Monday, July 15, 2019

Sunshine on my shoulders..

















































Drops of courageous zest
rain from the sun, 
reflecting in watery, 
lazy, 
kaleidoscope colors,
broken only by 
faint breezes.
Light enters every wound.
My soul's a river 
flowing through me,
drawn to the stronger 
pull of joy and what I love.
In sunshine 
time dissolves.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Enchantment of June









































































































After a hiatus from my muse,  I thought I'd attempt this week's prompt over at dversepoets.com 
where we are writing in response to one of Jaqueline Hurlbert's expressions of art and another reality.



Enchanted June



I am Summer emerging,
full of possibilities 
for peace, for caring,
dreaming in colors of Tuscany.

The enchantment of June's
warm rain,
with flowers in full bloom,
when yellow monarchs swoon.

Unspoken words loom,
and hearts not broken croon.
Let go of conflicts, neuroses,
rename the planets' moons.

Find your Huckleberry Finn.
or ride a bike smiling.
Unchain your melody,
love being all you can be.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Haibun Monday - That Picnic










































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As clear as can be
is the memory -
the scenic setting of our summer mountain  picnics.
Rows of small white clouds fended off the  heat.  We followed a dirt path to the sky blue lake's edge where Indians often caught and smoked their fish.
Picking and eating berries,
it was not unheard of to spot a bear and her cubs nearby.

Huckleberry pie
scoop of vanilla ice cream,
calling geese fly by.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Dancing with the Stars






































































































This photo was taken the other night by a local photographer.  Many captured similar results of the sunset all around the Puget Sound area.  
It fits nicely the rubaiyat form of poetry we were prompted to write today at  dversepoets.com






Dancing with the Stars




You came to me in a dream orange and indigo,

a timeless honor, an invite from eons ago.
I was wearing a violet primrose evening gown,
you, your tomato, magenta and sapphire trousseau.

Through furrowed rows of aquamarine and red bordeaux,

we waltzed to the outermost archipelago,
skipping the teal streets of bordellos and tinseltown
swaying to stereo reggae and the calypso.

We royally stole front row seats to the starlight's show,

painted the skies as if we were  Michelangelo.
We boogied beyond the early black tide at sundown,
when we slowdanced in the melting cobalt afterglow.





Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Harbingers of Spring









































Harbingers of Spring
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Emerging harbingers of spring
have begun - 
returning birdsong,
the stretching of days,
slow smile of the sun.

Racing thoughts scatter
to the scent of a China moon.
Rain abides for fools...
the glance of
a dream lover -

Narcissus croon.

Born of the side of a stem,
buds of silky fur pussy willow,
the bleating of 
prancing new lambs
in green pillowed meadows,
and me -
stepping lightly.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Au Revoir



























































































This month at dversepoets Bjorn has offered us a Sonnet challenge. Many poets struggle with writing Sonnet form, myself included.  Part of the difficulty comes in working with the meter and rhyme scheme.  I chose the Petrarchan Sonnet form...abab abab cde cde..with a pretext statement or problem and the resulting change or solution.




Au Revoir


Hopeful hearts rise and fall, undulate, sway,
revolving doors of full blown joy and pain.
Tangled in life's elegant human chain,
bloodied, tested by snags along the way.

Harder lessons living with shame and blame,
heady dreams impossible to sustain.
On bitter wings we lift to fly away,
need for healing by soft, delicate rain.

Lost in the amethyst eye of the storm,
archangels wrap their wings around our fears,
we follow our one reappearing star.

Finding repose amidst our Milky Way home,
the love inside through billions of light years,
we take with us in sweetest au revoir.



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Art on My Wall














































































What is on your wall?
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Wall Hanging



This basket creation recalls a primitive time,
embedded in my heart of hearts,
It signifies a previous era,
and even though I was not there,
only a twinkle in my parents' eyes,
it yet imparts
exist in a future sense.

Another tense,
a timelessness.

Why does it impress me so,
when in time, I too,
will be long gone?
Perhaps, to know that I am,
is all, and there is evidence
from whence I came
which is strong,
I am immortalized.



A Patch of Blue
































It is Haibun Monday and "January" is the prompt.
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A Patch of Blue


Gulls still nest in the thicket on the lane by the old beach house, the walls wherein I spent my childhood days. The cherry orchard muffles the sound of waves.  Each year I return to the small beach town and revisit the past and restore my soul. On this particular day, morning fog parts to a patch of blue. I am exhilarated as I walk the four blocks to buy coffee.

It rarely snows at the ocean, but in January the ubiquitous wetness and cold combine with gale winds to create a blistering sleet.  Most days are marked by dark clouds meeting the horizon, the sea and sky and pavement, all darker shades of cheerless grey. Of all the hours in a day, only a few are actual daylight, so it might as well be night.

Sitting by a fire ablaze, open book on my lap, I see the hallway where we used to slide across the floor in stocking feet, the bench seat in which we used to hide. I see loved ones rapping on the door, arriving to welcoming arms. My senses are  aroused by familiar, easy surroundings,  the fresh smell of  linens on the beds, the reckless feel of gritty sand on the floor, and the sound of hungry birds calling  overhead. Over time, one becomes set in his ways. January is full of the past, much in the present, and offers hints of the future.

All I've ever been,
The sea's where I want to be.
All I am is here