Thursday, December 31, 2015


Lingering until the end,
An old December day has
Seen the final flickers of
Two thousand fifteen.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Blow glass, throw clay
Or carve a
Wooden one; they all are
Lovely, honorable, handy, and 
Such fun.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Suspended animation?

Cheers to those years we
Had together as siblings
In our
Large family. We played and
Dreamed, but
Had no voice, no way to wonder
Out loud without
Offense; those distant
Days fed imaginations, held us in suspense.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Needle and thread

Stitches going
Every which way; what
Will be our project today?

Sunday, December 27, 2015


Dreams or snow, they sometimes
Ride before the
Force of a more
Truculent nature.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Midnight lunch

On silent
Wings they
Launch into the night,
Soundlessly grabbing a little bite.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Handed down...

The annual
Replication of
A recipe, story, or  
Is sometimes a
Indication of familial
Obligation, though each
New year might bring an unfamiliar
Song to sing.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Memorable palindrome

Even the day before a
Very special
Event has complex origins of momentous significance.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ripe moment

Seizing the day to
Another change, we
On a little spice, sowing
New seeing-ways.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Ripping open
All those
Nod thanks to all the
Gracious trees.

Monday, December 21, 2015


Regard as
Evidence of being, this
Singular, momentous
Event called
Now; it is
The best gift ever.

Sunday, December 20, 2015


Melodious mirth,
Even when short-lived,
Rejuvenates earthly souls
Ready for ever-spinning
Yin yang.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Winks in an
Night sky are tickly
Kisses for a
Little one’s

Friday, December 18, 2015


Rapidly, winter’s

This photo is three years old. While the temperature is nowhere near this, the weather has suddenly turned cold.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sound appeal

Beautiful bongs
Echo through the night;  
Lively tintinnabulation
Lifts the 
Spirits, ward off fright.

...or one might hear it with these sentiments:

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Soulfully the voice expresses
In varied frequencies the
Never ending human choice of
Good will and harmony.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Medieval intonation, words flow
Out of singing mouths,
Take the air and
Elevate it from mere breath back
To the cosmic soul. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

The home stretch...

You focus  
On mind and body, a relaxing sensation,
Guided by deep breathing
And meditation.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

'Tis the season...

Orbs of
Red and silver stars – just to
Name a few –
Embellishments that
Number among the clues about 
The season upon us that
Started in October; are we confused?

Saturday, December 12, 2015


Additionally, we heard the
Next day that he
Deferred also going that way.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Lexiconically speaking...

Indulging the
Curious mind, in
Invaluable treasure,
Of course, you will find
Nouns, verbs, etc. in
ABC order; it
Renders pleasure for the
Yen of word-hoarders.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Psychologically speaking, almost
One hundred years ago, people
Started regarding
It as
That which is constructive or good;
It earlier meant an agreement placed, from the Latin
Verb ponere traced. In attitude, it’s healthy to

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

PIE dough?

Fashioning fanciful fabrications
In time and place with
Characters planning
Their machinations
Is how writers live in
Others’ lives; they knead the
Numerous iterations.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


An indefinite article starts the alphabet!

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Ukrainian folktale, The…

Many months
In frigid places,
Tingly fingers are
Tucked in cozy spaces; if one is
Ever lost in the snow,
Nature friends will find a warm home.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Homage to the iPage

Beechwood tablets
On which were cut runes, soon branched
Out with
Karmic leaves, filling volumes in gnostic
Spaces like monasteries and libraries.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Baking traditions

Confections that induce reflections
On a certain time
Of year
Kindle noses and tickle taste buds, often
In big doses, always in good cheer. We
Enjoy and share these
Special memories with family far and near. 

Warming up the oven…

Friday, December 4, 2015


Chemiluminescence is the blue part of
A flame; there it waxes poetic as if sad about its
Name. But, be of good cheer and
Don’t despair, for there you’ll find, no doubt,
Light and hope and coziness when the
Electricity is out.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Arms crossed in PA

Pennsylvania is the
Respected center of this
Edible, bready loop.
The form has inspired
Zany songs, beach attire,
Even dance steps, and more; I
Love them with ice cream or soup.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Joy vitality = joviality

In their merriment
Ring bells, beat drums,
Toot flutes, string strums, then ask where Old King
Harry went.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It's no joke...

Sleety, then flakey, December’s
Not faking; this cold time
Of year makes it crystalline clear that the
Weather is changing. Oh dear!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Number 626

In her
Nonpareil and subtle way, she
Made a positive
Impression on
The student
Association; soon they voted her to
Be their media
Leader – unanimously. A dynamic soul, in the
End, she agreed.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

This and that

This definite article, now gender-free, does it
Help one
Embrace English more readily?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bouncing back

Resist that
Ever present urge to
Into the
Lure of defeat.
Insist that your worth, your
Nature will favorably
Compete with any dare;
Engage in repair.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Not buying it?

Spinning that wheel
Of supply and demand, the
Lords of economy the holiday spirit
Deftly command.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

United we sit

Getting together
Around a table
To express gratitude
Helps the
Eclectic family
Reveal their joint attitude.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

'Papa' in Quechua

Pulled from the soil, these
Treasures originated in the
Andes. Around  
The world they were cultivated –
Over 5,000 kinds now
Exist – and the hope is that
Starvation will not persist.

When one of my daughters was three years old, she watched our older neighbors as they knelt next to a long mound of earth, digging into it with their gloved hands. “What are you finding?” she asked. They were harvesting red potatoes. Imagine her delight.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fullness Eve

Maria-pocked, this magnetic
Orb circles the earth, stirring
Oceans and all creation while
Nurturing our imagination.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tag! You're...

Imagine the world without
This third person pronoun.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A moment caught

Memories of those we held so dear
In time might fade, but
Seeing again their innocent eyes can
Start a stream of tears.

For Glorya

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Sliding tubes, some pitched at
A, were played in
Ceremonies and for
Kings. Formed in
Brass, these 
Ur-trombones gave
Troubadours a courtly zing!

Friday, November 20, 2015


Pecuniary deprivation, the blatant
Opposite of wealth, is
Variously detrimental to
Everybody’s health. Don’t we
Really need to see
That injustice in this world of greed says
Yes! to social inequality?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

See the bird...

Walks an auk that
Keenly gawks in completely the
Wrong direction; its
Addled webbed feet find a
Riveting treat, which it gobbles without

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fossil fuel

Ages ago,
Inspired by surprising
Events of
Nature, initiated

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Relating to forms
Of long ago
Or nourishing strands underground,
They all give us words, earth-bound ancestry, and a
Sense of source that’s profound.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Local word repurposed

Delight in this
Wonderful, playful
Live, love, and
Laugh with creative esprit.

Inspired by Paul Bennett of Rochester, MN and his shop of eclectic pieces of art.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Lompe er den ikke egentlig;
Ellers kalles den flatbrød.
Flott med sukker,
Smør, og kanel, den
Er deilig til kaffen.

Gratulerer med dagen, Tove C.!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Mad brand

Not to be swayed, the
Arrogant faithful strike
Serving an invisible

Friday, November 13, 2015

One point of view

Having a lot
Of busy tasks offen
Makes me krazy.
Even tho’ I luv to learn,
Why, if a subject’s not hazey
Or doesn’t need lotz more
Review, do I hafta
Keep on thinking? ’Cuz if I don’t do it I’m scrooed!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

When in Rome...

Hearty and loved by young and
Old, this Minnesotan casserole
Takes protein, starch, and frozen beans –
Determined to still look green – and
Infuses it all with creamy canned
Soup; it’s always a
Hit, a Midwestern coup.

Inspired by attendance at a potluck.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


A song of
National fervor with
Thanks we sing today in
Honor of those who have
Encountered the worst side of
Man— to them respect we pay.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


What if? What then? can
Reality, abscond with
Rationality, so what remains for
You in the knowing now?

Monday, November 9, 2015


Wet, misty, or frozen
And hot, tepid, or cold, without
This crucial
Element our
Reality on earth would fold.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


All around us, mostly unseen,
Is an ocean of molecules in some
Regions still clean.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Preserve, pickle, season

Chili sauce, ketchup,
Or mayonnaise, just to
Name a few, will add
Delight to any dish,
If that’s what you wish to do.
Mustard, pesto,
Even tzatziki– and do
Not forget the soy– will
Tantalize your taste buds,
So try something new and enjoy!

With thanks to Kathleen, at Love From Minnesota, for the inspiration.

Friday, November 6, 2015


Beautiful friends
Remember when
On weekend nights
We’d make chocolatey
Nuggets, delightedly
Indulging in
Endless laughter, and
Saving some for times thereafter.

Thanks for the inspiration, K., L., and S.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Wandering through the woods
Every day, I
Into my curious mind and
Find that
Ever-present urge to
Search for
Treasures not
Easily gained or understood; the
Riddling trees wave limbs
In jest, revealing it
All to be one big quest.

Thank you, Helene C.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fun flies when you’re having time!

Wild, whimsical
Organizing of
Daily thoughts
Ping pong, zigzag,
Lollygag until they wind up – POP! –
As acrostics.
Yippee, hurray for each new day! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Abstruse language,
Recondite words
A mystery, sometimes absurd, the secret
Never to be revealed, the facts of the matter
Ever concealed.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Leafing through the book of seasons

Life gone, but colorful, they
Elegantly drift down in
Veritable whispers of

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Crucial exercise

This amazing mental imperative
Has remarkable gifts to give;
It can warm both mind and soul–
Naturally, two parts of a vibrant whole–
Kindling the energy it takes to live. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bad breath

Mouth, a ghastly gaping gullet, opens to
A slimy well; the voracious, bony
Wendigo, untroubled by it, really smells!

Friday, October 30, 2015


Souls departed from this life are
Troubled deeply by
Some other-worldly strife.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Grasshopper's teacher

Playfully the maven
Unstuck the young man’s mind,
Not by telling him what to
Do, but by guiding him to opine
In matters he knew thoroughly,
To speak his thoughts more mindfully.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Focusing on this
Intrinsic element, we
Respect its
Energy, we revere its light.

Take a look also at my acrostic wordplay of August 6, 2014.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

You say tomato; I say tomate

Cousin words
Of different familias
Grow up
Naturally looking
Their similar sounds
Enhance memorabilia and
So we have the German Wort ‘gleich.’

Sunday, October 25, 2015


One’s positive growth and
Longevity might well
Depend on nutrition and levity.

The word ‘old’ is among the oldest words, termed ‘ultraconserved’ words, shared by four of seven language families.

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Cared for, doted upon,
Over-indulged, they
Saw those
Spoiled lambs
Eat out of the palm of
Their hands.

Friday, October 23, 2015


Read as if
Of a
Song flow
On the air
Deftly and strong. Sing “Excellent!
Yes!” when no word is wrong.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ice cream...

Scoffing with wit, this
Quiet bit is
Ubiquitous as a filler, and if
It sparks an explosive remark, it’s
Best to be cooler, not shriller.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

And the moral of the story is…

For example, there once was
A boy who cried “Wolf!” and
Because he so often had
Lied, the townspeople did not help him;
Eventually the poor sheep died.

Inspired by a Homework Help question at Rochester Public Library.