Author Archives: Peter Notehelfer

About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!

On Dignity

That the man should care how he appears in the public sphere is given That the man should care how he appears in the private sphere is hoped That the man should care how he appears in mirrors is cause … Continue reading

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The Barn

Toward the fields an ancient barn stands a survivor of time Weathered boards sheathe posts`n`beams allowing it breath While on the roof the rusty galvanized`tin still keeps rain out Up in the hay`loft still`bound green bales stack in salty rows … Continue reading

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Journey of Faith

In Childhood I learned the Faith at my Mother’s knees its Laws & Grace Its Mercy true `Til Confirmed I studied the Faith at a Master’s hands its Truth & Flaws Its History long `Til Ordained I taught the Faith … Continue reading

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The Dusk

A dark Day for Democracy as the Sun is setting on day`Dreams at Night`fall Our Journey towards Liberty and Justice for All moves in Circles of Immaturity The Masters trade in Options on new slave`blocks The new Chattel Immigrants Flesh`n`Bone … Continue reading

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The Village

Above the bridge the two streams meet and at their confluence a water`wheel churns under an old mill Up from the mill against the foot`hills stands a tidy old village spring white`washed down to footings Along the lanes tow`headed children … Continue reading

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The Moment

We are a people lost along the way leading from liberty ours to liberty for all as fearful we founder on the shoals of hate we are blindmen led by captains blinded by their own will This the moment Here … Continue reading

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The Wall

Along the lane where once we met among the open fields you with the shovel I with the cane A king has built a wall as tho to say our commerce is unsafe trading in but words which is our … Continue reading

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The Way

The way as always round a hill into the dale past a stream upon a bridge into the dale round a hill as always The way This life is forever in descent into leisure `til at an idle when mercy … Continue reading

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The Wind

The wind hollow inside an endless tunnel without walls mid night She rises off the ridges tumbles thru trees in avalanches of sound Un`spent over the land she churns the sea to a stiff froth of waves To pummel the … Continue reading

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On Naming

To him they were simply birds songbirds perhaps To her they were always more finch wren towhee To Jim they were specifically Meg Sally Big Blue A name is the gift we bestow on those we love

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An Epiphany

White`owls upon the Hill sit wondering winter away in quand’ry asking Whoo has any notion what’s going on up there in the White`house Wise`men they are not More wise`guys making bets on markets Mean`while the creatures take to burrows anticipating … Continue reading

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Winter Conversation

She flew in from a pine tree where she’d been worrying a cone for its nuts I’d just put some bird`seed out into the feeder after a long week of icy frost Long winter! she said alighting on the deck`railing … Continue reading

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