Almost Forsythia

almost forsythia a little rain a little snow


imagine simmering pots of fragrant words


cabbage and beans
a garden celebration
of rustic stars


letting go letting g letting lettin lett let


Softly Quiet

The Solstice, The Hawk, The Fox and Snow

The Solstice
sun takes her longest time to rise
above the horizon and awaken – 
watch how slowly she stretches
as the tree tops blush
icycles melt and drip
the sound of light loosening.

The hawk
aware of shortened daylight
circles lower and longer
spying and snatching her prey
with quick precision
before darkening sky
and dimming sunset.

The fox too
usually able to blend
into leaf duff and forest floor
hurries now with snow cover
and vivid tracks to muzzle
under the crust for mice and moles
also scampering in snow light.

The snow 
glistens on pine and fir and ground
criss-crossed by violet-blue shadows
of pencil-thin branches
and barrels of tree trunks
softly quiet yet breathing life
yielding only to the winter sun.

The Cold Solstice
beckons to the sun
entices her undressing
out of her sheer lace nightgown
for a rendevous in the far north sky
where for one short day
her naked beauty is revealed.


December 21, 2013

Afterglow ~ NaHaiWriMo #3

Yesterday, a highly creative friend of mine, who is learning to play guitar, write songs and finding her voice, both literally and figuratively, gave her first performance yesterday at an art gallery in a nearby town that is fast becoming known for its support of artists and the arts. While writing songs and music, my friend was introduced to the abstract paintings of the artist Brenda Edwards exhibited at s.h.e gallery – a contemporary art gallery that donates ten percent of all sales to organizations that promote human equality. As it worked out, at the opening reception for Brenda’s solo show illuminata, Vicky and her band Parts Of A Whole launched her new cd Rising. The cover art for the cd was by Brenda Edwards. It was an exciting and fun event for all who attended and a time to happily cheer on Vicky who tirelessly works to support the local community of musicians, artists, poets, healers, and creatives who all have other day jobs. It was our turn to show our appreciation and to be inspired by her soulful new music and lyrics. It was also an opportunity to visit this wonderful gallery and absorb the colorful energy of Brenda’s work.

I was happy to watch this whole process unfold from the beginning and to yet again be inspired by a friend who had a vision and brought it
to fruition despite many setbacks. She showed guts, grace and gratitude. Yea Vicky!!!

At the end of the performance, Nature added her own touch of color.

snow on the road after dinner glow

ag ~ 2013