Friday, March 28, 2014

Marriage ~

Marriage is an instrument 
designed to be played upon 
by twenty fingers 
which when tuned
with delicate precision 
by human love 
and empathy
is capable of exalting souls 
and moving mountains 
the music is composed by two artists
songs are sung by two mouths
and the martial concert is directed 
by two conductors 
thus the longed-for achievement 
of perfect harmony 
a delicate and calculated 
double self-sacrifice 
that from this oblation of two 
there may arise 
oneness ~ 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Deep Memories ~

Tonight I opened a treasured book
filled with memories of bygone days
and I strayed into that happy past 
remembering your 'little boy ways'
A valentine that you made for me 
holds a place on a page apart 
Ah, little boy, son of yesterday 
your valentine lives in my heart ...

You are now living in grown-up land 
yet, tonight, from the mists of time 
you are back once more, beloved son ...
here with me 
through your valentine ...

My son is now 25 years of age
Yesterday, I was looking through some of the beautiful 
keepsakes he has given me over the years 
I came across a hand-made valentine 
that I treasure greatly ...

This photo of us was taken in 2011
on a trip to Mexico ...

Friday, March 21, 2014

For You ~ Papa ~

I thought I heard your footsteps
running towards me 
disturbing the stones 
but when I opened my eyes 
I saw it was only the waves
pulling and swirling like hands ...

I thought I felt your smile 
warm and loving upon my face 
but when I opened my eyes 
I saw it was only the sun 
beaming at me across the water ...

I thought I heard you 
whisper my name 
but when I opened my eyes 
I realized it was only the wind 
playing in my hair ...

I thought I felt you
softly kiss my cheek 
but when I opened my eyes 
I saw it was only a leaf 
caressing me with gentle strokes ...

And then I felt your love 
in and all around me 
powerful yet gentle like the waves 
warm and shining like the sun 
soft yet strong like the wind 
tender and alive like the leaves 
and I didn't even have
to open my eyes 
I knew you were there ....

My papa (grandpa) was one of the kindest people 
I have ever known.
He died much too young at the age of sixty 
of a sudden heart attack.
I was only eight years of age when he left me.
I have such wonderful memories of my dear papa.
He was such a gentle and good man ...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Touch Telephone ~

Why did I call tonight?
      Not to say but to touch 
      Not to reason but to reach ...

A moment ago 
the loneliness of your absence 
brought an icy stillness 
into my lonely thoughts 
and I reached for the warmth
of your presence ...
Vibrant wires 
astir with electronic aliveness
and human yearning 
compressed miles eagerly 
until comfortingly 
I heard the sweet familiarity 
of your voice ...

the moment of your presence 
the touch of your almost-nearness 
warmed my heart
and when I replaced the phone 
the loneliness was gone ...

I so miss my dear husband when he is away from me 
and it's always so wonderful to hear his voice 
as we touch hearts across the wires.
He returns to me in a few days ....

Friday, March 14, 2014

Outside and Inside ~

I pull the curtains back to stare 
in fascination as the snow 
comes swirling, whirling down out there 
whichever way the wind might blow 
it's warm in here but only glass 
denotes the bound which cold shan't pass ...

A heavy whiteness shrouds the view 
though really there's not much to see 
some crouching shrubs, a house or two 
across the way a leafless tree 
which even as I watch displays  
a jeweled grace of icy glaze ...

I'm sure the storm has changed some plan 
that many folks made for this day 
but quite indifferent to man 
is nature when she wills to play 
and who's to say the elements 
can sense no joy in such events?

With only words I try to make 
a thing of beauty, art and grace 
while there beyond, with each snowflake 
comes still more beauty to efface 
the sordid and to paint in white 
a scene that sings of pure delight ...

This is a photo of my house, my home
(we live in a very quiet neighborhood on a cul-de-sac)
I love looking through the windows at the snow
Snow has a special beauty of all its own ...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Listener ~

I stood aside and watched a while 
the little acts that made me smile 
your doing this, your saying that 
the pleasant things you're busy at 
some little quirk and then you'd half 
begin to frown but quickly laugh ~ 

It was as though I looked into 
the lively, private world of you 
then suddenly you turned to me 
to query why so quietly 
I sat there with no word to say 
as though it was a tiring day ~ 

I hope you really understood
when I was telling you how good 
it was to see and hear and know 
that all was well with you, and so 
I'm writing now to make accord
assuring you I was not bored 
a visit's not all say and do 
it can be happy listening too ~ 

Friday, March 07, 2014

Beyond Time ~

Tonight we'll go far out to the rim of the world
beyond the long reach of this tyrant time 
I shall forget what century it is 
and only know that your hand is holding mine -

Night's spacious corridors are our's 
stars are our roof and light us as we go
the world recedes and in this timeless hour 
your love is all my world and all I know -

this  photo was taken in 2012 
on our anniversary 
we no longer have the sports car
but the magic continues on -

Monday, March 03, 2014

Security ~ (a memory of my mother)

Sometimes - such grace will touch a simple thing 
a gesture or a word it will hold
a meaning far beyond the thing itself -

At evening when the air was growing cold 
I used to watch her gather in her shawl 
in folds about her shoulder 
in a way that gave me delicate joy 
hard to define - it seemed to have some goodness to convey 
for in her was a pool of quietness 
a sure repose - untouched by any storm - 

I watched her as she gathered in her shawl 
and felt unfolded too 
and safe and warm -


I had my colonoscopy and a polyp was found.
I will get the results in a few weeks and trusting it will be benign.
I was also diagnosed with diverticulosis and shall be able to manage living with it.

I am so very thankful for all the prayers and good thoughts that came my way.
Thank you all so very much.