Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20th-26th, 2014


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


#2
~
Memories
~
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
~
6WS
~
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

***

#2
~
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


#2
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
FREEDOM!!




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


***


#2
~
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
breathe???


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
BREATHE

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


#2
~
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
~
7x7
~
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."


***


#2
~
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
waxing~waning~weaving
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
~
7WS
~
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!!