The Spring Festival


Terry Lowenstein




Paper lanterns shine bright.
Peach blossom petals float on the breeze.
Red peonies bloom
and the Kumquat Tree dances.

Exploding fireworks once more
chase away a frightened Nian.
As beneath an ocean of red paper
the snake makes his exit.

Dressed in military gear.
the horse enters galloping.

Everywhere celebrations, special foods:
Kau Chau, Yau Gwok, Jin Dui.
Only samples.

Look the monkeys, the rabbit
and the pig
sample new dishes
and toss Kau Chau.

A mountain of rice disappears,
the door gods applaud.
The kitchen god smiles
and the lion dances.




Author Bio

I am of Irish and French descent. Born in Virginia, I am by birth a Southerner. But, my father's work was to end up taking my family to several different states. I lived in a variety of places: Washington DC, Baltimore, Connecticut, to mention but a few. But it was the years after my father's death that had a major influence on my writing. My mother a young widow with four children moved to Florida, to be near her own mother. It was in Florida that I was to finish growing up, attend college, marry and give birth.

But the land of perpetual summer was not for me, and when the opportunity arose for a job transfer. We happily moved. It is here in North Carolina that we have at long last put down roots. Built our home. So my bio listed with my articles (writing magazine articles is my day job) reads thus: Terry Lowenstein is a writer from North Carolina who lives with her husband, two daughters and two cats-Dickens and Emerson.

Our house welcomes you with a porch filled with geraniums. It is here the I write. Besides writing poetry, I also write short stories. My "day job" as I mentioned before is writing magazine articles. These include personal essays, travel articles, and a monthly column that appears in parenting magazines throughout the United States.

A sample of my recent parenting publishing credits: Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, Big Apple Parent, Charlotte Parent, Florida Family Magazine, Gulfcoast Family, Melbourne's Child (Australia), Northwest Baby and Child, Parenting Plus of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, Parent's Press, Piedmont Parent, South Florida Parent and Child, Southwest Parent and Child, Sydney's Child (Australia), Tampa Bay Family, Washington Parent and Western New York Family.

A few additional publishing credits:
Know Atlanta, Western Producer Newspaper

My poetry has appeared in a variety of publications. Among the most recent:
The Copperfield Review, The Vinland Journal, lingerings, Fables, The Literary Lion, Hawkwind Creations, The Sidewalks End, Blue Fifth's Review, Niederngasse, The Pedestal Magazine, Prairie Poetry, Southern Ocean Review, Wilmington Blues, A Country Rag An Appalachian Review, The Writer's Hood and Mail Call-A Civil War Journal.

Finally, I was delighted when Storyhouse recently published two of my poems (and one of my magazine articles) on their coffee labels.

So there you have it my bio, and a sampling of my writing credits. Writing has and always will be important to me. And poetry, poetry for me is magic, waiting to be discovered. A journey filled with wonder.

Read another poem by Terry.
At Play in the Cemetery
The Winter Cold





"The Spring Festival" Copyright © 2002 Terry Lowenstein. All rights reserved.
Published by permission of the author.


This page last updated 04-24-02.

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