Helen M. D'Ordine is a retired teacher, an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College, a member of The Writers' Circle, a Block Island Poetry Project participant, an Ocean State Poet, and a RI Writing Project Fellow.
In 2011, she published a chapbook, Conclusive Illusions. Her poems have appeared in Mobius, RI Writers' Circle Anthology, The Providence Journal: Poetry Corner, sheShines, Medicine & Health/RI, The Oak, and Celebrate: Poets Speak Out.
A perfect day is when she exercises, prays, reads, writes, and talks to her grandchildren.
► Helen's Origami micro-chapbook & selected poem are available below.
In Front Of The Green Beach Umbrella
Yielding a small patch of solitude
on a crowded beach
he executed Tai Chi with
slow, deliberate movements,
a testament to his mastery;
his gray hair braided, his muscles firm.
She, in lotus pose,
with the incoming tide
lapping over her legs that
didn't break her yoga trance
but added to her
oneness with the earth.
Later, they shared tofu and organics,
never craving a sip of wine.
Helen D'Ordine © 2011