Triolet by Paul Beech

STEEPLE

Landmark, lifemark, the steeple of St John’s.

Pausing, we hear the bells faintly in snow.

Down the chill river, destiny beckons.

Landmark, lifemark, the steeple of St John’s.

Pals all our lives, we’re the lucky ones,

Tramping the valley top, me and my Bro.

Landmark, lifemark, the steeple of St John’s.

Pausing, we hear the bells faintly in snow  . . .

 

by Paul Beech (Wales)

Reflections, Issue 105,  2020

 

 

Paul Beech

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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11 Responses to Triolet by Paul Beech

  1. Pingback: Charlotte Digregorio’sWriter’s Blog July 31st, 2020 | Grandy's Landing

  2. Maureen Weldon says:

    A beautiful poem.

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Many thanks, Charlotte, for running my triolet ‘Steeple’. The bond between my younger brother and I has been an enduring one through all the ups and downs of life since our 1950s Lancashire childhood, and strong still. So I’ve much appreciated my wee poem having a fresh airing on your wonderful Writer’s Blog.

    Best always,

    Paul

  4. MaryJo says:

    I am late to your poem, Paul but enjoyed it very much. A wonderful tribute to your brother.
    The repeated Steeple stays with me. I can hear the bells ringing over the snowy landscape.

    • Thanks for commenting, Jo.

    • Paul Beech says:

      Many thanks, MaryJo, I’m so pleased you like ‘Steeple’.

      The winter walk I took my brother on was a decade ago, when I lived in a Mid-Cheshire village overlooking the Weaver Valley. The steeple of St. John the Evangelist’s Church was visible on the horizon across the river.

      Sadly my bro has dementia now, in a care home down south. I keep in regular contact by phone.

      With very best wishes,

      Paul

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