Colleen Keller Breuning Poet and Photographer

Colleen Keller Breuning is a poet and photographer who was born and raised in Maryland. She currently resides in Purcellville, Virginia with her husband and cats, Tommy and Jordan. Her poetry, short stories and photography have been published in a variety of print and online magazines during the past decade. Her first poetry book, Shadows of My Father, was a tribute to her father and published in 2011. She is currently working on her second book of poetry, along with assorted photography projects. She participates in several online writing groups. In addition to poetry and photography, she loves nature, music, cats and wine (not necessarily in that order).

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Amidst the Cherry Blossoms

As the sun sits high on its throne
pink rain falls in delicate petals
cherry blossoms scatter the joy
and the earth laughs in flowers.

The cool breeze blows lightly
    caressing our delicate white skin
           eliciting goosebumps and shivers
as we delight in the fruits of nature.

 Walking with you in the golden sunshine
                 hand in hand, hearts entwined
    oblivious to discord, we trip on gnarled roots
and down the rabbit hole we fall.

As night descends with blackened fears
        wrapping us with a cold shawl
             we look upward, pondering
the meaning of our existence.

But the distant light glows in radiant pulses          
       our salvation, our beacon of hope
             for when it is dark enough,
you can surely see the stars.

Come along with me, my love
      lift me up in light or dark,  
          dare to dream beneath the smiling moon
the unthinkable, the unimaginable….

…. do you dare?

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2017

Stars in the Southern Sky ~ A Quatern

There are stars in the southern sky
Smiling as the full moon floats by.
Hear my voice on the summer breeze,
Sweet songs drifting across the seas.

The world keeps spinning, do or die.
There are stars in the southern sky.
The candle flickers, growing old.
Starkness of winter blowing cold.

My days get shorter, wracked with pain
In this deluge of freezing rain.
There are stars in the southern sky,
Hidden by clouds as angels cry.

Watch as I defy gravity,
Set free from this purgatory.
And when I twinkle, you’ll know why
There are stars in the southern sky.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2016
January 19, 2016

Written in memory of Glenn Frey of The Eagles… inspired by one of my favorite of their songs, “Seven Bridges Road.”


When January rolled in with black ice and frost,
Your salt and pepper strands fell on white sheets.
Like hot tears on my pillow, I let them slip away
And the bitter winds blew down an empty street.

Now you lie in wait far, far across the universe
As I sink into murky depths and come undone.
You are untouchable like a distant diamond sky,
Untouchable, but burning brighter than the sun.

But somehow, somewhere, the thaw had begun.
I watched the mockingbirds flash their wings
As the sultry foxes sauntered in verdant fields,
Savoring the essence of a lavender spring.

Sometimes I think hear your distant whisper,
Train whistles echoing in the winter night.
Sometimes I see the glint of your smile
Sparkling in the brilliant morning sunlight.

Untouchable in this realm, forever in my heart
I climbed down that rugged hill and let you go.
The snow shall fall, and we will meet once more
Somewhere, somehow…  I just know.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2015
For my father...

Blue Blood and Rain

It was still September
        when the storm descended
                  the sun has left your eyes
you can see it fading fast…

Careless fingers fumble
            and break the brittle strings
      sharp notes spill asunder
                    emotions plunging deep…

Worries spin like windmills
          and spiral to the ground
              wipe away the silent tears
all through the night…

But only blue blood and rain
          can wash me out to sea
      keeping time out of mind
                  I light the candle for you…

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2016


Soft strains of Beethoven dance in the air.
The rain has passed, leaving cold sheen of dew.
A gentle Southern breeze ruffles my hair
As my deepest thoughts are turning to you.

Let us picnic under the moonlit skies,
Tasting blue twilight, a fine mellow wine.
Searching for beacons of fleeting fireflies,
You pull me closer, your lips upon mine.

My soul is in rapture, my heart on fire.
Stay with me forever, don’t ever leave.
I bequeath to you my hopes and desires,
For the more you dream, the more you achieve.

Joined in harmony, we sing our heartsong
Cresting pastorale refrains all night long.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2016


  1. I am so honored, Jo!!!! Thank you so very much. You provide such a wonderful forum here for artists, so I am very grateful to you. Much love! <3

  2. Congrats! I'm so very proud of your accomplishments, and honored to have your friendship! <3 Leta