Linda Swift is an award winning author of published poetry, articles, short stories, and a TV play. She is a past president of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. In her other life she worked in public education as a teacher, counselor, and psychometrist. Her first two books were published by Kensington. She currently has available Humanly Speaking: Conversations With God, and A Time to Give, Willow Moon Publishing; Circle of Love and Let Nothing You Dismay, The Wild Rose Press. Her books to be released in 2011 include Give It All You've Got, Willow Moon Publishing; To Those Who Wait, Whiskey Creek Press; Summer Love, Desert Breeze Publishing; This Time Forever, Champagne Books; Single Status, Whimsical Publications. For poetry, videos, and excerpts from her books, please stop by her website at: She and her husband currently spend time in their native state of Kentucky and the Gulf Coast of Florida. Their children and grand-dog live in Tennessee, a convenient stopover for visits when they travel both ways. She credits the loving support and assistance of her entire family for making possible her successful ebook career and hopes her readers enjoy her poetry and stories as much as she enjoyed writing them.

Song of Every Season: Linda Swift: Poetry: Pages 37

A haiku is an unrhymed Japanese lyric poem having a fixed three-line form of 5-7-5 syllables. Within the confines of this narrow scope, the poet seeks to imprint images on the reader's mind and heart.

These word pictures are not meant for "doing" but for "being." They offer a closer look at nature's quiet beauty; forsythia buds opening, a bean field in summer, wild geese in flight, an icy-winged snowbird. And make you smile at a fat toad eating fried bugs or a bushy-tailed squirrel sitting in a bird feeder. Within these pages you can smell lilac-scented rain; hear the hum of a waterfall; see autumn's bright bonfire; feel ice needles stinging. These haiku are intended to lead you to a greater appreciation of serenity and self.

A Time to Give, Seasonal (Christmas)

The small roadside restaurant where Ellen works is busy with travelers rushing home on Christmas Eve. She is counting on her employer's bonus and tips to take her over the top for the gift she plans to buy today for the guy she loves. Bruce is a college student in need of a typewriter he can't afford and Ellen has been saving for months to surprise him. A mother and two young children stop in while their car is being repaired next door. Ellen learns they have a long drive ahead in a worsening snow storm and little money. She invites them to stay over with her but the woman wants to try and make St. Louis in case her husband calls. If Ellen helps them she will not be able to buy the gift Bruce requires for school. How can she choose who has the greater need?

HUMANLY SPEAKING: Conversations With God, Poetry

The Holy Scriptures are filled with beautiful stories of strong characters who are role models for all of us. But what about the weaker characters in these ancient books? Those who were least favored, those with obvious flaws. Let's take a closer look at some of them—Esau, Tamar, Jonah, Rahab— and try to understand their actions. Perhaps there are lessons to be learned from their mistakes. You may see some of the Bible's imperfect people from a different point of view. Have you ever wondered why Cain's offering was rejected? Or if Jezebel was as wicked as she first appeared? How do you feel about Job's suffering? Do you agree that Martha's role was less important than Mary's? Join the author in these conversations with God if humanly speaking, you have a need to know.