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Poem: Galileo Galilei, a Defense of Heliocentricism

Dear Reader, this is the first time I’ve personally posted my new award winning poem It placed 1st in the Poetry Society of Texas Performance Poetry Annual Competition. Credits follow the poem. The poem is written in the form of a Dramatic Monologue.

Galileo Galilei, a Defense of Heliocentricism

Thank you my dear friend Ferdinando for the honor of your presence.  To think that only seven of the ten cardinals of the inquisition voted for conviction of near heresy with threats of torture, puzzles me. I know, it could have been much worse, this house arrest brings such a burden of loneliness. I miss my daughter Marie Celeste. Her encouraging letters bring me more comfort than you can know. My mission is to make God’s design of the cosmos known to all men. Would that my oppressors could see Jupiter’s moons move in such synchronicity. If only they could see how mathematics predict the future positions of those orbs. Instead, they placed my work on the  Index of Forbidden Books, and argue that my work violates scripture. I say not so! My theology agrees with Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. One cannot take all scripture to be literal. My work is built on those who came before. Men like Aristarchus almost nine hundred years ago. And recently Copernicus and Kepler have added to the body of work on heliocentricism. You must tell no one of what I shall tell you next. A friend has asked me to share my, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. One day it will be my witness and a force for good my friend. No sir, I cannot publish it now. One day my friend, I will be exonerated. For now, I dare not risk being permanently separated from my darling, Marie Celeste. Her gentle spirit and kindness has given me a reason to live. May my detractor’s eyes one day be opened. Soli Deo Gloria.

Previously published in the Poetry Society of Texas Book of the Year 2015

© 2014 Richard L Weatherly


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November 16th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement

by Rich Weatherly

Re-blog from the Denton Poets’ Assembly website.

DPA logo ProcessBlueDenton Poets’ Assembly members and friends, please join us for our next meeting on Saturday,  November 16th.



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Reblog from: Author Alliance Interview with Uvi Poznansky

Uvi Poznansky gave my book, Closed Doors, a Trilogy a wonderful review. I’m showing my appreciation by re-blogging this interview with Uvi by the Author Alliance.

A Favorite Son by Uvi Poznansky

A Favorite Son (Kindle Edition)

By (author) Uvi Poznansky

Release date December 29, 2012.

The Author Alliance interview series continues this week with the talented Uvi
Poznansky. Thanks Uvi for joining us today for this interview. Welcome to the Author

I understand that that your father was a great influence on you becoming a

I started telling stories and composing poems before I knew how to hold a pen between my fingers. My father, a poet, writer and artist, would write these for me, and even quote words I invented. He would ask me to help him rhyme his poems, and later on, when I was twenty years old, he asked me to give him a selection of my poems, for inclusion in a book of poetry he was about to publish. I regarded my poetry as an intimate expression of my feelings, in response to which he said: “Uvi, once the ink leaves the pen, once the words are on paper, they do not belong to you anymore. They belong to the readers.” So I relented, and he published my poetry. Now, six years after his passing, I have returned the favor, and published his work–the work he kept away from everyone during the last two decades of his life–together with mine, in the poetry book called Home. Home. A simple word; a loaded one. You can say it in a whisper; you can say it in a cry. Expressed in the voices of father and daughter, you can hear a visceral longing for an ideal place, a place never to be found again.

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Meeting Announcement — Denton Poets’ Assembly on April 20th, 2013

By Richard Weatherly DPA logo ProcessBlue

Denton Poets’ Assembly members and guests will read their assigned Dramatic Monologue poem assignments and follow up with free choice readings on April 20th. J. Paul Holcomb will present his lesson for the May poetry assignment  on the Couplet. According to Mr. Holcomb:

“The couplet is simple, but it packs punch.”

J. Paul Holcomb, Poet

We are proud to announce, J. Paul Holcomb was a  featured poet at the 21st Annual Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) April 11-14, 2013.



On April 1st , DPA and the Visual Arts Society of Texas kicked off the Merging Visions Exhibition of art and paired poetry at each of the three Denton Public libraries (Emily Fowler, North and South Branches.) The opening reception was held on Saturday, April 6th, 3-5p.m. at the Denton Public Library South Branch. Poets and Artists received their copies of the Collections III book/catalog. The publication features a compilation of the works on display at the Denton Public Libraries.

Denton Poets’ Assembly meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10AM – Noon at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76201. Free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit http://www.DentonPoetsAssembly.weebly.com

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ART and POETRY – Merging Visions 2013

Merging Visions Exhibition 2013 starts April 1st and runs through May 18, 2013. View art and paired poetry at each of the three Denton Public libraries (Emily Fowler, North and South Branches.)

Opening Reception

Saturday, April 6th, 3-5p.m. the the Denton Public Library South Branch, 3228 Teasley Lane, Denton, TX 76210

See the flyer below for complete information. Public is invited.



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Meeting Announcement — Denton Poets’ Assembly

Denton Poets’ Assembly will meet at 10am on February 16th, 2013 in the Emily DPA logo ProcessBlueFowler Central Library: 502 Oakland Street, Denton, Texas. Visitors are welcome!

DFW and North Texas poets and lovers of poetry are invited to join the Denton Poets’ Assembly for our February meeting. During the meeting, members will read blank verse poem assignments and poems of their choice in any form. J. Paul Holcomb will present a lesson on writing a dramatic monologue.

Blogger and DPA member Annie Neugebauer presented a lesson on how to create a personal website in WordPress. This a great way for poets to share their selected works with the public and poets everywhere!

J. Paul Holcomb has been invited to be a featured poet at the 21st annual Austin International Poetry Festival,  April 18 to April 21, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The festival features readings, workshops, open mikes, poetry slams, and a poetry symposium in various venues throughout Austin.

Final preparations are underway for the  2013 “Merging Visions” collaborative show with VAST. These Exhibits will be set up for display at 3 Denton public libraries starting March 28th, 2013.

Denton Poets’ Assembly meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10AM – Noon at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76201. Free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit www.DentonPoetsAssembly.weebly.com.

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Spoken Words—a Poem

 I recently posted a poem, “Silent Words.” I think it is fitting the two poems be posted together. “Silent Words,” follows this new entry. It is abstract and leaves much to personal interpretation.

This poem, “Spoken Words,”  is more about how our words, the words of loved ones, friends and even an enemy can influence and shape our lives. My wish is that you take away something positive from it. The first two verses represent emotions imparted by my parents who you now see below.

Early 1940s

Just Married

Mother’s words calm a worried child,

Words of hope and joy outlast the latest toy.

These words are like waters,

Flowing from a mountain stream;

Where child can hope and child can dream.

A whisper, a laugh, a tease or a cheer,

Moments remembered, so cherished – so dear.


When doubts bring fear of monsters out there

Reassuring words from Dad say, “No need to beware.

You are with us child and that’s all that matters.”

Ghost and goblin, vampire and bat;

Nightmares and terrors, so what’s up with that?

A firm and calm voice so steady and true,

“Daddy, I thank you for just being you.”


When you feel discouraged, your friend says, “Just do it.”

You doubt and withdraw. Some will say I just blew it.

Friend urges, cajoles — knowing what it’s about.

They bring it on when you are all doubt.

You think and ponder and they must be right.

With message so true & your interest in view,
they know you better than even you do.


Not all spoken words are so good and so true.

Rants from a mad man who hated the Jew—

His ravings drew many, though stormy— untrue.

Detestable tirades yet many he thrilled,

For them did it matter, he wanted them killed?

That’s why we fight; standup when it’s right,

Strength against strength with all of our might!


Spoken words guide us and show us our path.

For good or for bad, we hear them each day.

How do we speak them and what do we say?

Spoken words matter, let’s show all the way.

A way that is just and faithful and true,

One that works right, for me, and for you

To show others honor a life to renew.


Rich Weatherly, February 29, 2012

Silent Words—a poem

Sometimes I sit and listen,
silent words touching my soul;
a wisp, a whisper, words floating by,
silent words making me whole.

An inner calm washes warmth
through my inner being.
I listen and hear
as silent words bring peace,

Knowing you are there,
I yearn for more…
and hear answers in the wind,
in a song birds singing,
cattle lowing or even a baby cooing.

I see your smile
in the glint of another’s eye,
a rush, a sigh…
I reach out and you’re not there.

But is that true?
Maybe I’m just not listening,
to your silent words,
Silent Words that make me whole.

© 2012 Rich Weatherly

February 21, 2012



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