Monday, July 29, 2013

Week of July 29th-August 4th, 2013

July 29th, 2013
Minimal Monday

July 30th, 2013
Setting sun~ a brilliant burnished disc
sinks into diaphenous veils of smoke
blood orange red surrounds her golden face
she hovers briefly ~then slips over the horizon
richly colored skies glow
spilling deep rose across the valley
Nature's magic transforms
blessing all below

July 31st, 2013
They're back again in all their splendor
brought to our backyard by the receeding creek
full of fish~concentrated in ever shrinking pools
the misfortune of one a boon for 
for another~Snowy Egrets feast


August 1st, 2013
Ming the Adventuress
It's August and the mind turns to 
enjoying summer before it's gone
In order to decide which adventures would suit
Ming spend some time exploring her options
Maybe a ride on the ATV?
Or a tear across the lake in the boat?
A climb up on the roof?
Taunting the old cats?
Then again, maybe a mad dash up a tree
and down again will fit the bill. 
So many choices~so little time 

We write
about joys, triumphs and sadness
We write
to share our thoughts
hoping to be heard
We write
to connect with
those of like mind
We write
about deep thoughts
and happy ones
We write 
about challenges and doubts
in everyday life
We write 
about our passions
and our daily joys
We write
mindfully noting 
the little things and the big
We write
sometimes about silly stuff
or our family pets
The important things
aren't rules and regulations
it's the fact that regardless

August 2nd, 2013
Jade Rose
young at her side
Mother Mandala


August 3rd, 2013
Six Word Saturday
Night Zephyr
cooling caress
most welcome

August 4th, 2013
Baby lizard ~ Miniature dragon
basking in the sun
tanking up warmth
then full speed ahead

Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22nd-28th, 2013

July 22nd, 2013
Minimal Monday
Luna~golden face~silver smile

I wake confused~is it night or day?
Luna beckons smiling~ leads me into the garden
we walk the paths~bathed in her luminescent light
cool night air stirs~slight breeze caressing the skin
yet sleep nudges~wants me back~reluctantly I listen
bidding Luna good bye~knowing I must rest
she'll return tonight~I drift back to sleep smiling


Ode to an "O"
Typing~ fingers flying~suddenly disaster strikes
the"o" now stuck to my fingertip
I fumble and fight ~ struggling to re-attach the escapee
but it stubbornly refuses to do my bidding
I am now reduced to typing with a limp
ring finger hitting a soft, squishy peg
not a hard, smooth key whenever an "o" is needed.
I've been taking you for granted all this time
is that why you sprang from the keyboard
as if to say "LOOK AT ME"?!?

July 23rd, 2013
Luminous pearl
floating in an abalone morning sky
Luna sets

July 24th, 2012
Change of weather
Heavy clouds blanket the sky
kaleidoscopes flicker
to the beat of the music
like night time ferris wheel rides
Aura migraine descends
temples and drums pounding
out the rhythm

July 25th, 2013
Charleston Gray
your girth, your shiny splendor
pale gray, nearly white~like a Beluga whale
cutting into your heart~ crimson splendor is revealed
studded with mahogany seeds~ sweetest, succulent flesh
perfect iced on a blistering hot day
Heirloom Watermelon extraordinaire
each juicy bite of you delights the palate
we feast~ chins dripping crimson nectar

July 26th, 2013
The Ming's pajamas
Oh heavenly day of freshly washed sheets
Ming, in charge of quality control~ checking each corner
a tuck here~ a tuck there~ until it's just right
she's very helpful~eagerly lending a velvet paw
riding the mattress edge up, up until the corner is snug
then down again~ yes it's taut enough~ I checked she purrs
each piece of the puzzle eagerly inspected
pillows fluffed, duvets stuffed~ she stretches out
now busy tidying and sorting stray hairs grooming
until gleaming~can't slip under the covers without freshly
groomed cat's pajamas, now can we?
Tired from her labors, she slips under the covers.

July 27th, 2013
Lantana blooms
her heart
embraces all

July 28th, 2013
It's been a while since you were here, little one
getting bigger~ still wearing your baby coat
nibbling ~ delighted to find fallen fruit
and watermelon rinds on this hot day
we cherish your delightful visits to our hill
Mom stands guard as you munch carefree
she nibbles too~but always alert~ears pricked
listening-scenting~watching~keeping you safe
her tender care of you a joy to see

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15th-21st, 2013

July 15th. 2013
Minimal Monday
Stemmed Sunshine
bright shining face

July 16th, 2013
Anxious chukking alerts us
Mother Quail is here,babies at her side.
Already the little ones are scratching and pecking,
emulating their mother, eagerly searching for seeds
first feathers slowly replacing downy fluff
soon babies will wear a curled feather upon their heads~bobbing comically as they peck
DING DING ~like little bells striking the hour

July 17th, 2013
Deep summer is here
shrill persistent cicada song
loudly greets the season
July 18th, 2013
Sprinkler's arc sifts through the branches
setting sun illuminates~transforms
water no more ~now gold dust drifting
blessing the garden

Thoughts on ironing
Did I ever mention I hate to iron?
Well, I do. It seems like clothing has a mind of it's own
when in my impatient hands. The pieces refuse to lay
the way they need to, in order to receive the heated smoothing.
They fight and struggle, slipping and sliding
not at all willing to be beautified it seems.
Maybe I am too impatient? Maybe I expect perfection?
Would it be best to go for the more relaxed "she didn't sleep in it" look?
Valient husband to the rescue, taught to iron at his mother's knee.
He seems better equipped to deal with this frustrating chore.
My Hero!! Come to save the day, dress does his bidding it seems.
Yet as I was struggling I savored the soothing back and forth motion of the iron
almost meditative, feeling the soft, worn fabric of a favorite dress,
pale blue Burberry, once my Mother's favorite, now mine.
Did she too struggle with it? Or did she take the easy way out
and send it to the Dry Cleaners? I'll have to ask her when next we Skype
No way would her long gone husband, my step dad, have stepped up to the plate
and saved her by ironing that lovely, soft dress into submission. 

July 19th, 2013
Ming~ playing by moonlight~stalking imaginary prey
gracefully leaping~bushy tailed-in the moment
savoring the cool night air~slaying moon shadows
July 20th, 2013
BBQ scented
summer evening
waxing moon
Too hot
so tired
getting cranky
Wanting rain
to soothe
my soul
July 21st, 2013
Sunday morning
scent of coffee 
wakes the senses
Cool morning
allows garden time
hurry up~beat the heat
After hot labors
an afternoon siesta
will be perfect. 
Waking from siesta
languorous and sticky limbed
cold shower and icy melon
bring me back to life again

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8th-14th, 2013

July 8th, 2013
Minimal Monday
Lost glasses
writing blind
Without glasses
world looks fuzzy
Lovely words
mere smudges now
looking up
they laid silently
waiting to be found

July 9th, 2013
Little reader sits quietly
absorbed in his book
suddenly a flash of color
humming bird hovers~wings a blur
sipping Clary Sage Nectar
July 10th, 2013
Roaring lawn dragon disrupts the peace
soon the scent of freshly mown grass
and singing crickets will restore tranquility

July 11th, 2013
Trio~outlined against an early morning sky
jubilant singing~greeting the new day
ruffling feathers~sorting them just so
ready to take flight

July 12th, 2013

Little minnows
silver bellies flash as they twirl and play
casting tiny shadows in the creek bed
joyful leaps draw concentric circles
quivering and rippling~refracting light

For Tanya
The dead tree
pared down to a skeleton
still standing tall
useful yet~ even in death
providing perches for birds
and most importantly
July 13th, 2013
Last night
golden crescent
embroidered sky
Velvet night
Milky Way
flowing above
Early morning
deliciously cool
savoring it

July 14th, 2013
We walk~the rising sun at our backs~shadows well ahead
We pause and so do they~breathing in the cool morning air~savoring the feel
Then start again, hurrying homeward to beat
the heat already licking at our heels

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1st-7th, 2013

July 1st, 2013
Minimal Monday
Flowering ice
hearts shimmer

Ice cold Jacuzzi
Delicious Bubbles
Instant Bliss

July 2nd, 2013
Mid-Morning~ already the air shimmers with heat
buzzards spiral up into vortexes until mere dots
in a hazy pale blue sky
Squadrons of young dragonflies take
to the air~ testing their wings
circling and bowing in their dance of love
They soar above
we endure below
Summer has arrived
with a vengeance

July 3rd, 2013

Delicious scent permeates the air~plums and apricots are simmering
infused with cloves , cinnamon, orange peel & crystallized ginger
a swirl of Agave Syrup to sweeten~maybe a kiss of Grand Marnier
fruit compote is on the menu~generously ladled over vanilla icecream
or maybe simply au naturel in a bowl~ topped with Creme Fraiche

July 4th, 2013

Raspberry Jam sky
with a touch of
orange marmalade
Delicious sunset

July 5th, 2013
Watercolor dawn
sliver of moon floats on first light
Robin wakes singing

July 6th, 2013
Gorgeous yellow star
honeybee dives deep


She emerges sated
carefully navigating
golden spears

July 7th, 2013
Not a small stone~but a boulder
resting mid creek~shaped by floods
years of winter rains created this
small hollow~ carved by water
home for baby willow
sprouting in this most
unusual spot~so determined
to grow and thrive
against all odds