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Small Bear

Book launch today! Photos later. And, a snippet from Small Bear.

“On a bad day, even an average day,
there is no space for an orphan cub.”

Is this Small Bear three years on?

Short Story Performance

A break today from poetry teasers for the book, “A Sure Connection”…

My short story, “The Wedge” was released on podcast today. What a great performance by BC Actor Jessica Woollard!


The Moment

…the mother
glances away for the briefest
moment and the child vanishes.”

Spoiler Alert: all is not lost …

Gleann Eilg: New Year’s Eve

It rained yesterday – a lot. I crave light and warmth on such days, especially at the waning of the year.

Light lanterns and candles
for the promise of cheer.

This Orange

This orange … came so far,
adorned the pottery bowl so well:


** If you would like to attend the Book Launch in East Sooke on October 16 and haven’t received an invitation, drop me a note at author@wmherring.com . There are a few seats available. **

The title of the book “A Sure Connection” comes from this poem.

“… somebody saved by the rope
anchoring house to barn …”

Midwinter Words

Stark words & spare
writ white on white

Gleann Eilg: West Beach

“… take a moment
to catch sun-glint on madrone bark,
pick your way down boulders to the shore.

Wild Mint Tea

When you start with wild mint, a lot happens before you have tea in a pot.

On a brisk Fall day, crush
a few dried leaves,
boil the water, make the tea.

Three Black Dogs

From the first poem in the collection, which was also the first poem to be written:

Here, now, is the other—
twelve days old,
a mere handful of possibility.

Wee Isla, with her mother Sadie