A is for Anticipation….

Welcome to April 1st and the first post of The 2013 A To Z Challenge. In honor of National Poetry Month, I will be attempting to write a poem a day. Now, remember, I’m not promising Keats or Frost in a day, but one of MY poems per day. Today’s word is:


Wait for it ….

Now, while that could have been my poem (and is probably more worthy of the beatnik finger snapping than what follows), it isn’t. Sorry. Keep reading…

Let’s start with a little mathematical and philosophical theory about anticipation and anticipatory systems…

An anticipatory system is “… a system containing a predictive model of itself and/or its environment, which allows it to change state at an instant in accord with the model’s prediction pertaining to a later instant.” (Rosen, 1985) “An anticipatory system is a system whose current state depends not only on previous states, but also on possible future states.” (Nadin 2003) ‘I change my present course of action, in accordance with my model’s prediction.’ (Rosen, 1985)

Rosen, R., (1985). Anticipatory systems. Philosophical, mathematical, and methodological foundations. Oxford: Pergamon Press.

Now that the philosophical definition is out of the way, let’s move on to the poetry part, remembering that this poem’s current state depends not only on previous states, but also on [all] possible future states. There’s something wonderfully quantum about that…


One eyeblink

Passes blue through darkness

Into light—

Changes perspective

Illuminating forgotten potential

Driving imagin’d fear

To furthest corners.

Seen, unseen

Flickering sight

Wrings loneliness

From souls too stubborn to

Hope for blinding, brilliant


Fearing unpredictable


They watch—

Loathing and nursing the

Apprehension of undream’d


Hands hold

Impotent nothingness

Hearts hear echoes of

Impatient darkness.

Glinting sharpest,

Trembling in our collective


Sum of all things.

Hoped For.





Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with a Blog Hop and The Fishing Widow in Paperback!

I haven’t done a blog post from my phone since I was in Ireland last October … It only seems fitting that I should be posting from my ‘Droid again on St. Patrick’s Day.

In honor of The St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop and the release (in paperback) of THE FISHING WIDOW, please leave a comment on this post to win a copy of the book AND a Raven’s Brew PrizPack including their Deadman’s Reach coffee and travel mug! TWO lucky winners chosen at random using the tech developed at Trinity College, Dublin, will receive the swag in two separate boxes, one from my friends at Ravens Brew and one from me when I get back to the island.

Because Word Press and the ‘Droid limit what I can post via the phone, I’ll just have to give you a heads up on what will be coming in the next two weeks, including reviews of “The Call of Agon” by Irish author Dean F. Wilson and Canadian author Matthew Bryan’s “In Heaven’s Shadow.”