Petals in the Light

Mary and Frank

My husband Frank and I live in Western New York, with our cat, Padre Pio. In 2006, after a career of over thirty years, I retired from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. We enjoy taking cross country trips to visit our son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Shelly, and our two beautiful grandsons, Jacob and Joshua.

I didn’t start writing poetry until the age of 50. My poetry started out as free verse, but then in 2006, I was introduced to haiga on the Bag End Poetry and Message Board.With haiga, I am able to combine my love for photography with poetry. I continued my interest in haiga and became active on the haikuhut poetry forum. I then became active on Jane Reichhold's online AHApoetry forums. I acted as a moderator for the "haiga", "haiga showcase", and "haiga discussion" fora for several years. More recently, in 2014, I experimented with writing tanka and fell in love with it. Tanka has now become my main focus.

My haiga have been published online at simplyhaiku, haigaonline, sketchbook, modernhaiga, Lynx, DailyHaiga, Notes From the Gean, World Haiku Association and A Hundred Gourds. They have also have been published in print in the Moonset Literary Newspaper and the print edition of Modern Haiga 2008 and 2009. My haiku have been published online at The Heron's Nest, Notes from the Gean and A Hundred Gourds.

They have also been published in print in The Herons Nest and the Moonset Literary Newspaper. I have both haiga and haiku included in the book "The Temple Bell Stops, Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change" edited by Robert Epstein and also in the book "AHA The Anthology: Collected Works of AHA Forum Members" by Jane Reichhold. Also, one of my haiku is included in the book "Haiku and Senyru, a Simple Guide For All" by Charlotte Digregorio.

I started writing tanka in 2014 and it has become my main focus. My tanka have been published in print in Ribbons, Moonbathing, Bright Stars 4: An Organic Tanka Anthology (Volume 4), Skylark and Red Lights. They have been published online in A Hundred Gourds, Undertow Tanka Review and Cattails. Additionally, I have tanka published in Frameless Sky. I have tanka art published online in Undertow Tanka Review.

Frank and I enjoy being members of a Creative Expression writers group. One of my poems was published, along with Frank’s, in "Community And Difference: Teaching, Pluralism, And Social Justice," by Roberto A. Pena.

In addition to poetry and haiga, I enjoy, along with Frank, making rosaries as part of our parish "rosary makers" ministry. I am also a lector at daily Mass in my Parish. I enjoy photography, gardening, improving my health at the gym, taking online classes and editing and enhancing my photos in paint shop pro and photoshop. After taking an online class "Creating Web Pages", I built this website using HTML.

My faith is an integral part of my life and has helped me get through an extensive array of medical problems. God has always been there for me and the lives of the saints have been a source of inspiration. One Saint in particular, St. Therese the Little Flower, who wrote beautiful poetry, has touched my life. She suffered immensely at the end of her life and accepted all of her sufferings with love. I have dedicated this website to her.

I have chosen the word "petals" for St. Therese and "light" for the Holy Spirit.


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