Tender Warriors

tender leaves push through soil and shake off winter’s grip tiny tendrils reach for the old metal lattice, and quiver for just a moment — an almost imperceptible movement weighing the consequences life or death, persevere or wait to wither in the cool winds that blow finding purchase, they coil becoming one with iron bars a small victory a time to rest, the reward while … Continue reading Tender Warriors

Snapshots

Reposting a poem for 2017 for #ThrowbackFriday I bore witness as time swallowed them whole still shimmering, still breathing, still filled with life these folds of time capturing moments Gifts of the present preserving what will become the past I stole silent snapshots as the unsuspecting carried on ordinary lives My eyes more acute than the cameras snapping photos My ears more sensitive than microphones … Continue reading Snapshots

To Find Inspiration

  Washed in silence these long days my spirit seeks purpose within the isolation Somewhere there is music, a special turn of phrase washed in silence these long days I search for meaning in moonbeams and the sun’s warm rays if nothing else, nothing else, to find a foundation Washed in silence these long days my spirit seeks purpose within the isolation Image by Ambady … Continue reading To Find Inspiration

Not Today

*Reposting for #ThrowbackFriday I’ve just returned from the Austin International Poetry Festival. In an effort to catch up on various poetry prompts in honor of National Poetry Month, I’m reposting this poem. It is one I read in Austin. This prompt comes from Writer’s Digest, prompt for Day 2. No I won’t set my sight on tomorrow I won’t wonder if the path not taken would have led to greener … Continue reading Not Today

Dawn of the Butterfly

Inadvertently in limbo although she thought the transformation was complete, that this part of the story was told, a dream come true. She waited to fly as her wings dried in the morning sun and the future gathered enough details to design her destiny. When strong winds began to shake the tender branch on which she rested, she remembered: She was a butterfly, free to … Continue reading Dawn of the Butterfly

Midnight

Midnight creeps silent, steady It whispers with the voice of a thousand ghosts Like a tree without leaves, it casts shadows of something it is not or something it could be It haunts the imagination, scurrying like mice in the attic, scratching in time with a beating heart Such is the transition from today into tomorrow I welcome the invitation and paint it with the … Continue reading Midnight

Simple Bouquets

Gather the blooms Let it rain, let it downpour We’ll brighten each day until the world resumes Even in darkness, there is more Let it rain, let it downpour We’ll celebrate each sunrise Even in darkness, there is more Simple pleasures and a sweet surprise We’ll celebrate each sunrise We’ll dance in every room Simple pleasures and a sweet surprise Gather the blooms   photo: … Continue reading Simple Bouquets

Memories of Home

Unaware the world has turned, these keepers of past days move between stalls in the old barn, seeping into cracked beams, sweeping across rough-hewn floors, surveying acres of woods just beyond and return to rest in the remnants of hay there in the corner, dark and damp, until they become one with spirits of horses that once lived here Their love of this space permeates … Continue reading Memories of Home

Faithful Companions

Poem from December 2014 for Throwback Friday An old man whistles as he shuffles down the sidewalk Each step an effort The effects of time his constant companion A well-lived life his source of inspiration   His old dog limps along beside him Each step an effort Still he follows A loyal companion His well-lived life with his gentle Master   They make quite a … Continue reading Faithful Companions

Missed Alarms

One of my favorites from 2014 for Throwback Friday Expelled from the hazy, lazy shangri-la of sleep Awareness settles in… slowly, faintly, persistently Cool morning air invades warm blankets Piercing the cocoon While whistling robins heckle   Plunged into the stark, absolute reality of failed alarms Panic reigns…pointedly, vehemently, completely Soft bare feet stomp hard wooden floors Breaking the barrier Between fragmented fantasies and frenzied … Continue reading Missed Alarms

Love Perseveres

knowing in loneliness knowing in loving   She waits   balancing the distance between nowhere and here   She waits   points on a map disappear as time nullifies miles and minutes and minutia   she wages war against desperation and wills the waves to stop rolling   and waits   standing alone as cold winds blow she feels the warmth of Spring   even … Continue reading Love Perseveres

Positive Intentions

Sharing a poem from July 2014 for Throwback Friday Awesome power Lies within each Positive intention Uttered quietly Embraced in hope Washed and released Unlike condemnation encumbered by anger Or desperate pleas entangled with fear The energy is pure Akin to odes recited by a joyful heart Or promises bound by love Yet stronger in its selflessness Whether whispered by a friend held dear Or … Continue reading Positive Intentions

Promote Yourself Monday, January 13, 2020

Originally posted on Go Dog Go Café:
Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe community members are invited to post one link to one specific piece of their writing (600 words or less please!) they have published on their blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed into the comments section below. If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing… Continue reading Promote Yourself Monday, January 13, 2020

What comes around

Originally posted on Eugi's Causerie:
wisdom of the past brings courage to the new year ignoring borders Frank Tassone #Haikai Challenge #119 (12/28/19): New Year (Shinnen) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga – This week, write the #haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga) that alludes to the New Year (Shinnen), be it New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, the… Continue reading What comes around

Promote Yourself Monday, December 30, 2019

Originally posted on Go Dog Go Café:
Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe community members are invited to post one link to one specific piece of their writing (600 words or less please!) they have published on their blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed into the comments section below. If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing… Continue reading Promote Yourself Monday, December 30, 2019

Kept in Resolution

A time for ending A time for beginning Beginning to make plans Beginning to make a move Move to find warmth in Winter’s wisp Move to find meaning down where the stars sleep Sleep to find dreams Sleep to escape nightmares Nightmares leaving me trapped Nightmares leaving me stripped bare Bare my teeth and find courage Bare my soul and find strength Strength to survive … Continue reading Kept in Resolution

Cryptic Carols

Rally ‘round the middle melodies Hold hope in your heart as deities design a perfect pause to catch karma Sing songs of aftershocks and avenues as winding ways back beckon Rally ‘round, rally ‘round, rally ‘round Shelter and stand beneath love and light photo: Hammacher Schlemmer prompts: #VerseAngel, The Sunday Whirl, Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie – Saturday Mix Continue reading Cryptic Carols