My poem published in The Citizen January 25, 2015

Separately United

by Bobbie Panek


We meet on a frigid January morning

more for the placement of a comma 

than for a cup of coffee

more concerned about line

breaks than cookies on a plate

not for manifestos but for meaning

friends who enjoy words and the sound of words

who enjoy each others’ voice not political cry.


Yes it is cold outside with wind chills below zero

yet we’ll be warm with our greetings,

our desire to listen

our attention 

to intention.


Over the world people of like-minds

gather for the good. In today’s climate of 

terrorist attacks, we hunker down for 

our freedom of speech, our need to speak 

from our cores, each of us separately united.