Monday, September 25, 2017

Aquatic acrobatics

Youthful, the
Hoping for another day.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


Holding tight to
A precious possession, one
Very soon learns an
Essential lesson. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

In addition, external circumstances

Healing, for example
Of humans, is more
Likely to occur
If the cries of body, mind, and
Soul altogether are heard;
The whole is better when all  
Interconnected parts are
Considered, with empathy, from the start.

Thanks for the word, Brittany!

Friday, September 22, 2017

The celestial equator

Equal hours of day and night – a
Quilt of
Uniform darkness and light –
Invites us to
Notice twice a year the
Onset of a new season; clearly
X marks the spot between hemispheres.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Wind sketches tendrils of clouds
In the sky to inspire the
Soul of an artist
Passing by.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bready bits

Crusty little bits
Remain, scattered
Under a table, or
Maybe on a path
Back home; will they help
Save Hansel and Gretel?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Academic apprentices?

Scholars, true learners are
Those who
Understand that
Expansion of the mind does
Not depend on
The commands of outside

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The nature of giving

Some people
Have the presence of mind
And authentic ability
Really to be kind and
Extend to others generously.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

CPR training

Unable to
Nod or breathe or
React in any way, a person needs
EMS to arrive quickly to
Save the day. In helpful
Preparation, we
Observe, assess, and call
Nine-one-one and describe the
Situation. CPR
Is carefully employed, because we 
Value all life; it’s naturally to be

With thanks to Mark, our instructor, who is also an amazing storyteller.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Citrullus lanatus

Xenophiles will appreciate this
Interesting juicy fruit; familiar, and
Grown around the world, its history is as
As its roots.

With many thanks to my team members for inspiring me to find names of fruits and vegetables beginning with tricky letters.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Raucous and shrill
Is likely to
Develop ill will in
Everyone who hears it;
Not so many are going
To cheer it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cultural anthropology

Discovering an
Individual’s dissimilar ways, and
Finding them
Far from our own, can
Easily lead to a
Reactive haze,
Evoking competition. We
Need to see and to understand
That here ‘better’ has no position.

Thank you, Michell G., for emphasizing this important concept.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bending the carpenter’s square

Noting the context
Of this common word
Relates it to something, but
Maybe since frequent
Adjustments occur, our own
Lens can become, through empathy, blurred.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rescue workers

Of a lasting kind
Name those
Unknown to
Many minds, while
Encouraging all
Not to forget those
To whom we owe a debt.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Home again

And silver they
On, anxious to reach their
Natal stream to spawn.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Earth's outerwear

Laid over the entire globe,
In all its rocky glory, is
This layer of
Huge, major plates,
Of a fascinating ancient story.
Sima and sial crust materials
Play their parts magnificently,
Heaving and shifting through
Eons of force,
Reshaping the
Earth with intensity.

Thinking with love and concern for those in Mexico affected by Thursday’s earthquake and Hurricane Katia. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Bird beginnings

Enclosed in shells, embryos
Grow well, then break out in weeks,
Guided by beaks.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Chessie and Nessie, those
Reticent beings, like
Yeti and Bunyip,
They’re not seen, and
In the PNW
Dwells the simian-like
Sasquatch, as folklore tells.

Thanks for the word, Michell G.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bristling characterization

Shaggy, totally
Uncontrollable hair caused
Them to deem him crude,
Even though it wasn’t at all fair. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ediz Hook

Mounded earth spits
Out into the Strait,
Rounding a bit to form
A hook; the harbor
Is deep, a
Natural pool, cool glacial

Monday, September 4, 2017


Everyone has their moments –
Reactions, out of the blue, when
Reason, mindfulness,  
And caring seem to have flown the coop.
Take each moment for what
It is, but ever watchful be, in case the
Course changes precipitously.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Many conflicting thoughts, whether
Unspoken or shared,
Linger in the mind awhile till at
Last resolution is dared.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Over all
Of the hens, he
Struts and crows
Throughout the pen and
Eagerly pecks,
Regally, again and again.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Times two or three on the first

Repeat this
Animal name and it may in the month
Bring good luck your way,
It must be the first word uttered
That day.

Thank you, Claudia O., for this word and for inspiring me to learn what this tradition is all about. Thanks, too, for sharing the sweet memory surrounding it.

Just a side note: this might zoologically be a hare. :-) Not sure.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


From Harvey flows
Limitless water; it
Overwhelms life, an
Disaster, but resilient
Souls rise above the tide.

In honor of those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. You’re on my mind and in my heart.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Love the flavor

Saucy dancers
And spicy
Latin beats
Spritz a night with excitement –
A dazzling, musical treat.

Inspired by Tina H. and her love of dance.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Jordan almonds and little silver balls

Dragatus offered in ancient
Glazed with honey. Now
Exquisitely decorated,
Sweets cost a lot of money. 

Thanks for the word, Tina H.

Monday, August 28, 2017


Samples of
Woven woolens
Caught the designer’s eye;
He sneezed.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Breathing interrupted

Affected by low airway
Patency, a sleeper will
Not breathe
Efficiently, causing
A slumber deficiency.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Age emperor

Few –
Oh wait –
Really NO other president of
You-divided States has
Its people so extensively by such blatant
Vanity, such
Evident mistakes.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Swaying with the
Weight of her worldly possessions, she
Approached the
Gate to join the procession. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tending to fend off

Sometimes it’s hard
To accept
The covers we dive. But
Hiding, avoiding,
In actuality,
Only serve to deprive
Us of essential tools, so rise to the
Surface. Survive!

Thank you, Ostrich (aka “camel-sparrow”), for this word.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

He gives an old word a whole new meaning

Dunces and
Other dim-witted pedants
Reveal their
Basic, troubling impediment through
Ludicrous assertions;
Involving no
Scholarship is
This man's exertion.

Thanks for pointing out the site of interesting words, Gail H.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Great Blue Heron baby

Little feathered dear!
Engage all your might.
Do not fear; you’ve
Grown strong for this flight.
Let your wings
Incise the air,
Niftily lift you up to where
Gangling becomes light.

Thanks for the word, Martha A. and for showing me the nests.

Monday, August 21, 2017


Edging toward a total
Concealment of the great sun’s rays, our
Lunar friend
People to
See its
Empowerment regarding light today.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

On the move

When my spirit itches for
Adventure and I
Need to scratch, I
Drive a thousand miles or so – I
Explore in my little hatchback.
Reeling at the beauty of this amazing
Land, so much more I wish to
Understand, but gratefully, I
Sense my place in it and
That it’s a part of me.

Thanks for the word, Gail H.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fires in Montana

Summer skies
Made hazy, the sun, an
Orange-red hue, tend to
Kindle worry for folks
Evacuated anew.

I dedicate this to all the men and women who fight these fires and rescue people and pets.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Westward journey

For miles and miles down
I-90, sunflowers grow
En masse in South Dakota, their
Lovely yellow faces bright against a
Darkening backdrop

Thursday, August 17, 2017


People say “fuh” for this
Hanoian noodle dish, with beef
Or chicken – whatever they wish.

With thanks to Rose A. for the word, and much gratitude to dear Chau, of Pho Chau in Rochester, MN for all that you bring to the community.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Facing the sun

Elegantly this
Lithe being
Intuits its world;
On the sun’s cue, it
Turns in
Response for an
Position, knowing
Its magical botanical

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Kindling love
Is alimentary; cooking is
The home’s
Central activity, where
Embrace in a
Nurturing place.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Response to Charlottesville

Vapid and
Ambiguous, his words
Garnered little respect, and
Unsurpisingly were rejected – more
Evidence of his neglect.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saeculorum, Amen

Endings differ melodically when
Used in the lesser doxology
Or, as in the “Liber
Usualis,” two
Evoke for all, Peace.

Thanks for the word, Annie G., Scrabble-and-Words-With-Friends competitor extraordinaire. Also thanks to Annie's friend Martie T.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


So, what’s the latest?
Haven't you heard?
Maybe it’s for the best.
Oy! That’s the worst.
Over my dead body.
Zay gezunt!
Even if I went first…

Friday, August 11, 2017


Unflustered by the
Amount, he casually
Millions to
Show his clout.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Million dollar human

It life-like,
One with
New electromechanical parts;
In human
Context, it’s new-age

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Kombu dashi, for example

University Professor Ikeda
Mused on flavor
And found that glutamates
Made one savor the brothy taste found
In kelp.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Life bearer

Under the yoke,
Carrying water, the
Kind old woman was
Ever filling
The cups of others.

Monday, August 7, 2017


Sweet ice-cream
Under heaps of
Delicious toppings,
And luscious fudge was
Exactly the treat he dreamed of.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Boisterous burbling,
Ominous gurgling
Rise up from
Below where
Only food has been stowed, which
Rumbles along in
Your innards so long that the
Gasses and liquids, perhaps
Made by lipids,
Use that tubular way for
Singing their song.

Thank you for the fun word, Lynn F.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Pisces me

Languid walks
Along its shore and
Kayak rides I
Enjoy more and more.