POETIC BLOOMINGS is a Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild site established in May 2011 to nurture and inspire the creative spirit.


This poem from my chapbook, WOOD, was used to test and demonstrate the audio capabilities of CREATIVE BLOOMINGS. The player below, or in the lower right corner will provide the sound (make sure your volume is up). And suddenly, you know what I sound like! Walt.


(Read by Walter J Wojtanik)

Labored and shallow,
a respirator kept the last vestige
of breath on a regimented pace.

Inhalation and exhalation mechanized;
keeping the plane of life still in view
for eyes closed and mortified.

All sense of pulse was just
a faint memory, and suddenly
the sound of a father’s voice was hard to recall.

The strength of it nestled in a heart
so deeply that it defied fibrillations.
The ashen hue of his drawn cheekbones

made the vision of him indistinguishable.
Erratic and broken now, each gasp begged
to be his last. A faint squeeze

of a clutching hand flashed the image
of your “hero” walking you across the street
for the first time. Now as he crossed,

it was your grip that led the way.
There came a gurgle; a guttural gag.
And suddenly the room fell silent.

(c) Copyright 2010 – Walter j Wojtanik

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  1. Comes through nice and clear, Walt. Such a moving piece.

  2. Terrific feature! Sounds great. Loved your reading.

    • Thank you as well, Janice. Glad we’re getting the functions working. This will add a lot to the site. Maybe we’ll feature one a week. Maybe one of the bloom poems or a contributor’s selection.

  3. …and MAYBE a CD compilation of the collection eventually?

  4. Love the audio and would like to see the poem posted with it 🙂

  5. You sure don’t sound like your picture. haha

  6. RJ Clarken on said:

    Wow! That was so cool! I just loved hearing you read that poem. It really came alive.

  7. elishevasmom on said:

    I am soooo technically challenged. I don’t see a player link on my page. What am I doing wrong? 😦

  8. William Preston on said:

    My computer has no speakers, so I can’t use this feature. Reminds me of a time I was at a friend’s birthday party, where he has a small band playing. I said to the players, “I’ll bet you’d sound good if I could hear you.”

  9. Very nice modulated voice. More, more, more 😉

  10. Wonderful! Love this poem. Love the whole book! And hearing it read by the poet? Marie said it: Perfection! 🙂

  11. I enjoyed it the first time I heard it and every time since. This will be a great feature here, Walt.

  12. Walt, how wonderful to hear your voice! The poem could easily be for my father as well. It is a beautiful achievement, and I am honored to have been able to listen as well as read.

  13. What a touching, emotion-filled piece! Nicely penned and read, and I’m sorry for your loss. Praying for you, friend!

  14. Enjoyed hearing your voice; nice to attach that to your poems that I read in the future. The poem cuts a bit deep for me, after all the death and loss we suffered last year. I’m looking forward to the day when I can read a poem like this and not feel choked.

    • It is interesting to finally hear a voice and attach it to a face/person you know through reputation. Much like Earl’s comment of the voice not fitting what he perceived. I look forward to the day I can hear some of you in readings. I’ve heard Iain on his podcasts and he is distinctive. His reading of my “Tides” was striking. But his tender rendering of Dyson McIllwain’s final poem is haunting in that I could imagine Dyson’s voice in Iain’s brogue. I’m sorry for you losses last year. Time does heal, but she takes too long doing it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and emotion, Marilyn.

  15. This emotive poem became even more so with your reading, Walt. A fine reading indeed and a touching piece…well done. :)’s

    • 😀 Thanks Hannah Smiles. It demonstrates the power of the words we write. Hearing them plants them deeper in our minds and we can visualize them more clearly! We are affected by emotion, and as poets we write how it feels!


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