Monday, May 19, 2014

May 2014 ~ Our Germany trip~ a look back

Getting caught up after a vacation to my homeland the first two weeks of May. I'll be sharing some of the moments captured during that rather whirlwind visit which was great fun. Here's to looking back.

April 29th, 2014
Walking along the Bay~tomorrow we fly
finding last moments of tranquility
we feast our eyes on nature's beauty
egret delicately walks along the shore
undaunted by the swirling winds of life
breathing deeply~frantic mind settles

April 30th, 2014
Corkscrew contrails unfurl in the sky
vaporous ghosts of earlier flights
leading us toward our final destination

Above whipped cream mountains we fly
the connecting flight~once again in motion
nearing our final destination~weary travelers now
longing for space, fresh air and sleep
At last the clouds part
large tears reveal the world below
tiny story book villages
nestled in quilts of color
Lakes shimmer~rivers wind
rape seed fields glow~glorious treasure
illuminated by the afternoon sun
Tranquil hamlets rest peacefully
But soon the quiet countryside makes way
urban sprawl appears beneath our wings
nearly there~hearts beat~final approach
we've arrived safely~ready to face the city

May 2nd, 2014
Quiet days no more~the race is on
torn from our simple rustic lives
we reel~caught by the swift current
the loud fast heartbeat of the city
they say New Yorkers feel at home here
rapid  pace mirroring that of their hometown
Spilling out into the street through carousel doors
expensive scents still lingering in our noses
now replaced by chill diesel laden air
sensory overload everywhere~color~sound
horns beep impatiently~pedestrians beware
frantic clacking of heels~everyone hurries along
Masses of humanity~ not a moment to spare
rushing along we too get caught up in the stream
which carries as along this busiest of streets
then down into the very bowels of the city
here too the pace continues~quick grab tickets
wave of hot air~pushed ahead by the arriving train
Breaks squeal~doors open~spilling their cargo
soon to be replaced by those of us waiting
rushing in~quickly finding a handhold~hang on
doors slide shut~away we go~gathering speed
hurling into the darkness toward our station
fellow riders crack open books~settle in
Our hearts beat fast~not used to all of this
still jet lagged and disoriented ~we hang on
soon we too will  find our groove~speed up
readily hop from train to train~not like natives
but at least not reeling ~heads spinning
catching our breath~happy we found our train

May 2nd, 2014
He stands quietly~an island of tranquility~surrounded
by the hustle and bustle which flows by like a river
at his feed rests a small box~bunches of greenery
Lily of the Valley~like us recently arrived in the city
freshly plucked from it's quiet peaceful forest home
into this strange new place of noise and confusion
Bending down I gather a bunch into my hands
grasping tight this most delicate emblem of May
inhaling the delicate essence~white bells nod
carrying me for just a moment to the place of it's birth
the peaceful forest~it's spicy verdant breath finds me here
on a city sidewalk~transformed for a brief moment in time
Placing a few coins into the hands of the gatherer~homeless maybe
no doubt gathering this plenty early that day~earning his living
I turn  placing the simple nosegay into my mother's hands
raising it to her nose~inhaling deeply~she too finds a moment of calm
before the city claims us once again~now and then as we walk
delicate swirls of scent curl up in  fragrant wisps~calming~soothing

May 3rd, 2014
Sunrise over the city
below us~high in the Linden
Blackbird greets the day

May 3rd, 2014
Long awaited~we meet at last
her lovely smile and warm heart
illuminated this first special day
What gifts this community has brought
a virtual family of sorts
moving from cyberspace to realspace
Together~husbands by our side
we explored and savored our time
three whole days~laughing~sharing
As if we'd known each other all along
with these generous warmhearted  friends
Though in the end we had to part
our three days spend~the memories made
will always live on in our hearts


May 3rd, 2014
Seven Word Sunday
Up high
wise owl
rules the world

May 4th, 2014
Minimal Monday
Beware the Bear

Not so many years ago~this gate stood silent witness
to man's cruelty~death strip on either side~white crosses
to mark those who lost their life in their bid for freedom
Thirty years ago we stood on the Western side
gray concrete to the East~cruel wall dividing a city
tearing families and friends apart~even streets divided
Once vibrant city center~the wall rose~then silence fell
broken only by gunshots and barking guard dogs
darkness at night to the East~vibrant life and light to the West
Then came that famed day of Reunification
jubilant masses~attacking that infamous wall
tearing down the cruel barrier which divided them
It's been a few years~once again the city thrives
now lights shine on both sides~rebirth everywhere
we walk Unter den Linden once again~as it should be
Quadriga rides proudly~facing wasteland no more
everywhere signs of hard work~West merging with East
we stroll along~enjoying history along the way


May 4th, 2014
Today~ on this cool day in May
books are celebrated and read
a sit-in~read-in event~much enjoyed
On this very same spot~May 1933
in front of the steps of Humboldt University
Nazi's piled knowledge up high
Then lit it up~destroying all the wisdom
contained within each precious book
thus extinguishing the light of learning
Education~they knew~was their enemy
only those kept in the dark~ignorant
would heed their evil call to ruin
How grateful we are on this day in May
dreadful history behind us~yet never forgotten
once again knowledge holds court~read on
Yet never forget the lessons learned back then
those who would do the most evil
need those who shun wisdom to do their ugly work


May 4th, 2014
Ahoy there, Matey
how nice to see you
smiling~paws on hips
brightened the gray day
You look ready to
sail the seven seas
safe journey to you
my cheerful feline friend

May 4th, 2014
Potsdamer Platz~once the heart of Berlin
then for years~a man created wasteland
but once again~the heart beats here
people gather~chat~beneath the sail like roof
Sony Center~an architectural marvel
lights up the nightsky~heart of the city beating
once again~in a breathtaking high tech way



May 7th, 2014
Seven Word Sunday Trio
Peeping Tom~on the ladder~peering in


Exquisite color shines~competing with the sun


Fairytale Cottage~who lives within these walls

May 7th, 2014
Peacefully we drift along these quiet waterways
birdsong hangs in the moist air~leaves rustle in the wind
frantic city seems a world away~breathing deeply~we sigh
reconnecting to nature once again~finding our center
Our punter chats~yet we filter out his voice
our eyes travel across this tranquil landscape
cozy cottages line the canals~old boats sway
colorful cottage gardens spill to water's edge
This lovely scene could easily be in Holland
but no~south of the big city~this tranquil land lies
haystacks rise above flower dotted meadows
ducks rest on banks~head beneath their wings
We pass an old cottage slowly falling in on itself
how long has it stood~forgotten~uncared for
our dreams take wing ~briefly we see ourselves
bringing it back to live~close to the city~yet rural
But we know it can never be~our roots are deep
other ties~ hold us tight on the far side of the globe
we drift on~look back wistfully~silver birch stands
towering above long neglected gardens~sheltering

May 7th, 2014
Beneath our hot cloudless sky
today deep longing fills my heart
remembering the emerald splendor

May 7th, 2014
Old farm boy's delight
bright red tractor
taking a well earned nap

May 8th, 2014
Standing on Mom's balcony
I zoom in on Berlin's Icon
grim reminder of the devastation
Left standing~newly restored
overlooking Berlin's main street
lest we forget the lesson learned
Because all war is futile
the price paid too high
we need to remember that

May 9th, 2014
Five stories up~across the courtyard
is Seed Crow gardening
or grooming himself~ready for a hot date

May 9th, 2014
Six Word Saturday
Special gift
lovingly fashioned
safely delivered

May 10th, 2014
Seven Word Sunday
Hearty hugs exchanged
let the fun begin
Finally~after too many years
sister held in tight embrace
bustling train station noise
forgotten for just a moment
Then on to meet and greet
brother-in-law and nephews
never met before this day
instant connection made
Let the fun begin~we're ready
first a hurried meal for fuel
then off we go~at lighting speed
into the Tube~to the Zoo
Cool rainy weather don't stop us
bollerwagen filled with gear
ready to meet all creatures 
Zoo behind us~luscious cake in front of us
washed down with decadent cappuccino
cozy we sit~surrounded by our small family
Thoroughly warmed now~ inside and out
we sit and savor each bite and smile
snug and dry in this cozy cafe~time's too short
soon we must part~until we met again~my dears

May 10th, 2014
Anxiously he paces~focused
only one thing on his mind
getting close to his new lady love
She rests peacefully inside
sleeping away the day~relaxed
seemingly unaware of his presence
Once formally introduced
will she accept his love
curl up peacefully with him
Or will she spit and growl
fangs bared~huge paw striking
telling him that he's not her type


In Motion
Lightening fast
Finally resting
What a blast

Reminiscent of a rising Full Moon
he quietly glides into view
illuminating his aquatic space
honeyed rays pierce murky darkness
he shimmers~suspended
dark eyes survey his domain
mouth slowly opens~will he speak
in shiny gilded bubbles
share pearls of fishy wisdom
I'll never know~he turns away
and leaves me wondering....

May 11th, 2014
Once again we meet
tight hugs renew the bond
forged with words
across the many miles
well met~dear friends
though time was brief
every moment a delight
we say our good byes
stay well~be happy
until we meet again

May 12th, 2014
First light
peering out the window
down harbor
more guests arrived
I see their boat
docked at Oliver's house
time to rise
meet the new day
ready for the celebration


We celebrate her 80's today
but to me~dear Tante Inge
will always be that sweet
young thing~who held me tight
kept me safe~loved me deeply
.....where did the years go?????

And thus the adventure began aboard the Pirateship Roma II
rocking gently at her lines~she was ready to welcome us
First Mate and Captain put on a show~swaggering on her decks
then offering a helping hand~boarding the birthday crew
The old boat rumbled to life~older then our birthday girl~chugging along
all happy hands on deck~laughing~drinking~ telling tall tales
of tall ships~mermaids~kraken and treasure carefully hidden away
noisely enjoying this not so far journey on gentle canals
Drifting through the lovely green Dutch countryside~on either side
verdant juicy meadows pass~speckled with colorful wildflowers
jubilant birds rose as we passed~up into the heavily clouded skies
stiff breeze~now and then a brief squall~silvered ruffled seas ahead
We take it all in stride~happy hearts~lots of smiles
what's a little rain~faces in the wind~we travel on
no stormy weather is going to dampen our spirits
matjes rolls washed down with hearty bottles of Grolsch
A feast for the eyes and all the other senses
this journey~ not soon be forgotten by the crew
celebration of a special woman and her special day
may she live many many more years~CHEERS

May 12th, 2014
Gazing out the window~it appears
looking a bit forbidding and forlorn
on this wet windy day~seemingly
afloat upon the choppy pewter sea
private island for rent~sleeps 52
perfect writer's retreat~we'd nearly fit
alas~we're scattered all across the globe
let's close our eyes and dream~imagining
sitting together on this small Dutch island
laughing~eating~writing~exchanging thoughts
lifting glasses together~if only it were true