Archive for the 'Poetry' Category

The Family

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Dear Mom, You shared with me the two poems you would like read at your services. I have always hoped that I would also be able to read this poem for you. With you, there was always forgiveness. Nourishment of the body and soul. Acknowledgement of despair and pain, balanced with appreciation for small treasures […]

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Mourning My Mother

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Bleeding hearts from my parents’ garden During this school-at-home time, Claire and I decided that our science will be to re-watch Cosmos, presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. She last saw it about six years ago. We watched the first episode, about the origin of the universe, and how we are star stuff. Mom loved knowledge. […]

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Hope For Spring

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

I grew up going camping all over the U.S. My parents loved camping and instilled it in me. My mother loved growing things. She was a master gardener. She had hoped to make it to see one more spring. This poem is another one she would like read at her service. Spring I said in […]

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A Message From My Mother

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

In recent conversations, Mom shared with me several poems she would love to be read at her service. Since we don’t know when that will be, due to travel restrictions and pandemic, I thought I’d share here. This is the first one. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep Do not stand at my […]

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From My Backyard

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Tis the season… “Once you taste the living truth, you are never again fooled by the imitation drink in the carton.” –Karen Maezen Miller

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Enlightenment Through a Cat

Friday, May 1st, 2015

God has come into my life. Now, don’t click away. Don’t let that word shut you down. I might not mean what you think I mean. It’s not a word I’ve used in my life for years. Stay with me while I meander through my story. This is Smokey. He’s been around a long time. […]

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Checking In

Friday, April 17th, 2015

When I feel at loose ends, sometimes I pull this series of questions out and check in. Outside my window the street sounds fade. Cool air settles on the grass and patio, bringing a gentleness with it. Distant yips and howls tell me the coyotes are roaming. I am thinking about what I just heard […]

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The Dance

Monday, January 12th, 2015

For Swap-bot, I joined a project that required writing a sestina. According to the Academy of American Poets: “The sestina follows a strict pattern of the repetition of the initial six end-words of the first stanza through the remaining five six-line stanzas, culminating in a three-line envoi. The lines may be of any length, though […]

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Rain!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Look at what we woke up to! We’re praying for much much more of it. And, from one of my favorite poets: A Rainy Morning A young woman in a wheelchair, wearing a black nylon poncho spattered with rain is pushing herself through the morning. You have seen how pianists sometimes bend forward to strike […]

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If You Ask a Zebra a Question…

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

I asked the zebra Are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes? And the zebra asked me, Or you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits? Are you noisy with quiet times? Or are you quiet with noisy times? Are you happy with some sad days? Or are […]

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