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9.11 Remember   Leave a comment

9-11-2001 ~ Remember

 One day
in September,
not spent leave or petals,
bodies wrapped in twisted metal
embrace freedom
to save innocent lives,
giving theirs with warrior’s cry –
“Let’s Roll.”
Ten years,
we grieve for innocence
lost; honor those who showed selfless
© Copyright 2011 Kate Sender
Kate – 9-11-2011
Remembering 9-11-2001
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana, Philosopher (1863-1952)
9-11-2016 – It’s only been 15 years ~ Remember, Please





Posted September 11, 2016 by Kate2World in 9-11-2001, Freedom, History, Poetry, Writing

Labor Day – Celebrate U.S. Worker Bees   2 comments

Today we, the Worker Bees, celebrate not only our contribution to, but the very creation of, our democracy; envisioning and implementing the ideals, and very existence, of these United States of America.

It is we who maintain the freedom of all the residents in the U.S. to pursue the lifestyle to which each aspires, the dreams each envision for self, family and community.

We do this by our daily effort; we create and build. We are the line workers, the secretaries, the nurses, cashiers and foot soldiers the “support staff.” We are the writers, poets and artists. We weave the fabric of our society; through our daily efforts, WE make it all work.

Celebrate with me, this day, not merely our contribution to, but the very creation of these United States as she is and as she can be. Pay tribute to our fellows on this Labor Day; honor the creators of our nation’s strength, freedom and leadership in the world.

Celebrate the American Worker Bees!

Posted September 5, 2011 by Kate2World in Holiday, Writing

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One Word at a Time   Leave a comment

One word at a time

To begin your journey, pick up the pen,
Write that prose or rhyme;
Though book or sonnet, each must be written
One word at a time.

Tune in the melody your ear does chime
‘Till harmony does float;
Each lullaby and symphony sublime
Starts with just one note.

Let palettes of vision your canvas coat
With hue stark or lush;
From sketch to masterpiece is not remote,
Take in hand the brush.

The spirit once seen and heard will not hush,
No more silent mime,
The dream once savored, muse’s nascent blush
Will but higher climb.

© 2006 Kate Sender

Prompt: “When asked, ‘how do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’” Stephen King

Virelay ~ Interlinking quatrains, 1st and 3rd line long, 2nd and 4th line short; linked by rhyming 2nd and 4th line of first stanza with 1st and 3rd of second; etc., final stanza, link the short 2nd and 4th lines to the rhyme of the same lines in the first stanza. Though no meter required, I tried to sustain a rhythm where I could.

Independence Day 2011   Leave a comment

service with honor
cerulean skies ignite
for freedom’s delight

With this brief senryu I invite you to give thanks to the service personnel, active, on call, and retired, who bear with honor the burden of maintaining our freedom; and share further, if you will, one soldier’s perspective in etheree form reprised from last year ~ Thank You

burn the sky
with toxic flames,
searing flesh and mind;
‘till veiled by joyous cries,
mem’ries retreat, careworn eyes
open to see reflected light
glow with freedom’s joy in his child’s face.
For this sight with pride he served – soldier smiles.

© 2010 Kate Sender

one resolution   Leave a comment

one resolution
sow random acts of kindness
water seedlings well


This was my first post at Writing.Com five years ago ~ I still think the simple senryu is relevant.

Brightest Blessings for the New Year and success and joy for the New Decade.


Posted January 2, 2011 by Kate2World in Blessings, Haiku & Senryu, Inspirational

December 8, 1980 – 30 years ago today ^_&   1 comment

    December 8, 1980

Girls’ night in
four of us will gather
in my first apartment
to commemorate landmarks
propelling us into adulthood.

Beer in Looney Tunes glasses,
served with a dollop of friendly hazing
punctuating the white noise of Monday Night Football.
Each arrival will make her grand entrance,
take center stage to celebrate –
first apartment,
first real job,
first rock-on-third-finger,
first gallery exhibition.

Somewhere between the third and fourth toast,
somnolent droning of the television changed,
demanding attention, as
Howard Cosell, in his droll gravelly voice
announced John Lennon had been shot.

Eyes locked open in stunned disbelief,
compelled to witness the unfolding horror,
nothing could be more surreal,
nothing more senseless,
nothing, until I answered the phone;
learning over noisome trilling hospital bleeps
just how the night’s miasma of evil
had reached out to touch us more viscerally.

As music lay bleeding to death in the street
our fourth lay bleeding, beaten, raped;
her spirit broken, her art destroyed,
her fire quenched at its spark.

Girls’ night in,
we wept,
mourning the landmarks
propelling us into adulthood.

© 2008 Kate Sender
First Publication: Falling Star Magazine, Summer 2008

Is writing a ‘happy’ thing?   Leave a comment

A fellow writer, Pat Dale, today posed the question “Are you happy with your writing?” 

My response:

I don’t know if it’s happiness.  What I feel when I write is wholeness. When I sculpt letters into words, then read aloud the poem I just wrote, and I can perceive it with my eyes and ears and nose and skin; when I wrap up a scene or a story and it feels real (even though it be a fantasy or speculative fiction) – I feel connected and a part  of something essential, a voice in the lyric cacophany that began before we measured time and evolves through its essence with each note that rises melodic, each leaf that sips sunlight, each seed that reaches skyward, each sparrow that soars on a whistling zephyr. 

When someone else reads those words and says, ‘hey, I can see it, I can hear it, I can feel it’ that’s sublime; my eclectic solo evoking a response from another.

When I write I live in the moment, albeit one I inscribe with my essence.  If we need a label, then I guess when I write I am happy ~ Write On!


I give thanks to Pat Dale for posing the question and the writers who each raised a pen in response ~ do check it out here

And, fellow writers, Be Happy! ~ Write On 🙂


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