Rooted and Winged – poems by Luanne Castle

Unbelievably Pretty and I didn’t lose power during the winds and rain of Hurricane Ian as it passed through our neighborhood two days ago. I held my breath and feared the worst: I wouldn’t be able to finish the Sidney Poitier documentary on Apple TV+ or watch A Raisin in the Sun afterwards. I needn’t have fretted about the telly, though.

During a rain recess I walked to the mailbox and was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Rooted and Winged, poems by Luanne Castle, stuck among the host of political asks for financial support which are routine with the mid-term elections looming. Luanne is a blogging friend who shares my interest in personal history mixed with current cats, a love of family, a truth seeker and teller. Hooray, I thought to myself as I put the book down on my chair and returned to Sidney on the still functioning Apple TV+. Regardless of wind and rain, I had a book to read by candlelight. No need for candlelight – my lamp bulbs performed their duties without interruption.

As the title suggests, this latest collection of poems by award winning poet Luanne Castle vividly portrays her recollections of the people and places that grounded her for life as well as the later forces which led her to observe nature with more than casual acquaintance, confront change in a world spinning out of control, and ultimately gave her wings to the voice she now uses to simultaneously sound alarm while offering comfort.

Here are excerpts from two poems I found unforgettable.

Why We Wait for Rain

We wait for hours watching the dark unfurling

toward us, unsure

if it will land here at all

whether it carries thunderstorm or haboob

It smells like rain

bittersweet cocktail of sandstone & blossoms

still damp and quickening in the air

over ten thousand years…

And then this wonderful fantasy When I’m in Charge

Someday you will realize it was me

and know what you’ve lost.

When the cancer cure is announced,

I will be the anonymous healer.

I will defeat A.I. before it takes over

our world, outwit the hackers,

the scammers and spammers…

We’re all safe in the future because

of what I’ve done, outlawing grief

and its wily predecessor love.

This book as well as her earlier work is available through Amazon and Luanne’s

Even if you believe you’ve never liked poetry, I encourage you to have a go at this collection. I guarantee you’ll surprise yourself by the emotions the images evoke even as your mind takes flight.


Stay safe, stay sane, and please stay tuned.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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16 Responses to Rooted and Winged – poems by Luanne Castle

  1. Luanne says:

    Sheila, thank you so much. I LOVE your description of the book! This especially: “sound alarm while offering comfort.” How beautiful!
    Here’s what is probably the best link for the book and my blog and all: Everything is in one place there.

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  2. Great review, right from the heart.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Congratulations to Luanne for the excellent review! I am greatly looking forward to reading the book.

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  4. cindy knoke says:

    What a powerful and impactful poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. merrildsmith says:

    Wonderful review! I look forward to reading the book soon!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Linda Raha says:

    Wonderful review! So well done! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Great review! Congratulations, Luanne!

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  8. This is a lovely review of Luanne’s new poetry collection, Sheila. I understand the feelings of turning to nature for comfort. Congratulations, Luanne!

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