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“Sotto Voce,” a poem by Russell MacClaren






Long ago

in quiet caverns,

summer breezes

wrought with song

brought secrets

of the forest–

shared earth songs

nurtured through

the ages,

passed along

from first life’s

ancient dreamings.



harvest moons

of molten gold

dip close to dust

the snow that shrouds

deep shadow mountains

and whisper down

to ancient caves

new questions–

that seek answers

hidden deep

and long ago…







Russell MacClaren grew up in New Orleans where he participated in every activity healthy young men can pursue. He majored in English literature at SLC in Hammond, Louisiana where his education was interrupted in his senior year by a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he served honorably in the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

After his tour, Russell returned to school, served as a Scoutmaster, baseball and soccer coach, then went on the road for years as a journeyman electrician, teaching in the electrical apprenticeship program at Wake Tech in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Now retired, he has become a dedicated writer and poet, overseeing poetry workshops, reading on public television in North Carolina and working with several writer’s groups after his return to New Orleans.

His poetry has been published in numerous small presses and anthologies. His third personal volume of poetry, Hand in Hand—a book of love poetry, is about to be released, soon available through Amazon and Authorhouse books in black and white, color and e-book versions.