|Alma loves magic as much as poetry.|
Alma currently is president of the Dixie Poets and helps direct the Redrock Writers Seminar in St. George. Dixie Poets meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 2-4 pm in the St. George Public Library and has about 20 members with a monthly lesson and critiques of poetry at each meeting. For activities, see dixiepoets.blogspot.com. Active in the community, Dixie Poets sponsors an annual YOUTH POETRY CONTEST with the Washington County School District, serves as judges for English Quest, participates in organizing POETRY in THE PARK (see poetry-in-the-park.com) and the St. George Book Festival, teaches in local schools, submits to the Mesquite Art and Poetry Contest, DSU's Southern Quill Magazine and claims many award winning poets. Alma has published a book of poetry entitled: Hear the Whispers of the Ancient Ones. Available here. Below is a sample of Alma's poetry.
ALMOST by Alma Richie
A time for birdsto fly in southern skiesover glittering seaslike coins tossed towards a floweringmoon. A place where butterflies dance onthe edge after a long rainy afternoon.Then within my reach I find the endof the world. Spiders and theirItalian looms turn gardens intoa reflection of rainbows. Every birdrises in a new breeze while nature’s pipesrelease moisture on my withered skin.The sap hides but knows rainbeating on wooden drums. Eachshimmering leaf dances its last fallto earth alone. Again the stir of a breezeacross my face brushes my cheeks as ifto say— remember me when I am gone.