Dancing on the Wind

Wings flutter
bits of color
on the wind
I see and rejoice:
life is here,
energy and beauty
on the wind.
from one blossom
to another,
living their lives
and stimulating
other lives –
as we all are
one with another
and the planet thrives.

Poem by Duane L. Herrmann

Duane L. Herrmann, internationally published, award-winning poet and historian, has held a variety of teaching and other positions, now retired. His history and poetry have won awards and are translated into several languages. He has a sci fi novel: Escape from Earth. His full-length collections of poetry are: Prairies of Possibilities, Ichnographical: 173, Praise the King of Glory, Family Plowing, and Remnants of a Life. His poetry has received the Robert Hayden Poetry Fellowship, inclusion in American Poets of the 1990s, the Map of Kansas Literature (website), Kansas Poets Trail and others. His history, By Thy Strengthening Grace, received the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award in 2007. Collections of short stories and historical articles are forthcoming. These accomplishments defy his traumatic childhood embellished by dyslexia, ADHD and, now, PTSD. He’s still learning to be human and breathe at the same time.

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