Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24th-30th, 2014


November 24th, 2014
~
Drops of autumn color
tremble in the
cool morning breeze


November 25th, 2014
~
Give thanks to the Universe
for wonderful messy trees
though they fling their leaves
carelessly untidily in autumn
they give so much more
exhaling oxygen providing
us with the very air we need
to sustain our own small lives
~
Giving generous cool shade
on even the hottest days
sheltering us providing food
their lush exquisite beauty
such endless form and shape
how bereft our world would be
without their regal presence
~
Blazing vivid color bringing
light into the darkest wet day
leaves dancing down gracefully
blanketing the cold ground
giving life and sustaining soil
thus feeding the very earth
honor them protect them
cherish their sacred presence


November 26th, 2014
~
Splash of exotic color
truly brightens
even the grayest day

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 17th-23rd, 2014


November 17th, 2014
~
High above our heads
Canadians stream by
hurriedly trying to outrun
the bitter cold reach 
of the Arctic Express
pushing hard they fly high
in a clear blue sky
dotted like musical notes
on the overland wires
traveling avian symphony
composed on the wing


November 18th, 2014
~
Frosty autumn morning
finds feathered friends
flying in for a landing
eagerly eyeing seed 
buffet laid down below 
finding the offerings
to their liking~down they
flutter~a whir of wings
one last look around
all's well~let's eat!!!


November 19th, 2014
~
Monochromatic landscape lies
draped in heavy gray mizzle
overhead cawing hoarsely
crows flying high pierce
shrouds of misty veils
the only sign of life
as we crossed
the prairie
today


November 20th, 2014
~
On the electrical lines
seven doves wait
patiently for the
feeding frenzy
below to
cease
~
Symbol of peace
cooing so softly
they fly down
angel wings
spread
wide
~
Getting their turn now
at last the long wait
is over sparrows
and blue jays
finally had
enough


Ode to a Prince of a Cat
***
Siegfried 1997~2014
~
Today he left us~ now only memories remain
of that very first day when we spied the mewling
litter of kittens~cleverly tucked away out of sight
he slipped away~rejoining those who crossed before
brother Cheetah~brother Teddy~elegant sister Woody
litter mates they were~snuggled tightly together
~
Through tears we fondly recall the many years
he graced our lives~mischievous as a young cat
cheerfully thieving the neighbor's scattered things
soon a bag was hung upon the fence to return
his found treasures~cans~casette tapes~tools
any odds and ends laid down carelessly
~
He was a recycler at heart, a retriever of balls
chewer of branches~playful tackler of siblings
his silver tabby fur glowing in the underbrush
he stalked ~once foolishly challenging a rattlesnake
angrily coiled ~rattles sounding a fierce warning
sharp spray of water saved him that day
~
Growing into the most magnificent prince of a cat
somber now~naughty wild youth left long behind
often found sitting~deep in thought as if contemplating
life as it presented itself to him each and every day
but now and then his inner white tiger would spring forth
slay a careless bird~never wasteful~he'd relish his wild feast


November 21st, 2014
~
Infinite sculptures stretch
as far
as the eye can see carrying
light
and precious warmth into
our homes
utilitarian
towers that
can be seen as
 either beauties or
beasts yet no matter
 how we see them we value
their service to us keeping cold
and dark at bay on the cold winter days ahead

 ***

November 22nd, 2014
~
Breaking through the heavy mist deep V's sketched into the sky
traveling south to milder climes their loud calls reach us
clearly standing below looking up into the rainy cold
skies marveling at such strength of purpose and
wing inner compass guiding them along on
their arduous long journey year after
year in all weather such a wonder
such inspiration for us below
reminding us to be strong
on our inner journey
to the  place we
need to be in
order to
thrive


November 23rd, 2014
~
Overnight the cold storm moved on
early morning finds us under
glowing skies~filled with fluffy remnants
tenderly kissed by the rising sun
glowing so brightly~warming heart and soul

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10th-16th, 2014


November 10th, 2014
~
Sitting quietly~deep in thought
enveloped in golden mist
is this magic~is it a golden dream
~
Startled back to reality I turn
looking outside this evening
our skies spill down liquid gold
~
Moments later~bright golden streaks
bright raspberry~transforming 
quickly ~deepest vermilion glows
~
Inhaling deeply~breath takes in
this magically infused air
sinks deep down into the soul
~
Soon colors fade~darkness falls
the streaks deep violet now
edged in antiqued old rosé lace
~
Heart overflows~full to the brim
with Nature's beauty now
carried within~AFTERGLOW

***

November 11th, 2014
~
Beneath a pale morning moon
buzzards circle lazily
Shasta's snowy flanks beckon


November 12th, 2014
~
Delicate bud slowly unfurls
glowing citrine green
rebirth of bouquet long dead


November 13th, 2014
~
Dark clouds gather to the West
radiant sun slowly slips away
valley shrouded in golden mist
~
Above us a pool of cerulean blue
spilling notes from it's heart
pure soaring soprano fills the air
~
Meadowlark~ golden throated
sings exquisitely~ full of joy
bidding this day a last farewell


***

November 14th, 2014
~
Thick morning fog
caresses the pines
November morn


Birds chatter loudly
fluffing against
 November morning chill


November 15th, 2014
~
Beneath flaming fall trees
cattle graze peacefully
their pale flanks kissed
gently by the setting sun
~
Savoring this rural scene
tranquility descends
we head toward home
another luminous autumn day


November 16th, 2014
~
Wise old owl flag
newly arrived
graces old cattery
~
Sitting empty now
our last old boy
moved in with us
~
Yet through sad losses
we've gained space
for messy creativity
~
Embracing change
our only choice
life is moving on
~
Small light filled space
once filled with purrs
transforming into a studio



Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 1st-9th, 2014


November 1st, 2014
~
Once again my nocturnal muse appears
her bright light gently diffused tonight
rainbow halo shimmers tenderly holding
this heavenly body~her timeless beauty
inspires and enchants again and again


November 2nd, 2014
~
At last deep autumn has found us
generous colors spill across the yard
heavy dark clouds shroud skies
which had been a bright hot blue
shimmering with heat all summer
~
Blessed cooler days are here at last
not quite prepared bodies protest
joints creek muscles tighten fingers cold
opening the door chills follow us inside
now first fires blaze snapping merrily
~
Candle flickers warming the soul
standing in the kitchen peeling silky
pears and apples adding winter spices
handful of cranberries blending carefully
then together they tumble onto the crust
~
What better way to welcome this season
chasing away the chill by creating warmth
not only with candle light but crackling fires
sweet pies bake heating the cool house
curls of delectable scents rise into the air



November 3rd, 2014
~
Morning sky awash in delicate
stripes of rosé and periwinkle
~
Last golden leaves tremble
on now nearly bare Tilia
~
Time to say goodbye
rest well this winter
~
Until spring wakes you
once again your buds
~
Forming heart shaped
leaves and golden florets
~
Veiled in sweetest scent
dripping nectar for the bees
~
Now sleep draw your life
juices deep into your heart


November 4th, 2014
~
Intricate
weaving powerful
bold geometric patterns
clouds weft cypress warp
LUNA



November 5th, 2014
~
HOPE
~
On this day
when so much seems lost
the future looking dark
golden glow shines brightly
reminding us gently
that as with season's change
darkness might reign
leaving us feeling hopeless
but as it is in nature
season of light and rebirth
will find us once again
so let us not lose heart
let us cherish the hope that
down the road light
will find us once again
leading us out of the shadows
back into a bright future
for the sake of us all
and future generations


November 6th, 2014
~
Celestial fireworks
blooming overhead
much needed joy
***
Brilliant
vivid colors
bursting up high
colors spills to earth
SUNSET


November 7th, 2014
~
Glowing face hidden
entangled in oaks
suddenly breaking free
she floats up~ rising
within a coppered halo
high above the pines
she smiles down
blessing our home
and all laying below
her bright silvery gaze


***


November 8th, 2014
~
Opulent plump beauty
reclines languidly
promising juicy autumn joy


November 9th, 2014
~
On this day~celebrating with joy
twenty five years ago today
dreadful wall came down at last
once again traffic roared
through this gate to the others side
freedom no longer a dream
but a reality on that amazing day
this wall separating families
for decades~fallen~beaten down
but while we celebrate and sing
lighting up this bright vibrant city
let us never forget and honor
those who died in their attempt
while fleeing oppression and fear
only yearning  to be free to join
their families on the other side
hunted with dogs they were
gunned down~stark white crosses
stand witness lest we forget
the terrible price they paid
running toward freedom


#2
~
Todesstreifen~Strip of Death
coated thickly with poison
nothing left alive to grow and thrive
~
Silky gold sands drank eagerily
the lifeblood of those
who risked it all~and failed
~
Runs of dogs~prisoners too
spend every night and day
their duty to alert the guards
~
Guards walked in pairs here
each the other's keeper lest
one of them should try to run
~
Harsh searchlights pointed out
the quaking silhouettes of those
bravely trying to escape at night
~
Now once again silent dead land
is full of life~joyous barking
dogs dig and play~burying the past



Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27th-31st, 2014


October 27th, 2014
~
Delicate smile
glows brightly
sinks down 
into a rosé 
cloud duvet
fairy tale sky

***

October 28th, 2014
~
First Flight
~
Into early morning skies the color of
fine champagne buzzards take
to the air lazily spiraling up
into the skies growing
ever smaller~now
mere dots
r
i
s
i
n
g
way up high


October 29th, 2014
~
Loudly he announces his arrival
bold raucous cry rings out
disturbing our morning peace
~
Bright eyed he flies in alights
scattering small birds who
familiar with his might flee
~
Handsome blue silver knight
but no Lancelot is he
bringing chaos to our realm
~
Methinks I shall name him Mordred
for he came not in peace
but to disturb our blessed kingdom


October 30th, 2014
~
Early autumn morning
gilded spires rise
up into a pale blue sky
~
Morning breeze carries
the musty scent
of colored fallen leaves
~
Faint scent of wood smoke
enhances this
heady autumnal perfume


October 31st, 2014
~
Shasta
winter king
seemingly floating
above the far horizon
such grand mountain majesty
bare flanks are now once again
draped in snowy ermine wreathed with
cloudy collars pulled snug against the cold
splendid sight savored on our morning walk this day


#2
~
Take care of your furred ones~keep them inside
sparing them harm and possible fright
~
Tis All Hallows Eve~ghouls are walking outside
warty wizards appear~casting spells in the night
~
Pumpkins are grinning~baring big teeth
eerily illuminating these dark rainy streets
~
Goblins are roaming ~ loudly ringing the bell
hand them their treats~then bid them farewell
~
Soon the veil thickens~this night~it will end
peace once again~stay safe my dear friends



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?


October 26th, 2014
~
7WS
~
First golden glow
hurry winter
is coming

***

Hoping the bounty
ripens before
first frost comes
coldly robbing us
of this last warm
memory of summer

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