Tuesday, December 25, 2007


more blessed to give
light of joy in others' eyes
soul satisfaction
each glance reminds me
you know what pulls my heartstrings
your gift of the heart

one deep breath
Merry Christmas!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007


wholehearted seeking
is a thrill
and a fear;
the letting go
often euphoric
until darkness,
then, trembling.
do you trust
what you remember
from before
the sun rose?
do you remember
what you saw
before the veil
of your eyes closed?
seeds grow in the dark
not in harsh light;
they embrace
the mystery
and reach the light
just when;
the dark is not fallow ground.


rushing through the crowds
do i see behind the eyes
of your great burden

Friday, December 21, 2007


when the cold wind blows

my southern soul searches for

place of belonging

Sunday, December 16, 2007

beauty of advent

solitary flame
a candle better than curse
the beauty of one
now the light is two
in the deepening winter
the circle widens
rose candle joins flame
the wait is almost over
third week of advent
circle of complete
illuminating darkness
four lights shining bright

Thursday, December 13, 2007

twelve days of poetry project

to sit in quiet
absorbing winter silence
december twilight
one innocent babe
born two thousand years ago
world forever changed
hustle and bustle
sea of humanity flows
winter wander-land
tropical weather
childhood winters must make do
northern state of mind
still and silent night
crunch of snow-pack under foot
homing feels so good
cold of december
forgotten in season's hope
bearing peace and love
strings of light delights
hope in a rainbow of shine
hugging Christmas tree

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


delicate handling
dreaming of what you will be
autumn's sweet success
panna cotta smooth
vanilla and cranberry
season of delight
perfect flaky crust
nestling creamy pumpkin
dollop of whipped cream

Thursday, December 6, 2007


in winter we find
a tender moment of light
through the long darkness

Sunday, December 2, 2007


half empty, half full
life poured forth into the glass
only you decide
waiting to be filled
with food and conversation
drink it in deeply
once whole and unlined
now broken by tides of time
beautiful in spite

Friday, November 30, 2007


movement of grace
waters of complacency
ripple from center

Monday, November 26, 2007


hard edges of life
tumbled about in current
smoothed by time's passing

Friday, November 23, 2007


six years you've been gone
memories flood through this month
nobody's child now

Monday, November 19, 2007


boarding pass in hand
release from ordinary
wings carry away
words swirling around
countenance of perplexion
in a foreign land

the face of kindness
in spite of the foreign sounds
on the heart remains

dare to take the path
find directions in your heart
adventure awaits

one deep breath

Friday, November 16, 2007


leafy autumn search
on the byways of my heart
red and gold treasures

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


where do i belong
traveling on a journey
yearning for your face
quiet firelight
surrounding my evening chill
autumn belonging
folded in embrace
the circle of what matters
sighing depth of soul
miles of distance
merely separating touch
home, where the heart is

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


just like november
to send the wind of changes
through the summer leaves

Sunday, November 4, 2007


alley-way alone
in a city built for two
quietly i trudge


alone in a crowd
do you notice the center
where i may be found
faithful and patient
wait for the master's return
please don't be too long
loneliness of time
felt in desolate places
shrill cry of the crow
house still and quiet
today i am an island
at least until three

Saturday, November 3, 2007

late harvest

clinging to the wall
in the still sunshine of time
hope is in the fruit

Friday, November 2, 2007

all souls

layered, time passage
rememberances this day
for all gone before

Thursday, November 1, 2007

all saints

those who've gone before
life mimics in the season
leaves blanket the ground

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

all hallow's eve

the carving knife stands ready
full-wicked candles in the wing
mr. roundy pumpkin
soon to get a grin!

guts of seeds to roasting
soul cakes on the rise
hooting owl & clever moon
promise ghoulish surprise!

don the mask at sundown
quick, not to be seen
cackling laugh heard echoing
tonight is hallowe'en!

Monday, October 29, 2007

change II

turn away in dread
surrender to the moment
relief in the new


evening shadows fall
velvet night in quiet lull
morning rays awake


looking back i see

growth into the forward me

janus i can be


new horizon calls

winds of change beckoning forth

let go, autumn leaf

one deep breath

Sunday, October 28, 2007


not ready
to face the steely grey
or brace myself against the blast
that will free the dying leaves

not ready
to prune back summer's best
or find among the thorns
the last rose bud never to full flower

not ready
for early twilight's canopy covering the world
or early morning's wakefulness
still steeped in the dark

summer left on the wind
born of a northern force
ushering in the length of night
emboldening brilliant moonshine
not asking, are you ready
bringing forth an urging deep & primal
for firelight & homing
rhythm moving on
ready or not
solstice bound
the turn of tide
winter's presence made known

Friday, October 26, 2007


driving wind & rain
drawn together 'round the flame
shingles flying free

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


season of candle
blood of the grape in my glass
gather 'round to toast


over candlelight
gelato di limone
two spoons in one dish

Saturday, October 20, 2007


the glory of two
hope is centered on the vine
and growth is outward
one deep breath...closeness

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

late bloomer

intrepid flower
bursting forth five months beyond
bloom out of season

Monday, October 15, 2007


teetering on edge
focus in still quiet hope
i do it for you


off balance scatter
return to the hope that is
centering prayer

Friday, October 12, 2007


i heard your voice
in the whispers & chants
just for a moment
i closed my eyes
& felt myself rise
out of ordinary
into the loft
of divine notes.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

primary color

flashes of yellow
butterfly on goldenrod
in the sunbeam's light

Monday, October 8, 2007

simple pleasures...

whistling kettle
steaming cup, evening respite
day's cares drift away


sheets in summer breeze
scent of the wind and sunshine
insomnia's cure


tomato home-grown
lop-sided juicy and red
harvest of my heart


stir of a chill breeze
scent of autumn on the wind
leaf dance of delight


one deep breath

Sunday, October 7, 2007


early morning rise
venus & the waning moon
just behind, the sun

Friday, October 5, 2007


rambling about
lost in thoughts of neverland
come in for dinner

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


fingers fly
over the letters
one touch
to a world
grammatical smile
shared hope

Monday, October 1, 2007

little lamb

chime in
with your majesty,
cut through the thick august air,
scolding my thoughts
as though a tear
was wrong...
shed for a little lamb
a full century & a half gone,
set among roses
trunk thick with time...
the past smells possible
& close by
heavy with sorrow.
momma, your name is carved
trickled soft by rains...
it saddens my heart
to see your gift
stone cold
reminding me of our
present postures apart...
i am trying to learn
what this means
to feel your love from where
& live without your soft hugs.

Friday, September 28, 2007


sun warmed, fresh picked bite
streaming down the joyful chin
harvest of content


i am a conduit
a mere vessel
whem empty
You may fill
when open
You may flow.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


the gift you have been given
you must give in return,
go forth - not lightly
into the heart of life,
living in the abundance of God,
not caring nor worrying
but rather in hope & trust,
embracing God's wonder & presence
in every drop of the created,
reveling in holy enchantment
& the gentle lap of Love.
living thus is the only gift
we may truly give.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


summer's airy breeze
perfect balance of sunlight
golden leaf let go


last day of summer
sticky haze through autumn light
green mingling gold

Sunday, September 16, 2007


the ocean is grief
our collective tears
raging in grey waves
pounding the sad sand
pulling against our wish.

the ocean is healing
a gentle flow of change
a play of light
rocking in motherly motion
sweet song in our ears.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


man by the road
in a posture of prayer
begging me to enter
into the ugliness of my surplus
and see
what i truly need
will fit in one bag
and my heart.

Friday, August 31, 2007

cradle of green

you caught my eye
in spite of the early morning haze
not enough coffee tasted-
away...my mind's wandering
the morning's freedom
not yet perusing a mental must-do;
a breeze lifted some of your bounty
just enough
amused, i turned my head.
your dreamy, verdant green
dripping with fresh dew
spilling over the edge
yet upturned in heliotropic wonder.
for one fairy-tale moment i imagine
that i am able to be contained
in repose on that one perfect leaf
rocked in the breeze
before i am fully awake.

Sunday, August 26, 2007


when did you grow so tall
when did you reach beyond
when did your footprint
start to envelope mine

when did you begin to understand
the subtle nuances of life
i know i've looked carefully
all along the way
but some things grow in silence
just beyond the knowing
as the days pass in living
right before our eyes
soon you will be watching
as i've done with you
and you too will wonder
how it's come this far
from where it all began

Friday, August 24, 2007


holy city haze
enrobed in august summer
sit a spell - refresh

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


exhale of long
from the depths
warm, moist air
of the beginning
expanding haze
diffused light of midday.
deep, wet breath - inhale
heavy with time
& with life
languid movement
seductive slow
in summer's airy plight.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


illuminated colors, captured still
hard to imagine your reality
of flesh & toil,
of knowledge deep
of pain that pierces a heart.
sunlight from behind
candlelight flickering
midday welcome into the quiet
beneath your benign smile.
inhale & sigh-
lay my worries on the cool ground
for but a moment
thoughts turned to something more
for that time.
to return is somehow easier
on ordinary days
you mothered too

Monday, August 13, 2007


murmuring in tongues
late afternoon light
mingles with my solitude
in sanctuary.
i rise - not wanting to intrude
but weighted i may not go
& so the words wash over me
Ave Maria
in beams of sea light.
words i may soon join
as i gain clarity
surrounded by pillars:
flesh & stone
i am pulled into what i sought-
Word & Communion
to slake my thirst
& bind my heart
in a gentle stitch
with timeless thread
spun in love
in a not-so-foreign land

Friday, August 10, 2007

for lisa

The sunlight has bathed
The once-dark room;
The candlelight that banished
The curse
Is now enveloped
In the daylight of hope.
My life-breath passes over the flame
But does not blow it out.
The flame vanishes
In a whisp of air;
A tendril of smoke
Rises to celestial realms.
I thread my gratitude
Into its delicate haze

And it becomes my prayer.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


a nudge from the fog of good sleep
not sorry to see the moon
pouring comfort into the deep night
cool stone under my feet, grounding consolation
necessary stop & slaking of thirst
but not back to repose...
first slip out the door into warm night air
slight stirring breeze & serenade
raise my arms in delight, hair tickling my face
slip back under cover, sigh to sleep

Sunday, August 5, 2007


if i promise to write
the words you paint,
will you also
give color to my verse?
when i walk on the journey,
your capture of light
pulls me from my blindness.
please free my pen
from monotone ink,
onto the canvas
breathe life.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


paper wings
folded in perpetual open
for a lofting breeze


be still:
i found your photograph
through tears of missing you.
all aflutter, my mind,
seeking solace in memory.
in perfect silence
it spoke
straight to the heart
of my matter.
spindley branches
new green shoots
perfect poise
against the backdrop
of heaven.

Friday, July 27, 2007


a long day at the end of an almost long week
running in every direction, little to show for it
a persistent whisper -- for several days
a mental sparring match...it's too hard, i can't do it
i will cry
i will feel vulnerable all over again
i will lose her in another moment of a series of moments that remember the loss
...weep with those who weep...
a humble present of time, stepping forward in surprising affirmation
i call.
she sounds hollow & congested
i wonder at the paradox of that
just let her talk
lean into her grief, born of a sudden loss.
her heart bursting to tell the whys & hows of the passing month
her depth begging to tell things to someone who will nod in memorial unified.
yes, they are gone -- in many ways
no, we remain -- with the important parts & comforts of what they were for us
...for they shall be comforted...
the twining of their memories is a healing for both of us
quite & speak, this & that
they were... we did... wouldn't they have... remember when...
tears mixed are the chemistry of grief
disconnect, but better
or so it seemed, as the sun set quietly on the ordinary day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


my spirit soared in the windless sky
unbidden by a pained breeze
too high to sweep along its current
reveling in the majesty from above.
your words of loss -- that grieving wind
rushed up & touched my wings
& i dipped low
mourning the passing
of one who helped me soar.


the moon slipped across the sky
casting a gauzy glow on night
tickling my face awake
to see its nocturnal bliss.
it stole my sleep with its beauty
pulling me into a moonbean, a dance
tune unplayed by man
& a willing partner was i
til first sun touched the east.
my rosy partner dipped to the west
out of sight beyond distant trees.
& i turned to greet the sunrise.

Friday, July 20, 2007


in the colorful, strange place
over the din of the crazy crowd,
the voice said...you must love
with a love that is whole & uncomplicated,
a love that disregards all pain.
in that moment
the crowd slipped away,
a hushed quiet surrounded what i heard
auditory heaven.
& so i loved to pain
to hurt
as i was told
because i must.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


everyone we meet
is carrying something
too fearful to share~~~
our love must see past it,
reach out a hand to lighten it
with a glance of 'all is well'
& a smile of life...
you are my neighbor


a sly smile
& twinkle of an eye...
i see you too
past the weight of your burden,
straight to the heart...
the light place where you shine