"Christmas Homecoming" by Norman Rockwell‘Blessing in Disguise’ and Other Poetry by Wendy Bourke The Society April 28, 2017 Beauty, Humor, Poetry 2 Comments Blessing in Disguise They catch each little misstep and with kindly, caring grace— they point out the right direction by gently getting in your face. And just in case, you’ve overlooked that vexsome fatal flaw, they take the time—to point it out: deftly hid, midst blah-blah-blah. They’re sweet and giving—to a fault and seldom dally to dispense the inestimable value of putting in—their own two cents. And yet, despite the flak—and knack for getting underneath your skin, when you bring a big mess to their door: family lets you in. Untitled Villanelle transcendent, as a leaf upon a breeze surrendering to breath on which it sails in grips of wind gusts, free—but yet, not free far flung from stands of great cathedral trees rustling sighs, resplendent in green veils transcendent, as a leaf upon a breeze abiding, as the earth and skies and seas through raging blows and blasts of storms and gales in grips of wind gusts, free—but yet, not free the certainty, that what will be: will be and in that truth the universe prevails transcendent, as a leaf upon a breeze and in that truth there is serenity in heaven clouds, or earthly spirit trails in grips of wind gusts, free—but yet, not free peace—in the perfect calm simplicity, the letting go of useless, vain travails— transcendent, as a leaf upon a breeze in grips of wind gusts, free—but yet, not free Wendy Bourke lives in Vancouver, Canada where she writes, goes on long rambling walks gathering photos and inspiration – and hangs out with her family (especially her two young grandsons). After a life loving words and scribbling poetry lines on pizza boxes and used envelopes, Wendy finally got down to writing “in earnest” and four years ago, began posting poetry on her poetry blog and submitting it for publication. She received first prize in the Ontario Poetry Society’s Sparkle and Shine contest in 2014 and her work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, journals and chapbooks. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses James Sale April 28, 2017 Like the poems a lot; very well expressed, especially the Villanelle. Thank you. Reply Amy Foreman April 28, 2017 Sweet family poem, Wendy! 😉 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.