Three Horses In The Cold

Three Horses in the Cold

There stood three geldings strong
Side by side
Near the fence—
We paused our hike
In admiration
And they returned our gaze

From the horizontal bars
Of metal pipe fence
Hung neat rows of
Miniature icicles—
A delicate
Crystal valance

by Lori Lipsky
first published by Bolts of Silk, January 2012
Related poems you may enjoy:
Through the North Window
As Snow Falls

Upcoming Event: Featured Reader, Winter Festival of Poetry, 
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at The Fountain of Madison, 
122 State Street, Madison WI, 2pm. Sponsored by the 
Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.

The Knitter

Clothing Hanging on a Rack

The Knitter

to show her love
she knit him a sweater
praying as she worked
with size two needles

bless the man 
who wears this sweater
with health, respect, riches
and love throughout his lifetime

He tried it on
to be polite
then tossed the perfect-fit
on a rear closet shelf—

Months after he’d
disposed of the knitter
he donated
the never-worn sweater, and now

hours of knitted prayers
await the man
who hunts for love
on a Goodwill rack
by Lori Lipsky
photo: DonNichols/istockphoto

I'm pleased to announce I'll be one of the 
featured readers this Sunday, February 16, taking part
in the Winter Festival of Poetry, sponsored by
the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. You are
cordially invited to attend. Free at 2pm at 
The Fountain of Madison, 122 State Street, 
Madison, Wisconsin.
Also participating on Sunday will be former WI Poet
Laureate, Marilyn Taylor, and Shoshauna Shy.

Errand Day

Shoe Shoppe

Errand Day

Five clerks served up
my daily portion of human

One had a cold—I pitied him
then disinfected
my hands

Two expressed only unhappiness
eager for her shift
to end

Three talked all the while to her co-worker
seeing right
through me

Four never thought to make eye contact
or smile

Five brought kindness back to my world
infusing my evening with pleasant

by Lori Lipsky
photo credit: istockphoto/photoeuphoria

Also showing today: Through the North Window
at The Barn Door

Celebrate. 2013 Stats. Thanks.

It’s time to celebrate!  My annual blog report from WordPress has arrived. Thank you, readers. Thanks especially to those who take time to comment. Thank you for your words of encouragement. You help (more than you know) to keep me writing.

How about some chocolate? As a thank you, I’d love to send some chocolate to my most active commenters. The top five commenters on Poetry Patio in 2013 were:

1. Susan Bahr from Vermont  (Down the Mountain Road)

2. Resa McConaghy from Vancouver, Canada (Resa’s websiteArt Gowns)

3. Joanie from WI (Joanie Shawhan/In Her Shoes)

4. Robin Steinweg from WI (writes for Barn Door and Music Teacher’s Helper)

5. Dorannrule (Dor) from Virginia (Virginia Views)

Thank you, thank you for your support! Send your mailing address to me at lipskypatio [at] and I’ll send some chocolates your way.

More Stats: Visitors came to Poetry Patio from 81 countries in 2013. Besides the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia were not far behind.

My most commented on post was Devotion.

My most viewed poem was A Sleeping Baby (written in 2012).

My busiest day of the year was the day I posted the poem Good Morning.

For fun, I’ve included those three short poems below. Happy New Year!

All the best to you in 2014!  ~Lori


Good Morning
Sing, Dance, Hum
Shout out the window
Clash the cymbals

Another new day
by Lori Lipsky
photo credit: jamesbenet/istockphoto


A Sleeping Baby

When trouble crowds in
Watch a baby sleep
Touch a baby arm
Kiss a baby hand

When stress climbs high
Whiff a little baby smell
Rock a baby, nuzzle
Watch a baby sleep

by Lori Lipsky
photo credit:istockphoto/Kristina Greke



Devotion is 
better measured
by time
than enthusiasm
by Lori Lipsky

Happy 60th Anniversary, Mom and Dad. 
*Married June 6, 1953*