Pagoda Poem by Tom SternerHowe

I Danse Pagoda (word count – 68, line count – 18)

High as the mountain
reaches its climes
a thin wisp of breeze
gently woven tapestry
might be worn as a lithograph
hung in my brain
its message clear:
“There is no cost for peace/
no peace at any cost”
As scene behind closed eyes
hands clasped in friendship
round the wounds in our Earth
where slain soldiers lie
High as the mountain
reaches its climes

Tom {WordWulf} SternerHowe, a native son of Colorado, lives in Lafayette, Colorado with wife Karen, her two sons and his youngest son, Zedidiah. Family and riding his Harley Davidson fill up the hours left over from creative enterprises. He has been extensively published in independent literary magazines including Howling Dog Press/Omega, Skyline Literary Review and Flashquake. He is winner of the Marija Cerjak Award for Avant-Garde/Experimental Writing 2001, 2002 & 2003. His first novel, ‘Madman Chronicles: The Warrior’, is available at his website: Music from the novel may be accessed at or

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Tom (WordWulf) SternerHowe
1305 Centaur Circle
Lafayette, Colorado 80026