Poetic Journeys & Exceptions


Destiny binds its roots
in the writhing soul
of our own imperfections

Winter Green

Winter Green: photograph – Ilona Rapp

its wisdom too complex
to parse, its delicate leaves
lashed by winds of greed

Its branches hacked bare
in peremptory spasms
of cold calculations

Rigid matrixes,
eschewing integrity
in the nefarious logic

of profits and loss,
until the solution to
generating Peace
is a fatal exception

and hope forms
the single thread
which anchors us
to eternity.

©Ilona Rapp 2017 All Rights Reserved

IA Initiate by John D Winston An Imaginative and Provocative Young Adult Novel

IA: Initiate (IA #1) by John Darryl Winston (Goodreads Author) 41544935 Ilona Rapp’s review Dec 02, 2015 (also published on Goodreads and Amazon) What happens when a songwriter tells a story? In IA Initiate, we have the opportunity to find … Continue reading

Many Layers of Truth

Truth is inalienable, except when it is not. It is a many layered work of art, a composition, with seemingly contradictory elements, each of which defines truth within the fabric of the observer’s background, position, angle of ascent or descent, … Continue reading

A Snapshot of a Moment

Little Snapping Turtle Remember how you’d bite When your splashing went unnoticed When our silence gathered spite Little Snapping Turtle Remember how you’d kick When you sought the warmth of comfort Or when you’d fallen sick Little Snapping Turtle Sleeping … Continue reading

Warm Recollections of City Sidewalks

Poet John Wisdom posted a five line tanka on twitter which carried me back to my childhood.  The celebrating event defining summer was two fold.  First my hair would be pinned up into my “summer bun,” and secondly, I would … Continue reading

Double Spaces to end a thought… To use or not to use, that is the question.

Should We Use a Single or a Double Space at the End of a Thought? My son is taking college classes in lieu of high school and I have been editing his work. I later realized that he had also … Continue reading

Song for Solace: Unentitled Roar

I have not attempted to write a song in decades, and I didn’t intend to write this one, though I was challenged to do so.  The melody and lyrics streamed through the open door I provided and I share them with … Continue reading

Our Changing World: It’s Raining in Anchorage

It’s Raining in Anchorage It’s raining in Anchorage. The glaciers have surrendered and the solstice draws near shrouded in brilliant endeavors The glaciers have surrendered The wanton path of progress shrouded in brilliant endeavors bleeds a murmuring of sunlight The … Continue reading

Musings on Filth and Fumes- One Writer’s Expanded Resume by Ilona Rapp

My daughter landed in New York this week.  To my delight, she asked about my favorite haunts in Manhattan.  My memories, surprisingly, are almost as old as she is, and from a time when I was exactly her age.  That … Continue reading

Read the fine print! Writing Competitions, Stress and Relief (or “if it can go wrong, it probably will!”) by Ilona Rapp 02 23 15

I am going to skip to the conclusion and announce that I successfully submitted my three entries into the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Unpublished Contest two days ago. It was, of course, the final day and the final hour of … Continue reading

AUTHOR BRANDING: Semantics, Contrivances, Contradictions and Empowerment Part I: Deconstruction and Reconstructing (AUTHOR OR WRITER)by Ilona Rapp 02 22 15

For the writer, language is a powerful tool. Some writers sidestep the title of “author” on the basis of semantics. Despite their status as synonyms, the two words can carry different connotations. Going back to basics, I looked for the … Continue reading

Solace Born of Winter

Solace Born of Winter is the first novel in my Series, the Sentinels of Solace. It is a contemporary fantasy which was conceived four years ago, in celebration of my birth as a writer. The writer within me learned to … Continue reading