Sunday, December 31, 2017

Feeling irrepressible


Exuberance
Bubbles
Up and
Laughter
Lifts
Ill will, bringing to an
End a year of
Noxious,
Tweeted swill.




Saturday, December 30, 2017

Appreciating the...


Superb, magnificent,
Undeniably the
Best, the
Lutenist’s
Inspired performance
Mesmerized
Every guest.



Friday, December 29, 2017

The eye of the bedecked


Frivolous adornments
Regarded as garish
Indeed show
Personal
Preferences one might cherish.
Everyone certainly has the
Right to satisfy a
Yen to be a sight.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Such talk is taxing


Flapping
Lips
In
Burble
Babble, they
Earned the
Right
To join the rabble
In its incessant
Gibberish; on
Impulse, they
Boldly
Bowled over
Every  
Three- and four-leaf clover. The
Senate and House, they got their wish.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Accounts recounted


A tale originally
Not meant for every
Ear became a
Common narrative,
Declared and shared
Over the years by
Tellers who might
Elicit cheers, tears, or jeers.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Turdus migratorius


Red-breasted songbirds
On cold winter days eat
Berries by the dozens
In treetops. By the way, do
Not park your car below
Since while up there, they tend to ‘go.’














Monday, December 25, 2017

Bon appétit!


Once upon a
Yuletide white, a
Seafood
Treat was a great delight; the
Empty shells we
Returned to the sea where the gulls
Swooped down hungrily.

Thank you so much, Martha and Greg, for wonderful Christmas memories.




Sunday, December 24, 2017

Bah, humbug?


Christmas celebrations
Offer
Modern
Markets an
Ever
Ready
Cause for fiscal
Elation.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Star stories


Consider that dark indigo bowl
Of twinkling stars
Named for
Shapes and
Their legends of old
Eloquently told;
Let Ptolemy’s
List, his
Almagest,
Transport you
Into that realm
Of
Never ending
Sky studded with clues.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Originally the carrying bag itself


Myriad cards and parcels
Are wending their postal way
In all kinds of winter weather to
Land in boxes today.

A big shout-out to the women and men who handle millions of pieces of mail every day. Particularly at this time of year, those employees who work directly with the public are to be lauded for their patience and positive attitude. Many thanks to them all!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter ...


Standing still at this time
Of year, our
Lovely
Sun seems
To
Idle on its
Cosmic path, but then
Ever longer days start coming back.




Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tootling along


Weaving our way to the
End of this year, we hope the
Next one will
Deliver great cheer.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Impression


Deep or shallow
Immersion depends on one’s
Personal version.


Monday, December 18, 2017

The moment was...


Glittering, shining 
Orbs
Light up the night,
Dazzling the
Eyes with
New delight.

Thanks, Shelly and Greg S., for the fun tour of beautifully lit Golden, Colorado.




Sunday, December 17, 2017

On the other side


Boundless good
Extends to
You
Outside the bonds of
Now and here;
Dare to sense it without fear.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

En route


Though once
Regarded
As toilsome, journeys now
Vary for the adventuresome, who
Eventually will
Land with great welcome.

In honor of Shelly and Greg S. with many thanks.


Friday, December 15, 2017

End of year


Best time to
Relax, sleep in,
Exercise, these next weeks might offer
All
Kinds of surprise.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Then and now


Recalling tragic
Events, being
Mindful of the
Effects, reminds us that
Mental health issues
Befall
Everyone. On this, let’s
Reflect.


Thinking of Sandy Hook, with love and concern for all those involved and affected by this tragedy. Peace!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Arrogance


Conceit causes
One
Not to
Confess to loss;
Eventually he’ll
Deign to
Eat his own dross.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Appease


Please
Listen
And be
Calm. We will
Attend
To your
Every need.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Vernacular


Literally
A tongue,
Natively spoken, it
Gives
Utterance to
All thoughts, but
Goes just so far,
Emotions to betoken.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Console


Caring for
One who
Needs comfort from
Distress
Over the
Loss of a loved one is
Empathy; profess
Not to
Completely understand, but
Envision offering
Serenity through loving hands.




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Time flies


Zounds! Our
Existence, our days
Nearly tumble
Over each other as the
Sun rises and quickly sets,
Yet it is the same
Number of hours. Can we
Elude this sense, this power?




Friday, December 8, 2017

Unfortunate departure


Relinquishing his role, in
Embarrassment (the
Senator got caught up
In harassment) was the
Gracious way to go and he did
Need to say in
A very emphatic way
That
It’s disturbingly incongruous that
Our
Nation’s leader is himself disingenuous.




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Conflict


When will man’s
Aggression evolve to a
Reasoning session?


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Scheme


Conspiring
On a
Ludicrously high
Level of
Underhandedness to win
Shows an
Insane desperation to
Overpower a
Nation from within.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Curiously outside


So surprisingly different were
The customs of that
Realm, those newly
Arrived feared their
Neighbors wouldn’t sell them the
Grain they needed for making clothes or
Eggs they required for their repose.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Drink and be merry


Beverages are
Often
Trapped inside,
Though not for
Long, when
Eagerly imbibed.




Sunday, December 3, 2017

In pensive places


Vast
Eclectic collections of
Long-loved books
Line shelves
In shops that
Carry a scent of
History, a unique mix
Of thought, a creative
Repository.

Thank you, Gail H., for the link to some fun and fascinating words.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Relief


Cleansing the soul of
Anger and anxiety
Takes courage; we
Honor and love ourselves by
Admitting the worst,
Releasing all the
Toxins
Into a
Constant Universe.



Friday, December 1, 2017

Bad buddies


Conspiring with his
Old cronies, the
Man with
Political ties spread a
Lot of baloney – so-called
Intelligence and lies – and
Caused
Insidious divisiveness; for many, his
Tweets don’t fly.

Thank you, Dictionary.com, for your most apropos Word of the Year!



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gift


Purposefully
Opening our hearts
To give gifts of
Love –
A smile, a greeting, a
Token – helps to sustain
Community, self-respect
Held high above.

With many thanks to the Elwha Elders, teachers, students, and families for hosting this meaningful evening.




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

When in doubt, ask a ...


Lives
Immersed in
Books are
Rich indeed
And she,
Rare friend and mentor,
Instilled in me
A love for the quest and the
Need to read.


Happy Birthday, Molly Giles, wherever in the Universe you are.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tabula rasa


Not
One
Thing
Has less to
It than
None, but with room for
Growth, it can become some.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Growth


Press into the ground with
Loving hands
And feet those
Naturally-knowing seeds;
The floral being is ever so grand.






Sunday, November 26, 2017

Predatory


Ruffian raiders were
Excited to
Invade
Villages bordering Scotland and
England where many folks already endured
Rough lives; those robbers made
Savagery a common word.

I heard this word while listening to Susan Fletcher’s novel The Highland Witch.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Warm and fun


Sliding all over
On wool-
Covered feet, the laughing
Kids’
Spirits were certainly upbeat.




Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Day fun


Believing the invented
Answers true, the players
Laughed; the next one
Drew a card with
Even crazier clues,
Read the nonsense,
Declared the points,
And
Started to
Hoot on the didgeridoo. 




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Let's talk...


The Meleagris gallopavo is
Usually present this day,
Roasted, maybe stuffed,
Kind of displayed at the
Epicenter of the family feast with
Yams, green beans, and pumpkin treats.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Maritime warning


Finding their way
Out on the water when thick,
Grey mist rolls in,
Harbor boats are
Offered
Regular warnings;
Not to hear them is grim.




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blab


Bellowing out an answer, or
Letting the whole world know an
Undisclosed
Reality, is that
The way to go?


Monday, November 20, 2017

The San Juan


Somewhere
Underwater, a crew of 44 
Brave
Menacing conditions;
Atlantic storms
Render rescue a nearly
Impossible mission.
Nonetheless the world hopes the plan
Eventually comes to fruition.

In honor of, and with heartfelt thoughts for the crew of the Argentine submarine San Juan.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dignified


Newsworthy, known should be those
Of honorable living,
But their quiet integrity offers
Little sensation to people giving
Ear to the social hype of this nation.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Undignified


Scandals involving sordid behavior
Have reached
A new high of trying to mask
Malevolent past exploits;
Everyone’s been living a lie.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Just don’t call me ‘Late For Dinner’


Measured by a need to
Eat, food is prepared    
And bowls are filled;
Late comers might not be thrilled.




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Snail spinners


Some shells
Present this
Interesting twist,
Right or left
Around an axis.
Lots of different gastropods exist.




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Too soon


Despair
Engulfs her;
She sees no
Possible way
Out.
Not thinking straight, she
Decides to
End the pain.
No one understands.
Too late.

This is for Ashley Ann, a 15-year-old student, who died Monday, November 13, 2017.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Amazing aperture


Have you seen this
Orifice that can change its size? It
Lets light rays shine right through,
Especially to the back of your eyes.




Monday, November 13, 2017

Dauntless jaunt


Take the
Road, the air, the sea
In adventurous spirit and
Please, take me.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Theseus in the labyrinth


Clues, like a practical ball of thread, might
Lead someone
Eventually from a place of dread, that is,
When all is done and said.




Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thank you, Veterans!


Daring is
Essential for
Devoting years
In service to one’s
Country in spite of
All the          
Tears of
Ever-loving family trying to
Deny their fears.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Hot from the cauldron


Cook pots
Hold the
Optimum
Wonderful
Dish of
Edibles from land and
Required clams and/or fish.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lip (or tongue) service?


Can they genuinely
Orate on
New legislation when the
Gender in power
Rules over
Everything in this nation? At least it
Sounds like coming together might
Start the conversation.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tiny instruction packets


Sow, grow, harvest,
Eat;
Enjoy what
Develops from dreams
So sweet.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Put a lid on it already!


Viciously
Insulting
The equally
Unmindful
Pyongyang leader,
Every
Rational
American can see,
Threatens to
Ignite more
Violence and
Endless hostility.


Monday, November 6, 2017

The ripple effect of calm


Edging toward an
Alleviated state, and
Sharing it, helps
Everyone feel great.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Spelt like this...


From Umbria in Italy comes
A kind of hulled wheat, a
Relict crop, that’s great to eat; it’s
Really delicious, this nutritious
Option, this popular good-for-you treat!

Thanks for the great dinner, Kristinä and Jackie! And for the word.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Speaking out


Hear this passionate,
Anxious cry to
Remedy such
An ancient injustice;
See the good in
Seeking parity,
Mindful of
Everyone’s
Natural right
To dignity and fairness.


For many years I have thought the book The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler should be required high school reading. We have witnessed in the past weeks the beginning of a shift to accountability among those who have long believed they have a natural right to dominate and intimidate half of our society. The cycle of this behavior can be broken. It takes courage and determination. Power is the tool of insecure people. Compassion will ultimately rule.