Humble Shant

My humble shant be free of strife
Untroubled see my simple life
Skiff and paddle, hat and brim
Gift unaddled bright, not dim

Photo by Tunde Hegedus at Inle Lake, Myanmar











Amid the Stream

I walked amid the stream and trout
Below the gleaming sun, and doubt
Was rinsed away within the glow
Convinced I stay, for thence I know.

Photo from Margaret O’Driscoll












Boast of the Crown

Perimetric copper glow
Platinum core of Aurum flow
Gilded bronze of bended fire
Molten Sun, unending pyre

Circle crowning circle bold
Ancientry; symmetric gold
Burn desire, to churn my fame
Yearning higher; learn my name

Photo by Ansel Siegenthaler



Arc of Fire

arc of fire and vault of dark
mark, inspire, exalted, stark
burning pyre, ignited spark
yearning higher, night embark

Photo by Adam Scharich






Neal Dachstadter is a poet living in Tennessee.  His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (UK), Western Viewpoints and Poetic Images: the Great American West (Woodinville, Washington), Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015 (Mt Hope, New York), Rocky Point Times (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont).  A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing with Delta Kappa Epsilon International.  Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Athens encouraged him as a writer.  In 2015 he wrote in Arizona at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument five miles north of Mexico.


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  1. Margaret O'Driscoll

    Congrats Neal, the poems are perfect gems and the pics beautifully complement them, glad to be a muse 🙂


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