Mairzy Doats

lavender laughter filled the carrolled down windows, April 1962singing with abandon“Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy”giggling, dad and daughterboth too old to be so sillyboth savoring flickers of youth Hear the silly song my dad and I loved: Mairzy Doats, Did anyone else have fun songs they sang on … More Mairzy Doats

Divergence

A million roads divergeand I can only take oneas I am one traveler, decision Looking as far as I canI only see overgrowth in all directionsso I sigh and decide I choose family, childrenleft the stage, the greasepaintthe tutus and pointe shoes With weary bones and musclesthis is where I should bethe road taking me … More Divergence

Shot

A shotwill it takeso I can be anold woman wearinga golden shirtdancing to songssung in a languageI don’t understand I got my second vaccine today. Woo Hoo! Top image from CDC courtesy of Unsplash. Lower image from a YouTube video by Playing for Change of the song, Chan Chan.

Fullness

Tonight, I introduce myselfto the moonagainwhile she is full,glimmering on the lakeas a genial specter in nocturnal play Her fullnessmakes my sorrowsseem small I can be the tiny creature,she can be mature fullnesslet her swaddle me in her lightwrap me in her reflectionsteady my discursive thinkingwith her enlightenment This post was inspired by the Billy … More Fullness

Compassion

Compassion often immerges with weeping of the rain It can’t be rinsed away though, that truth dwells deep inside Practice lovingkindness and then yes, do it again Compassion often immerges with weeping of the rain Dancing dreams and quiet places may ease the pain Love’s not bells and flowers, it’s keeping kindness by your side … More Compassion

Whole Halves

One is a consistent fir tree, the other a cottonwood’s cycle One is a white beach in Maui, the other the park’s turtle lake One is a warm, gentle breeze, the other lightning slicing the sky One is Grey Goose vodka, the other boxed Chardonnay One is manicured bonsai, the other wild columbine Different, yet … More Whole Halves

A Cherry

Slide it whole into my mouthnibble around the pitsweet juice reddens my tongue When pit is freed, slide it outsucking as much of the tender fleshholding it by the stem Perchance if a cherry has no stemfish out the pit with fingers thatemerge stained with crimson juice Which makes my red lips smile Graphic courtesy … More A Cherry

Wild

Flowersuntamed by the lakeah, what a bouquet of joy they’d maketo springtime my kitchen in a vasebut these blossoms belong hereWild