Iteration [pantoum*]

If there was no tomorrow   No chance of success or failure It’s only today, that’s all you get What would you do with this day No chance of success, or failure Reliving the day again and again What would you do with this day If you had a chance for a redo Reliving the same day … More Iteration [pantoum*]



Rarely do we quell words that arise in the midst of pause, too often we graffiti  such a silence with meaningless talk, blurt out words without clear intentions, scar potential harmony bybabbling back and forth,back and forth But sometimes we befriend the pause, allow quiet space to open, listen for common ground expressed in silence … More Chatter

Lunar New Year 2023

Snow wraps the earth in asymphony of silenceon a windless Lunar New Year’s morning A man in a red hatwalks to the corner,frosted umbrella in hand – his mini, movable shelter The squish of his boots on fresh snowis momentarily drowned out bymallards in heated discussion abovebut they quiet on the lakeas he turns the … More Lunar New Year 2023

Receive, Release

Window of my chest opens to receive breath, breeze, memories sunlight and warmth of smiles taste of moist air before a snow cinnamon tea steam Window of my chest opens to release tension in my shoulders sighs from deep content a secret smile directed at mallards moving amidst grey clouds Window of my chest opens as … More Receive, Release

Waiting Room

Mid-January waitingfor a yellow song of sunshine,for a little light,for forsythia blooms of blessingsfor my love to get out of surgery A woman in coverallspeppered in yellow paintwaits for the hallway elevator;it opens to spill a sunburst of laughterthen little light blessings of, “Have a good day!”as three transported strangersemerge and part ways Yellow-spattered cheersilently … More Waiting Room

MEMORY – by guest poet, Penny Hackett-Evans

Tree branches remember leaves they once held. Moon remembers its path across the sky. Clouds remember what it is like to disappear. Grass remembers green and always returns to it. The pen remembers ink it once held and how that ink has turned into words. Words remember what they were before they were thought. Cup remembers the silence of being empty. Table … More MEMORY – by guest poet, Penny Hackett-Evans

Intrepid Spirit

Plant one more bulb in your gardenyou’ll be grateful in the spring Do a jaunty jig while sorting socks,meditate while folding sheets Behold the blessings that sparkle your life,be transported by tiny delights Laugh with vigor for no reason at all,daydream about dancing snowflakes Journal beyond just three morning pages,delve past the brink of beginnings … More Intrepid Spirit


When the road traveledis covered with silent snow,finding the path to followis buried in uncertainty. Who knows, though? Perhaps the journey may take a turn,leading to winter windfalls. Original version posted January 22, 2018. Photo taken at Firefighters Park in Troy, MI USA

Hibernation (Winter Solstice 2022)

On the longest night, personal reflectionhums within my private hope It’s dusk of the year,activity, not faith, lies dormantinside my hibernation,surviving on the harvestof seasons’ inspiration This foundation of renewal,unnoticed, under the surface,needs no coaxing Fertile dreams will unfoldas slowly as the lengthening of daysuntil time is ripe for creative expression Happy winter solstice to … More Hibernation (Winter Solstice 2022)