Anthology of Poems: THE POETIC BOND VII



Publication 17 NOV 17

Willowdown Books present poetry by

Jane Johann

Layers of Being : The Lone Star :

sometimes dark doesn’t move

Her poems will appear in the international poetry anthology, THE POETIC BOND VII; ISBN-13: 978-1978098039, ISBN-10: 1978098030 


Biography, Jane Johann (Wisconsin, USA)

Jane Johann, a Wisconsin native, published in the anthology, “Slices of Life”, and blogger on WordPress: she invites you to read more of her poems at


Summary Review of her work included in The Poetic Bond VII


Layers of Being Indeed a poem of many layers, exploring what it is to be human

The Lone Star This seasonal evocation of autumn places man firmly within nature … a  well-structured and well-written piece.

sometimes the dark doesn’t move Precisely structured, short piece with a big message.  The non-moving dark is a strong metaphor for the social funk many of us find ourselves within.”


(Trevor Maynard and the editorial Team, The Poetic Bond Series)

The Poetic Bond VII  


Editors’ Notes

  1.  50 poets from 11 countries were selected through a submission process in which there were no restrictions on form, style, length of subject; instead the choices made were on the basis of emergent themes and congruency in the pool of work; a snapshot of the poetry of new media NOW, seeking to capture the zeitgeist of the moment.


  1. FOR A PDF PRESS COPY OF THE POETIC BOND VII, contact Trevor Maynard at on 0 44 7966 079968 or by snail mail at Willowdown Books, 105 Crockford Park Road, Addletone, Surrey, UK, KT15 2LP


  1. Trevor Maynard, UK based poet and writer, manager of Poetry, Review and Discuss Group, a major poetry group on LinkedIn.  His new poetry collection is GREY SUN, DARK MOON was published September 14 2015).  He is also the author of several plays.  Further information at


  1. The Poets of The POETIC BOND VI (2016) are; Amber Jimenez-Flores (US)/ Annel Bell Martin (US)/ A.D. Fallon (US)/ Belinda DuPret (UK), Betty Bleen (US) / Melissa Bird (UK)/ Diane Burrow (UK) / CE Maynard (UK)/ Christine Anderes (US), Cigeng Zhang (China) / Darrell Wright (US) / Deborah Nyamekye (Ghana/UK) / Denisa Parsons (US) , Elaine Battersby (UK)/ Fiona Sullivan (UK) / Bon (Bonnie) Flach (US) / Flavia Cosma (Canada) ,Gilbert A.Franke (US) / Kelli Gunn (Canada) / Pamela Hope Deluca Price (US) / Jane Johann (US) ,Joseph J.Simmons US) / Karen Henneberry (Canada) / Karen Rothstein (US) / Kayla Matheson (US) Sajida Khan (UK) / Lee Landau (US) / Lexene Burns (Australia) /  Madeline Lipton (US) ,Lizzie La Pool (UK) / Tatjana Lončarec (Croatia) / Low Kwai Chee (Malaysia)/ Marcia Weber (UK)  Mariangela Canzi (Italy) / Marie Youssefirad (US) / Mustofa Munir (US) / Nancy Scott (US) ,Pedro Cunha (Portugal) / Richard Glen Smith (US) / Robin Ouzman Hislop (UK/Spain) / Joseph Sinclair (UK) / Suzanne Askham (UK) / Nana Tokatli (Greece) / Tom Sterner-Howe (US)/ Vensa Arsenic (US) Brian Walker (UK)/ William DiBenedetto (US) / Vi De Vries (Canada) / Lynne Zotalis (US)
  2. The submission for The Poetic Bond VIII opens March 31st, 2018



The Poetic BondTM
The Poetic Bond VII

The Poetic Bond Poets’ Choice Award Winners’ 2017, are Betty Bleen, Flavia Cosma, and Fiona Sullivan

The Poetic Bond VII is now available, $19.99 / £14.99, on Amazon Prime

The Poetic Bond I – VI available for $12.99/£9.99

Candle in the Window

“Christmas Candle”
Photo Credit©Jane Johann, Dec.2017

My friend, Bette, and her husband Rick, are two very kind people that have blessed my life and I am sure, they have also been a blessing to countless others. Both were teachers, so their giving touched many young lives through the years. This past Christmas, Bette shared a story that happened at their home on Christmas Eve.

As was her custom, Bette had put a lighted candle in the window. It was a tradition she said she had experienced in her past as a young person, and each Christmas, she continued the tradition.  The lit candle served as a sign to passersby, that if they were in need, they could knock on her door and she and Rick would be of help to them.

This particular Christmas Eve did bring a knock to their door.  A young man and his son had veered off the country road and into a ditch that was filled with Wisconsin snow. They asked if they could borrow a shovel.  Of course, Bette and her husband, Rick, gave them a shovel and a flashlight to help them out. While they were outside digging their car out, Bette and Rick prepared a Christmas Box for the two travelers. They had received an abundant supply of grapefruit and oranges from Florida as a Christmas gift and they decided to share the fruit with the father and his son.

How wonderful that the lit candle brought the travelers to a safe place in our weary world. How wonderful that generous and caring people still live among us. How wonderful that a beautiful tradition of being available to help someone in need when a lit candle in the window leads the way!

le Caoimhghín Ó Brolcháin

1. Scuab an t-urlár agus glan an teallach,
‘s coimead na grísaigh beo,
Ar eagla go dtiocfhaidh siad anocht,
Agus an domhan ‘na chodladh go suan!


Brush the floor and clean the hearth,
And set the fire to keep,
For they might visit us tonight
When all the world’s asleep!

2. Ná múch an coinneal ard bán,
Ach fág é lásta go geal .
Go mbeidh siad cinnte ar aon
go bhfuil fáilte is fiche roimh cách
Sa teach ar an Oiche Nollag naofa seo!
Don’t blow the tall white candle out
But leave it burning bright,
So that they’ll know they’re welcome here
This holy Christmas night!


The Irish tradition of placing a lit candle by a window at Christmas time seems to have originated in Ireland. Although, it is also a traditional German custom, as well, dating back to the time of  Martin Luther. Historically, it seems to have begun in the 17th Century in Ireland when the Penal Laws of Ireland were in place. Catholics were forbidden to gather in Churches for Mass and the priests had to hide or be killed. As a result, Catholics had to devise a signal for the priest that he would be welcomed into their home to say Mass. The signal was a lit candle in the window. The government became a bit suspicious with all the candlelit windows so the people simply said it was in response to the Christmas Story that tells about Joseph and Mary looking for shelter for themselves and their child that was about to be born, Jesus.  The tradition, even to this day, emphasizes the hospitality of the Irish people, who are known for their welcoming spirit to a friend, to those who pass by or to those in need.


Other Interesting Sites about “A Candle in the Window”


“Postage Money”

“Mom’s Little Gift–Postage Money”
©Jane H. Johann
Palmyra, WI 2017

Early this morning, before the sunrise, I was rummaging through yet another box in my effort to declutter my basement.  My basement is akin to the garage–used as storage rather than for its intended use. I have been working on both the basement and the garage for the past few months…okay, I will fess up…the past five years!

Oh, I have my excuses lined up as to how this clutter happened: cuddling, raising up, and letting go of three daughters, with each returning at various times for a few months  and then leaving their memories behind; teaching full-time for thirty-six years;  studying and obtaining my Master’s degree; cutting the lawn; doing the laundry; paying the bills (missing a few)attempting skill within the culinary field (at least no one died from my trials!); keeping the cars oiled and tired. Through it all, I did attempt a bit of sanity. Nevertheless, CLUTTER wore the crown!

However, there is a bright moment. I came across a tiny envelope:”Postage money.”  A tiny envelope that helped me to refocus on the priorities of life. Tucked inside this little envelope was a dollar towards stamps to remind me to write. The handwriting on the envelope was unmistakable. Immediately, I knew that the envelope was from my Mom as a gentle reminder that she needed to hear from me.

My Mom was so thoughtful and generous. She was meticulous in finding just the right gift for her friends. She would carefully select something the person would enjoy and like!  She could be seen spending an hour or more in a Hallmark store, reading each card and looking for the phrases that would highlight the character of the person to whom she was sending it. My Mom’s sensitivity was deep and caring and so unique.

Taking the time to go through each box was worth finding this little envelope from my Mom. It reminded me to connect to others as she did, to think of the other before myself, to share what I have and to let others know they are important in my life.  The Postage Money envelope is a treasure to me along with the tears that remind me of the blessings I received being loved by such a good and sensitive person.

Mom with her great-granddaughter, Nadia
©Jane H. Johann
January, 2009