27 July 2015


by D. Denise Dianaty

For each, a gift of generosity
From Granny's doting heart
I loved the Pop! Pop! Rattle! Tumble!
O'colored beads tossed within th'globe
Sister got the rolling scene pastoral
With tinkling, tumbling, music box sound

Run around and run around and run around…
Laughing… rolling 'em 'cross the ground.
Suddlenly… shockingly… Sister snatches that
Pop! Pop! rattling globe from me…
And toddles off with't joyfully
I'm left in a moment's consternation
O'er the injustice of it all…
A shrug… a giggle… Plop! I sit!
And happily twiddle round the scene pastoral
Delighted, enthralled with the tumbling
Tinkling, twinkling, music box sound
Chime and ting and chink-a-tink

Dash! And WHACK! Crashed 'cross my head!
Flash of stars and black blaze before my eyes
Bright twinkles on the edge of sight
Warm, itchy dribbles down my forehead
Sister giggles now and toddles away
Gone off now with both gifts - HEY!

D. Denise Dianaty
©30 August 2014

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08 July 2015



Bleak September rain 
     washes away the end of Summer…
Damp, Barber winds bluster and 
     carry away warm Summer breezes…
The hastening dance of days
     runs ever shorter in fall of Autumn color
Brittle, dry, crackling leaves 
     fly, dance, shutter, and fall…
Fragile, crumbling refuse 
     of warmer, brighter days.

Cold winds blow,
     snaking round every corner…
Swirling, seeping, sneaking
     into every chilly nook and bower…
Breathing frigid fractals
     ‘pon the frosted windowpane…
Slithering, plundering warmth 
     and weak, dreary daylight…
From hyperboreal frozen,
     merciless, snowbound nights.

Winds howl and souls cower
     ‘neath the crawling, creeping glacial rictus…
Buried in the icy grip 
     of desolate, frozen Winter.

by D. Denise Dianaty
© 12 September 2014

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book of poetry at My Life In Poetry

04 July 2015

This Southerner won’t display the Confederate Battle Flag

From a post on FB The Veterans Site

D. Denise Dianaty
As a proud Southerner and unashamedly Christian woman, how could I kneel beside my ethnic minority brothers and sisters at God’s sacred altar, then go home and display any emblem that to them is a symbol of oppression, degradation, racism, and hate? 

I had many relatives who fought in the Civil War; I do not feel the need to fly their battle flag any more than I feel the need to fly the flags of any other of my ancestors. I had relatives who sided with the British in the Revolution and in the war of 1812 -- you probably did as well. I had relatives who sided with the Scots against the British in every single war they ever fought against each other; in the same wars, I had British ancestors who fought the Scots. I’m as proud of my Scottish ancestry as I am of my Southern ancestry and heritage -- AND my American heritage. A historical emblem cannot change that. But, that emblem belongs in the museums, in permanent historical monuments and portrayals, and in the history books alongside the artifacts of all the wars in which my ancestors fought. 

Just like my dear friend and black neighbor who sits and prays with me every Sunday at our local church, and just like my immigrant Middle Eastern husband (and father of my child), I am a citizen of the United States of America -- UNITED.

Further, to say that the Confederate Battle Flag is NOT an emblem divisiveness is, at best, na├»ve. Even if you set aside the racism and slavery issues, it was always and is still an emblem of Civil War… of the division of America… of the Union of our forefathers torn asunder. It is inarguably a them-versus-us emblem. And, it is, or should be, a reminder of the humiliation and tragedy of that period -- after all, the Confederacy LOST that war and the Union of the UNITED States of America was preserved. 

Finally, should our ethnic minorities have to tread the halls of public government buildings under what is a sign of their marginalization to so many?

Jennie Baron

Partnering in this blog, Jennie Baron, fellow proud and unashamedly Christian Southerner and Texan -- and American.

We agree on so many points, Denise.  I will not display, and never have displayed, that symbol of the Confederacy.  Why just inflame the emotions that divide us?  On this day when we celebrate our birth as a unified republic, I'll display only the Stars and Stripes.  Coming from Texas, where we have a stubborn and independent streak, I'm proud that we became an independent republic, but even more proud that we're part of the USA. 

That said, the controversy over the Confederate flag has generated a knee-jerk reaction with regard to ALL relics and symbols of the Confederacy.  I don't believe in taking down all memorial statues, and for example, I disagree with the National Cathedral removing stained-glass windows.  It's important to preserve at least some of our history, if only in museums.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to air my views on this Independence Day--Independence Day for the UNITED States of America.