Thursday, August 28, 2014

Late Night Treat

Late night treat

If it doesn’t gush out
It’s not blood
Or true

Is it bloody false?

If it doesn’t kill you
It’s not horrible
Or painful

Is it horribly beautiful?

Can we mince words like meat
And get something no one will eat?

Do words get all sweet and sour in your mind
But taste funny on your tongue?

Is figurative dance an aphrodisiac?
Or an act of defiance
By those who don’t dance, thank you very much.

What does it make me if I’d rather make up words
Than my face?
Rather play with words than drugstore dreams?

Can we sleep on it or
Do you get in your bed while I seem to float above mine
Testing deeper shores of metaphor and rhyme

Reason always seems to arrive
Before turning on my coffee pot in the morning

But then again I can be terribly polite
In my
Caffeinated state

Feed me words for breakfast
And watch me soar

Monday, August 25, 2014



The wind is unrelenting in its
Blowing into each open window
Like it belongs among the
Dust and debris
Of my half packed house

It feels urgent that i
Stand firm
Bending like a tree
Stay on the path
But accept the resistance
That I keep facing

To be present
Experience the swirling chaos
And the calm centre

To start moving forward
Aware of what’s holding me

Not regretting change
Or chance
Feeling momentum building
But keeping daily tasks going
At a steady pace

Load the washer
Clean the dishes
Dust the mirror

Reflect only on what I can
See in front of me
In me

It’s hard to see forever
With your eyes shut

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I'm Not Stuck in a Poem

I’m not stuck in a poem

I’m stuck in a life
That tried to
Build a house with
A fence
Leaving the poems

When I opened the
And the dust
It was the poetry
That came beaming
In with the sun

Monday, August 18, 2014

He Asked Her On a Date

He asked her on a date

Even the question
Came out foreign
A phrase he rarely spoke

Like a wonderful exotic
Magical expedition
Had been proposed

She had not gone out
In years
Before children had slept in her bed

More surprised that
He wanted to be seen in
Public with
Her again

Than that she saw
This small moment
To say yes
Greet her like a horizon
At the end of a long

Glances echoed off their
Hands and thumbs played
Lap games
Eager not to disappoint the other

The next morning
After some weak
Peppermint tea
She thinks she’s finally
Ready to

Saturday, August 16, 2014



The rhythmic, pounding
Pulls out of me

What years of
Never could

I have become undone
In another world

Birthed into being

By sound

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I See You Sleeping

I see you sleeping
and want more than anything
To colour your dreams happy
To remove the harsh looks and words from our morning
To wet your cheek one more time with my kisses
To touch your scalp naked against my palm
To remember how precious you are
When you swallow every gesture of mine with blind faith
And grow up
In spite of me

Monday, August 11, 2014

Eight Haiku: Steps to Freedom

Eight haiku: Steps to Freedom

Tight fit for my grief
Words spoken, eyes averted
I got canned today

Foible future fears
Relax, it’s all in right time
Perfect time for pie

Empty space fills quick
Rubble and regret fall down
To keep me human

Light lighter than air
Escapes from my lungs on fire
Words burn on the page

Enough is enough
Leave your umbrella at home
Let the sky fall down

Keep the words coming
Nothing left to lose at all
Gain some peace instead

Provoke poems out
You know you can taste them now
Dripping from your heart

See past the mountain
Follow the stars and the birds

the way is clear now

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ease at the Moment

Ease at the moment
Feels like
Creating a linoblock print

Narrow cuts
Angular and separate
Each surrounded by just enough space
To form a cohesive image

One slip
In any direction
Can distort the purpose
Destroy clarity
Blur the final product

Ease at the moment
Feels like thick ink
Waiting to be pressed into service
Heavy with anticipation
Anxious about when the fated act will happen
If it will hurt
If losing some of itself to a greater purpose
Makes the mess easier to clean up

Ease at the moment
Feels like the blank page
Radiant with longing
Beaming its intentions out into the studio
Knowing the artist can sense its presence
Aware that soon its purpose will be fulfilled
Grateful at the opportunity to serve
To display and uplift a vision greater than itself

Ease at the moment
Takes me to the bottom of the page
To the end of this poem
Past the moment of doubt and
Into the fulfillment of creation
And back into the calm
Of knowing

I am at
Ease in


Monday, August 4, 2014

Ease Your Soul/Dusting Duties

Elude the dark small talk

enter the light
entrance the one who waits
listening to the words still wet on your tongue

elongate your vision
ease your soul onto the sofa
drink tea and hold hands

envision more for yourself
than dirty dishes in the sink
and what to make for dinner

embrace the possibility that
they expect more from you
than clean clothes
and a full lunch box

you are being watched
for what you bring into the room
their lives
the smiles and tears

staying close to hear their fears
standing by when they want to be alone
keeping the lines open

Love leads
grace dances
life heals

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Begin Again

Begin again
In the spiral of nothingness
To gravitate
To grieve
To gratify the immortals
To be guided towards greatness by the whisper of the wind
To wallow thoroughly in your humanness
To dig your knees deep into the ground

Begin again
At the altar or pew
In dark, the dusk, the candlelight will do

Begin again
To feel the ground beneath your feet
To smell the sea in the air
To see your breath through the tears
To remember that once again
To begin again
You must sense the timing and the meaning

We stumble onto our knees
Desperate to be released from our own stubbornness
Our pride – the last ditch effort to outdo the universe
Thinking only we can provide control and collide

The ground is hard and comforting
A railing – perhaps a tree or a bed – holds us up
Through the night we ache
To be nature – natural again
To feel with our senses the sensual pattern of nature
The ebb and flow of knowingness – willingness
To turn with the tide instead of against it

To breathe in the air instead of trying to keep it out of our lungs
To escape into the dark – to find meaning here in the silence and
Imagery of the soul

Earth longing for herself within the willing spirit of a mortal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cosmic Relations

Cosmic Relations

The biggest blessing
The biggest burden
Pour out of his mouth

Every path leads out of town
Homes float on their foundations
The sky has been liquid turmoil
For days

The weirdest taste of
I’ve ever had
Fills every cell in my body

The world smells like
Potential unfurling
Each breath caught
In my chest
Releases a longing
Not yet met

Sadness is washed away
In the storm
Of a life lived
Inside a heavy cloud

When Venus kisses
The sun tonight
I can watch
in sync with the
Signs no one can confirm

once in a lifetime events
In a week
Must be something to this thing called

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cheating Time

cheating time and circumstance
she finds some old poems

still containing Real

words spilled from her heart
to the page
distilling essence to be shared

she decides in her own favour
makes a request - a veto
and dissolves the pressure
of a deadline

the party starts
everyone knows the right song to sing

the way to feel in this moment

she extends herself
stretches the window open
to let the butterflies escape

birds cheer at her discoveries
light fills the room

she puts on another pot of coffee
and races back to the attic

there must be more where

that came from 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Before Eating Lunch

before eating lunch

as the end draws near
she feels relief
that finally what she thought
was true, buried beneath
waves and piles of ‘woe is me’

there is a girl

who still has her feet in the ocean
looking up at hidden stars
in broad daylight
arms outstretched
embracing her immortality
amid strangers on a coastline
before eating lunch
one day in late July

she held onto that
the knowing
through years of storms
and currents that pushed and
pulled on the milky threads
trying to untangle her from
all the greatness and guidance
flowing through her spirit

she opens her eyes and sees once again
the great ships waiting in the horizon
the colorful pebbles beneath her feet
birds circling with wisdom
light surrounding her
lifting the sand from her eyes

revealing her Delighted Essence

just in time

{June 2012}

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cleaning House

Cleaning House

I feel like
If I keep starting at the front of the house
Over and over
Seeking out cobwebs and weeds
Clearing clutter
Reorganizing found objects
I will never be done
Never see the backyard and all the
That’s piled up
While I was making my face

Look pretty

Monday, July 21, 2014

Caffeinated States

Caffeinated states
Arouse strange suspicions
Paranoia at 10 am is a perfectly insane example
The coffee perks up possibilities of sabotage and missing keys
Of sudden jerky displays of bodily mismanagement

Caffeinated states
Push through the dull ache of lectures and afternoon naptime
Rushing our senses through the mushy fog of dehydration and the need for a chunk of fruit

We flock to the headquarters on each corner
Bruising bumpers and cracking cars open on occasion
It’s all a blur in our
Caffeinated states
The urgency to refill, remove the void of clarity and conscious choice from our grey matter

We joke about it at the water cooler
With mugs and takeout cups substituting for the real thing
Anxious to fit in, say the right things, get the right combination of cream and sugar for the boss

Caffeinated states start young
Take our agile minds and warp them into a laboratory rat’s learned response
We filter nothing
Buy the cheapest grinds
Use any water we can find
Take it all for granted
Are offended by the time it takes to brew another cup
To keep our
Caffeinated states
Brewing through another busy day.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Yearn for Yourself

A mind struggling to find logic
The SPIRIT saying
Let It Be
The body caught between
Emoting thought and wholeness
Beneath the appearance of separate

All reflect and are each other
No thought is alone

We are not alone with our thoughts
They come to One from the Many
It is our desire to stand out
Beyond the crowd that
separates us
From ourselves
Denies our true nature
As one uni

a song of ONE for ONE
one song is all there is
is all we are

you and I are not different
we belong

Yearn for yourself
Sing to the moon
Be warmed by the sun
Ease into the chorus
Embrace the melody

We are one

{May 2012}

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Body Break

Body Break

It’s like gathering the sounds
Tucking your necessities into a
Car and escaping the hum
The buzz and chatter of
Electrically operated machines
And gadgets

Long enough to hear the
Pulse again
To remember and realize
Its humbling
Nurturing -
Effects on your soul

As you breathe in the crisp air
Right off the lake
Sense the elements piling
Themselves into your skin
In microbial bits of dust and ash

As you feel life flow into you
And mingle
With the fresh air and cold beer
You begin to reimagine
Your nature
Your place in nature
The natural place for you

In the vacation paradise
Of earth
Your destination for
Soul searching adventures

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Polite Thank You

A Polite Thank You

In a girlish little voice
The woman still
At the response
To her voice
Her vision
Alive in the world

Despite -
In respite -
Of all her silent, unsung
Girlhood dreams
Lost, abandoned
Crushed on the other shore

The woman consents to acknowledge her reality

{after listening to Sarah McLachlan on youtube. . .}

Saturday, July 12, 2014

8 Years From Now

8 years from now

I could be singing in the choir
Of modern angels
Doing real work
On the earth

I could be writing my soul
On cave walls
On dining room tables
On people

I could be crying
Alone and with others
my heart wide open

I could be quilting
Fusing fabrics and
Colors and love
In a tizzy of joy

I could be laughing
With friends
My growing children
My life mate
All the way home

I could be me

I could be
Working it all out
my real live Technicolor dreams


Inspired by this lovely blog post by Leonie Dawson

{May 31, 2012}

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Birds and I

Over and over
The robin reminds me to
Tend my nest
Weave the words
Be ready be joyful