderful poem! ! Enjoyed thoroughly. Congrats. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 5:50:00 PM)

    thank you, anil. and like you i am convinced the beauty of life will go no matter how much bad news is broadcast to us. this is the point of a new poem of mine titled life is also this—if you haven't read it yet. beauty and love be yours in abundance. -glen

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/26/2018 5:00:00 AM)

    So wonderful to see you as the poet of the day.
    You richly deserve this honour.
    Heartiest Congratulations Glen. So happy and proud!
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    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 6:59:00 AM)

    thank you, geeta, for the warm affirmation in your comment. i very much appreciate it. -glen

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/26/2018 3:32:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem with haunting expresson of a wonderful day. 'Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 6:54:00 AM)

    thank you, kumarmani, for your comment. spring stirs the life in us, the ground... and what is not already manifest we seem to sense that the rising will be coming soon. -glen

  • Tom Allport (3/26/2018 2:46:00 AM)

    a wonderful poem of a wonderful day that inspired you to write this poem that way? ...............well penned Glen (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 6:49:00 AM)

    you got me perfectly, tom. thank you for taking the time to read and comment. i expect you've been struck with the beauty of something and thought, this should make a poem. such was this day. -glen

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/26/2018 12:52:00 AM)

    Glen, such a profound poem of the day... congrats for being chosen....10+++ (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 6:47:00 AM)

    thank you, bernard. and thank you for commenting. it was a day that seemed to call for a poem. but nothing can top such a gorgeous day, the divine's art. -glen

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/26/2018 12:35:00 AM)

    In itself! ! With the beauty of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (3/26/2018 6:45:00 AM)

    you're welcome. good to share our poetry, yes? thank you for commenting, edward. -glen

  • Valsa George (10/24/2017 12:12:00 AM)

    A lovely day with the sun bright and warm, a clear sky, gentle breeze- an ideal day for a walk enjoying the song of birds and seeing the opening flowers. Your meeting and talking to a beautiful girl who makes you have the thrill of youth once again..has been an additional bonus.! Everything is auspicious enough for the birth of a poem! Poems are born on such days of sweet tranquility......! I too felt a sweet thrill reading this poem.This ability to stop occasionally and observe Nature and enjoy its pristine beauty is a blessing, indeed! Only one with a relaxed attitude to life can have such blissful moments.....! Beautiful poem! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (10/24/2017 7:00:00 AM)

    thank you, valsa, for your kind and perceptive words. and sometimes, of course, as in your poem, what seems auspicious fails to turn into a poem. on this particular day, as i wrote, it occurred to me the beautiful day was itself a poem. what more to do than describe it! -glen

  • Daniel Brick (6/14/2017 7:59:00 PM)

    This is a poem made from the routine details bur unexpected observations of ordinary life. It does not propose life as an adventure, a risk, a challenge but a routine of repetitions and the delight that comes from a ZEN-like focus on what is immediate. A ZEN master would applaud your poem by saying, WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? But he'd be smiling inside at the strides you've taken toward satori. Or you could relate THIS DAY IN THE LIFE OF... to any number of Jesus's parables. (Or skip the outside parables: It's a sweet recollection of a perfectly
    balanced day.
    Amen to that.
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    Glen Kappy (6/15/2017 7:30:00 AM)

    life is full of pleasures and beauty. with me i notice more with age. what comes to mind is that this had its beginning when in college, sitting on a bench near my home, i saw, as if for the first time, a tree- a single tree- and saw it as whole unto itself, a living thing.

    this is a poem that had been brewing in me a long time before it finally percolated up into this one. i expect, daniel, you've had the feeling of a poem right there but not quite ready, but it seemed the time or mood was ripe.

    two of my other poems come to mind in connection with this poem and your comments. one is my backyard, a minimalist poem if there ever was one. the other is vowed to silence for a day.

    daniel, i appreciate much your reading and look forward to your comments.

    may amazement be yours always.


  • Seamus O Brian (4/15/2017 2:42:00 PM)

    Glen, I've read this piece a few times, and I find that in the midst of the normal activity of a routine day, there is hidden truth about time itself and the passing of the seasons of life. The forgetting of birthday cards, the encounter of beauty that produces a response beyond the realm of age, the ability to appreciate the simple beauty of foliage and birds that the hectic nature of life usually robs from us- - these threads weave a deeper narrative that life transcends seasons. Intriguing piece, Glen. Bravo! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/15/2017 6:00:00 PM)

    wow, neal, thank you first for reading the poem and then for your substantial response. i've had days and times like this before, but this time i went for it just giving the narrative of what happened and hoping it would speak to others- poets especially who see/feel the beauty but don't know what to write. glad you liked it. -glen

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