An Inward Smile by Lorna Densmore Funk
Lorna’s poems are featured in her chapbook originally printed shortly before her death in March of 2009. The log cabin on the cover was thematic to her beginnings. She was born in a log cabin and you hear the wonder of her beginnings and her respect for nature in her poems.
Writing Poetry’s like taking endorphin;
It gives you an inward smile.
It doesn’t do much for insomnia
But it brings you composure for a while.
Reprinted in 2018, her chapbook will be shared with the Poetry for Pleasure class on January 25th. It is time to look back at our talented poet, get to know her and spread her rhymes. The cover has evolved to a spray of amaryllis. An Inward Smile is now available at amazon.com.
Shakespeare by Lantern Light
We learned from early childhood
The power of words to arouse.
Our mother talked to her flowers.
Our father spoke to his cows.
We lived in Koochiching County
Where winters were long and hard.
He often inspired his milking cows
With scenes he had learned from the Bard.
Pitch-forking hay he tossed them lines,
And then on his three-legged stool
He urged from cold cows a steaming stream,
That cabin-crazy fool.
He orated “Friends, Romans, Countrymen”
Or “What a rogue am I.”
He squeezed “The quality of mercy”
And milked his audience dry.