How is it Friday already? I’m here to introduce you to Patrick Tumblety as the last feature of this week on #HookedOnPoetry. If you missed the first two, hosted here on Tuesday and on Kendall Reviews on Wednesday, you can find the links on the Poetry page.
I’m excited for you to meet Patrick today and read his original poetry. I’m so very happy to publish them here for you to read. Patrick has a big heart, is a wonderful supporter of other writers in the community as well as charities, and is a talented writer and poet. He’s been published in a variety of anthologies, including Tales of Jack The Ripper by Word Horde Press, Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy series, Fossil Lake, edited by Christine Morgan, and the historic Weirdbook Magazine.
During October of 2019, Patrick released The October Children, an audio series of seasonal poetry and prose to celebrate Autumn and Halloween. He is currently producing a 2020 season.
I hope you enjoy! If you do, please share and use #HookedOnPoetry hashtag! Have a wonderful weekend. See you back here next week, mostly likely on Wednesday.
A foreword from Patrick
(note: it’s from the day he submitted the poetry almost a month ago)
Day 25: Quarantine.
I need poetry now more than ever. The fear and frustration is building and the best way I can release it is to throw myself onto the page. My body can’t leave the house, but my heart can still travel. So I reach into the sand and pull out the pieces of myself that dreams of fresh air, without a virus, without uncertainty. Where we can congregate, soak in the sun, and look toward the horizon for a healthier tomorrow.
by Patrick Tumblety
I belong on the shore, amongst the sand and the sun.
Where my skin sizzles in harmony with water against sand.
My soul knows I’m right on the edge and implores me to take the plunge,
let the waves roll me out and the undertow drag me away.
The concrete sirens sing with voices as dry as dust.
Still, I close my eyes and hear the sea maiden’s song.
She will be waiting for me when my work is done,
and I can return to the place where I belong.
by Patrick Tumblety
Sun burnt and salt scraped
we live by the sea,
and sail by old wood and new skin,
foam-tossed and free!
We believe in gods and monsters,
for the ocean can swallow us whole.
If a leviathan breaches, we look toward the reaches,
splashes of stars shall guide our way home!
Threading the blue line between oblivions-
the depths of hell and sky-
we bounce the curved horizon, gently,
and through the squall we ride!
The horizon is a cursive flourish;
a signature of a God who knows no time.
We ride the loops and connections, willingly.
On capsized letters we are prepared to die!
With cured muscle and calloused hands
we fight against the raging sea.
If the sails tear and the ship sinks, so be it,
we have always been blue-bound and free!
At pink sky’s end we return to the beaches,
and tend to our families on shore.
In morning we return to the reaches,
salty dogs to a great blue lure…
A Blank Page
by Patrick Tumblety
My Greek Goddess,
singed by the sun; her skin
is punctuation at the end of her Odyssey.
Now, she births a new sentence
and begins a legacy.
My little Odessa,
has yet to see the light of day.
Her snowy canvas
awaits the color of history.
Patrick Tumblety’s Biography –
Patrick Tumblety has been published in a variety of anthologies, including Tales of JackThe Ripper by Word Horde Press, Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy series, Fossil Lake, edited by Christine Morgan, and the historic Weirdbook Magazine. His work has been described as being able to deliver both “genuine fear and genuine hope.” (Amy H. Sturgis – Award Winning Author and Professor of Narrative Studies).
In October of 2019, he released an audio series comprised of poetry and prose to celebrate the autumn season, titled The October Children. The project received positive feedback and encouraged him to do a 2020 season. The pieces are all original and range from the nostalgic to the macabre, all in fun for Halloween.
During the holidays of 2019, he released a creepy Christmas poem (illustrated by artist Thomas Boatwright). He donated a dollar for every like/retweet/post about the poem to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
He has been featured in various other publications including Dark Moon Digest and Siren’s Call Magazine (most recently issue 45 in 2019 published two of his poems). He uses poetry not only to be nostalgic about the holidays but to write about love, family, and life. He’s currently working on a collection of poetry.
Follow Patrick on Twitter: @peak37pt
Thanks again for joining in. Let’s keep talking about poetry, shall we?