A scene from Hayna's 100th birthday celebration. She's in the white cardigan, left.
Colorado Springs' Lois Beebe Hayna
, a former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate and champion of Poetry West
has written beautiful poetry for most of her life, and continues to do so at 101 years old. For that, the Colorado Authors League will award her its Lifetime Achievement Award on May 8 at a $50 banquet
Looking back among her eight books, it's well deserved. Here's
how reporter William Porter describes her writing in the Denver Post
"Hayna writes muscular verse addressing the big questions: life, death, how we live on this Earth. Suffused with a sense of wonder and razor-keen observations about the natural world, her vivid poems are driven by an overriding leanness of tone."
Here's a favorite from her 2008 book Keeping Still
, titled "Lost in the Village":
where I grew up, I escaped into
a city. Nothing lovelier
had ever happened than
curious streets, read books
at random, sat a long time
by the lake.
Nobody frowned that I wasted my days.
I led my private exciting life in streets
I didn't know names for,
that asked no questions
and while nobody noticed
I fell into who I was.
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