March 27, 2013 at 8:19 am (literature, Poems, poetry, Recognition) (, , , , , , , )

 Dedicated to my circle of delicious poets: John Etheridge (, Elizabeth Cook ( and Jordan Roe (
Working virtually
the PenDragons are poetry’s
rough hewn ships on the tide of life
casting inky anchors deep, 
diving minds for matter,
sifting happenings for collateral
worthy of our keep.
We make no promises
seaweed catches on our bows
best intentions dashed
by errant storm, becalmed
by sleeping muse,
yet still compelled, we push
through ode and villanelle
divining subtle truths.


  1. unfetteredbs said,

    rough hewn ships on the tide of life– love this line Julia! Compelled we push…indeed
    greatness as usual

  2. john said,

    Well, I must say, as one of the PenDragons that I am honored. And a little daunted. In this circle, when it comes to “divining subtle truths” I feel more like the proverbial bull in the subtlety shop than a master seaman tossed in “rough hewn ships on the tide of life”. Still…Wonderful poem! Thank you! 🙂

  3. julespaige said,

    I was thinking of PenDragons as being those things that we write with. But I like the idea of being a writer/poet named as a PenDragon ‘divining subtle truths’
    Over at We Write Poems we were asked to rename things…you might enjoy:

    Thanks for your visits.

  4. j matthew waters said,

    excellent poetry here – nicely done!

  5. john said,

    Reblogged this on the Book of Pain and commented:
    Julia Dean-Richards is a wonderful poet and a fellow PenDragon. To learn more about being a PenDragon, read on…

  6. joeroe12 said,


  7. Pawan Hira said,

    I’m amazed with each line, they are beautiful compositions.

    You are making a promise, without compromising the act of being a writer. You arrive gloriously—keep plucking your acute brows, Julia Dean-Richards. Blessings.

    • Julia Dean-Richards said,

      It’s good to hear from you, Pawan; thank you for your encouragement. I wonder where our words will take us next?

      • Pawan Hira said,

        …and that we cannot guess. Ah! I think it is moving process.

  8. lly1205 said,

    This is great, I’m so glad to see it out here! Thanks, Julia!


  9. Wilder Man On Rolling Creek said,

    “casting inky anchors deep, … diving minds for matter”

    Depth … A great deal of activity happening there, not words, but words with imagery. Thank you for writing …

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