Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20th-26th, 2014

October 20th, 2014
Letting go
always the 
hardest way
to show 
your love

Tugged in a hidey hole 
by his wily feral mum
found by our curious
short legged dachsie
always ferreting around
finding treasure for us
He was lifted to the light
blinking~gazing up at us
with wise yellow eyes
tailless~what a surprise
a rumpie not even a stump
just a round furry tuft
Long legged~full of spirit
he wiggled  his way deeply 
into our very hearts
blessing our everyday life 
for nearly eighteen years
today we said Good Bye
May we meet again
on the other side
you dear sweet boy
we shall keep you close
to our hearts always
alive in our memories


October 21st, 2014
Glorious sunrise
skies dabbled
with hot pink flocks
of drifting sheep
birds sing joyful songs
sun spills it's golden light
across the morning garden
beauty fills our senses
life goes on~bringing joy
even in our sadness

October 22nd, 2014
Opening my eyes at dawn's first light
solemn golden eyes gaze down on me
unblinking~am I sleeping~dreaming
of silvery snowy owls~reaching up
my hand finds not feathers but fur
at my touch rumbling purr spills forth
silvery head sporting pointed ears
pushes deep into my offered hand
Siegfried the silver tabby~no owl
wanting to know if it's time to eat

October 23rd, 2014
Glowing warmly
brightening this rainy day
elegant velvet gown
adorned with diamonds
Vivid treasure found
tucked in a quiet corner
late year blossoms
Autumn's gift to us

October 24th, 2014
Once again the grass is green
deep~lush~up to our ankles
well behaved grasses are here
wild wonderful weeds as well
Banished in most yards
but welcomed in ours
why aim for perfection
let nature reign in splendor
Let these wild things thrive
let them set wondrous heads
waving on long elegant stems
seeded heads bowed in prayer
Hoping to complete their cycle
before the mower strikes
we wait patiently until it's time
to mow~sowing the ripened seeds


October 25th, 2014
When the flow of words
slows to a trickle
are we really out of words
or is the opposite true
are there so many
trying to spill forth
they dam the flow
like a busy beaver
slowing the stream
yet behind the dam
miraculous transformation
takes place new worlds form
new habitats emerge
life burst forth and flourishes
are we merely beavering away
our treasured hoard of words
allowing them to grow
creating new worlds
changing our inner
landscape~enriching it
until the time is right?

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13th-19th, 2014

October 13th, 2014
Far from the sea
how I long to hear
her soothing voice
calling me
her salty breath
enveloping me
her sandy shores
inviting me
small foamy waves
tasting me
her endless horizon
freeing me
my soul soars
with the gulls
above me

October 14th, 2014
Luna sails above
trailing roseate
veils in her wake
hurrying home
before the sun
finds her lingering

October 15th, 2014
Huge wings dissect a silvered sky
dark shadow flies~a flash of white
flares briefly~could it be again
our Eagle of that early spring
Eagle eyes survey the land
reclaiming this~their old domain
Queen or King we do not know
their regal profiles look the same
They did not raise a brood this year
our summer was too hot and cruel
their nest aloft an old dead tree
no shady leaves to keep them cool
Joyfully we greet this sight
regal bird seen first in flight
perched now in a barren tree
our blessing this day to see

October 16th, 2014
Dusky stars~circle of three
this magick floral trinity
herald blessings all around
dearest wishes heaven bound
sharing blessing with thee and thee
off they go~so mote it be

October 17th, 2014
Blustery gales are now about
fallen leaves they twist and shout
landing here and swirling there
spreading color through the air
We now find them everywhere
sometimes even in our hair
suddenly my words~they rhyme
dancing merrily~keeping time
Feeling the rhythm~dancing along
swirling~skirling~singing a song
savoring the blessings of the season
do I really need a reason???


October 18th, 2014
Angels reach out
with caring hands

October 19th, 2014
Bert the frog
dances a mad jig
does somersaults~flips
are these his death throws
is he having an epileptic fit
standing witness~helpless
concerned~yet mesmerized
suddenly the miracle happens
he's not suffering at all
he's dancing a dance of renewal
a dance of personal growth
slowly a veil forms around him
he frantically gyrates~faster
 his feet jiggle and wiggle
pulling at the ectoplasm veil
now shrouding his head
after one last tiring effort
done~he's standing tall
Fred Astaire like
he's got the moves
Bert the frog
sports new togs

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6th-12th, 2014

October 6th, 2014
Masked countenance
still she glows
spilling her silver rays


October 7th, 2014
Web of friendship
woven with words
will it endure
As seasons turn
are the silken threads
able to hold
Change~ever present
challenge the strength
caring enough is key
Delicately suspended
dew drop words sparkle
delighting the heart
May the web hold
may it endure
many more seasons

October 8th, 2014
Watching the shadow
swallow the moon
hurry on darkness
come to us soon
Creatures are stirring
under your light
making it easy
for hunters tonight
Shadows are fading
as you slip out of sight
dimming your face
this cool autumn night
Darkness has fallen
your face turning red
sending the hunter
back home to his bed


October 9th, 2014
Moon magic was found
popping out of the ground
with a glow of their own
they look right at home
Springing forth overnight
'neath the moon's
silvered light~here's magic
indeed~at our very own feet
Have fairies been here
to help them appear
little moons in the ground
near perfectly round
Were they sung into life
by sweet fairy song
full moon magic for sure
I just knew all along
All it took was one night
for the signs to appear
when Luna is full
moon magic is near

October 10th, 2014
Baroque pearl descends
sinking gracefully
into pearlescent skies

October 11th, 2014
Down they swoop in tight formation
sporting flawless crisp flight suits
Black goggles and jaunty caps
complete the dashing fly boy look
Stopping for a much needed layover
they're eagerly refueling their tanks
Sitting together in small groups
chattering cheerfully eating their fill

October 12th, 2014
Suddenly toothy jaws
have been transformed
Once threatening teeth
spill forth yellow tongues
Succulent dinosaurs
sporting jaunty grins


Waking to the roar
of strident autumn winds
howling up the canyon
fraying my nerves
tugging on each strand
scattering internal peace
to the seven winds
Feeling like an autumn leaf
clinging to it's branch
still tethered~unwilling
to release it's precious hold
even if it's well past time
is there a lesson here
to let go of things?
Things which no longer
fill my heart with joy
that feeling of greeting
each new day eagerly
bursting with joy~fading
like the autumn leaves
or is it just the wind???
This infernal wind~tugging
moaning around the corners
of the house~spreading
unrest~twanging nerves
playing me like a harp
out of tune~discordant
lacking harmony~BREATHE!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1st-5th, 2014

October 1st, 2014
Even the evening skies
are wearing 
their autumnal robes 
draped snugly
against cooler nights
sumptuous colors
warming our hearts

October 2nd, 2014
That perfect moment at sunset
when passing jets magically transform
from plane to streaking comet

Fiery trail dissects the evening sky
leaving flaminco pink hieroglyphs
slowly drifting and fading away


October 3rd, 2014
As I am sitting here
pondering the day
trying to find the words
nothing really comes
not my usual wordy flow
that finds me at first light
maybe all the thinking
about too long, too short
image or no image
mindful or not mindful enough
is slowing my creative flow
time to get back on track
simply writing for myself
making my own rules

October 4th, 2014
Nature's Miracles
I rub my eyes
and then again
I am seeing stars
desert in a bowl
has a hidden surprise
deep at it's spiny heart
beyond the tortoise
miniature mauve star
landed overnight
little furry alien
turns the desert
into the sea
at ebb tide
my desert
tide pool


Green Minarets rise
from the desert
future magic stars

October 5th, 2014
Fear not
honestly~we come
in peace

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22nd-30th, 2014

September 22nd, 2014
The beauty of words
keeps me enthralled
weaving their magic
through the fabric
of my daily life
embellishing each
and every hour
how do those
not enchanted
by their power

September 23rd, 2014
And so they find us
these first promising
clouds of autumn
Their artistry written
in a previous blue sky
fantastic shapes delight
It's not quite time yet
but the promise alone
makes our hearts sing
Soon that most lovely
of seasons will reign
casting her colorful cloak
Trailing sweet moisture
on the hem of her
vivid autumnal gown
We await her blessings
as does all of nature
worn down by summer

September 24th, 2014
She sits quietly~basking
in the golden afternoon sun
last rays caress her
gilding her spiderlings
Her tiny eight legged brood
carried upon her back
minuscule copies of her
own large monstrous self
Eight eyes stare up solemnly
do I appear friend or foe
she seems to sense there
is no harm meant here
Large spiders~I must confess
are not my thing~wolf spiders
are not for the faint of heart
yet even in their hairy creepiness
There is a certain elegant
beauty to this well designed
arachnid creature of prey
dedicated mother of many

September 25th, 2014
Deep indigo sky
full of  promise
smell of petrichor
carried by the wind
Darkness falls
then suddenly
the first tentative
dribbles find us
Full of delight
we spring about
soon a deluge
skies open wide
Our dreadful drought
finally a sign of hope
the land gulps thirstily
no run off yet
But still we rejoice
dust and ashes
settled at last
morning air sparkles

September 26th, 2014
He lives in a different world now
away from the big box pet store
immersed in his very own kingdom
No more rude kids poking at him
no more being slushed around
picked up~stared at~found wanting
He's home at last~snug and safe
his new world peaceful and tranquil
his silent fuzzy companion~Marimo
Meet Zen~our new finny friend
once again a jeweled fighter
comes home to live in peace

September 27th, 2014
Once proud and tall
now just a stump
remains to mark
the place where once
an ancient being
lived and thrived
marking the centuries
season after season
an entire ecosystem
each and every one
until man came along
showing no mercy
felled this majestic giant
such sorrow fills the heart
looking at the remains
of what once was
tears blur my vision
yet nature never fails
slowly youngsters
grow tall and thrive
the old stump
a home to ferns
nature reclaims
softens the blow
life goes on...

September 28th, 2014
She slips beneath
a cloud duvet
wearing black lace
Saturn watches
blushing eagerly
they slip away
together~out of sight
celestial erotica

September 29th, 2014
At long last
autumn has found us
nature infused with
liquid honeyed light
these first golden days
filling our hearts
nourishing our souls
autumn at last
nature rejoices
gilding our days
deep peace settles
glowing within


September 30th, 2014
Caught like a leaf
in the vortex
of the winds of life
emotions swirl
leaving me dizzy
disoriented at times
uncertain about
my final destination
resting a moment
then swirling again
trying to find
that place of rest
to be at ease
settling at last
finding myself

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15th-21st, 2014

September 15th, 2014
Slow turning of the seasons
now Autumn Joy blooms
offering herself up generously
her rosy heart~a bee's delight
they visit eagerly and often
taking sips of her sweetness
gathering the precious nectar
then flying home to the hive
filling chamber after chamber
survival of the hive assured
for the cold wet days ahead


September 16th, 2014
Sitting quietly~trying
to focus on each breath
while in the background
screeching monkey mind
swings noisily from tree
to tree~breath valiantly tries
blocking out the eager chatter
this morning~it's hard work

September 17th, 2014
No doubt we've gone a bit native
up here in far the North of California
still~even here in this rural setting
redneck cowboy land at it's finest
our past tends to keep pace with us
sitting on our rustic porch at sunset
eating a delicious evening meal while
being serenaded by cricket song
Italian Cypresses reach into the sky
first bats start hunting their dinner
as we sip Vin Rouge from Provence
nibbling on Rigatoni tossed in a rich
Mediterranean Eggplant Sauce
sprinkled with salty Parmesano
and just a dollop of Creme Fraiche
for dessert Lemon Cookie Icecream
crowned with fat organic Raspberries
a splash of Chambord ~another spoon
of Creme Fraiche~tonight eating
globally~not locally~still slow food
in a slow world~where cattlemen rule
as do our own internal global spirits
still alive and well within our hearts
you can't change the spots on these
leopards~no sir~we might not be
amongst our own kind anymore
but we've made space to honor
our global roots as often as we can


September 18th, 2014
Dove gray skies
faint scent of rain
drifts on the breeze
we give up hope
time to water
our thirsty land
by hand again

Dulcet swirling sounds
is it rushing waters
refilling our dry creek
No~'tis only the pines
singing songs of longing
praying for needed rain
Their arms held up high
in supplication
to the pregnant sky
They swirl and moan
in the teasing wind
singing of their plight
Dark clouds pass swiftly
driven by winds
racing~they do not stop
Their fervent prayers
seeding the clouds
once again unanswered


September 19th, 2014
Shivering this morning
first breaths of autumn
find me~chilling me deeply
clutching my cup of hot tea
hoodie pulled over my head
furry slippers on my cold feet
such changes in the air right now
By afternoon late summer heat returns
refusing to give up~even now
at the cusp of the new season
she holds on firmly to her reign
we've come this far~we'll survive
even with all of her hot powers
we know her days are numbered


September 20th, 2014
Once again four pairs of hopeful
eyes are trained on us each meal
their own~wolfed down quickly
already forgotten in the mists of time
inhaled really~barely chewed
now patiently they sit...and stare
one pair of eyes~the most talented
of the bunch ~sad worried triangles
one ear askew drooping desperately
a sad silvery thread of saliva dribbles
amazed at such collective talent on display
as they sit~in a row~ begging shamelessly
having never offered us a single bite
of their own splendid meal~gobbled
no inhaled~ not all that long ago
we look away~unwilling to meet those
pleading eyes~we're weak I know

September 21st, 2013
Sepia toned veils
swallow a blood-red sun
Welcoming the night
with wide open arms
Gentle evening breeze
first evening stars shine
In the far distance
deep droning hum
Last smoke bombers
make their way home
Sitting content
all's well in our world
Counted blessings
the end of the day

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8th-14th, 2014

September 8th, 2014
It's been so long since you shared
our lives~bringing smiles our way
seems we've missed you forever
Yesterday's mail brought a reminder
that it's not been all that long
since you graced our home
Dear brown eyes shining
your enthusiastic eagerness to please
the dance danced only by you
Today I have to make the dreaded call
a grim reminder  "He's no longer alive,
no license to renew this year."


This sad day ended in quiet joy
picnic packed~moon quest ready
we head out~valley bound
gilded rolling hills along the way
in the smoky haze we wait
nibbling our picnic~crickets sing
daylight fades slowly~the sun
slips away toward the sea
then Luna rises~cresting
the Sierras~blushing gold
enormous in size~she dwarfs
the landscape at her feet
our trip thus blessed
we head back~westward bound
her golden gaze follows us
all the way home~Bliss


September 9th, 2014
This morning once again
she called to me
lingering to the West
teasing the tree tops
while to the East
sun made it's fiery
debut~glowing blood red
in the smoky morning sky
hastily dressed I leave
chasing them both
Brother Sun~Sister Moon
sharing the same sky
rushing back home
out of breath~panting
yet pleased~ready for tea


September 10th, 2014
There's an Ant Stampede
run for your lives
they're racing madly
in the moonlight
Packing their eggs
to save all their brood
the panic is great
and frantic the mood
Fleeing from something
I am not really sure
their final destination
I have not a clue
They race up my legs
and under my shirt
I dance rather frantic
scream loud to be heard
Husband comes quickly
the look on his face
is a sight to behold
as I am running in place
He comes to the rescue
I run for the house
and leave him to sort it
my dear faithful spouse

September 11th, 2014
Smoke kissed chiffon
unfurls across the sky
late evening flight
touched by last light
turns shooting star
Night falls quickly
sky now smudged
in darkest velveteen
evening stars dimmed
the smell of smoke
So many days of
sun sets and rises
spilling rich color
across the skies
our forests burn
When will it end
this torrid summer
creek has gone dry
our hearts are heavy
but oh those colors

September 12th, 2014
Embroidered delicately
onto a bright blue sky
she's fading slowly now
Her cycles repeat eternally
magic~holding us spellbound
Waning~glorious reign past
her face grows gaunt
bringing darker nights~I sleep

September 13th, 2014
Friendships are like gardens
the simple questions is
do we want a cactus patch
which requires no effort
or do we want a rich
vibrant cottage garden?
Me~I am a cottage garden
kind of girl~willing to work
fertilizing and watering
because to me friends are
the vibrant flowers in life
nurturing them will determine
if they are short lived annuals
only bright for a season
or perennials~here to stay
year after year~weathering storms
but surviving against the odds
always a delight in full bloom

September 14th, 2014
Save a bunny~shop with open eyes
This morning~as I stood under the shower
head tilted back~shampooing my hair
I got careless for a moment and looked down
instantly a soapy stream of water ran into
my open eyes and it burned a lot I tell you
as I carefully rinsed my eye I couldn't help
but think of how thankful I was that my
shampoo was never tested on a helpless
furry creature~trapped in a lab~unable
to take this awful burning pain away
maybe crying out at someone in a lab coat
approaching it~ not to help~but to hurt again
all in the name of sparing us needless suffering
what the hell are we thinking?? That they
feel no pain?? That they are somehow better
equipped to suffer that kind of abuse??
What happened to common sense
knowing that getting soap or cosmetics
into our eyes will hurt them?? When did
humans decide that we are so precious
that it's alright to torture creatures in our name??
I know I am not alone in my deep empathy
for those needless suffering in human hands
others feel this pain as well and shop carefully
that gives me such hope for our future!!