12.27.2016

present

Not rushing into the future
as the past seems to arrive
before I've even finished
the present.

12.18.2016

capacity

Leaves fall, rain dances,
snowflakes flurry,
falling granules of sand.
May this life be lived to capacity
before the final grain lands.

12.16.2016

resonating

He pulled on my soul
with each strum of the string.
I before him a resonating note
wanted no more than to resound
in endless melody.

12.14.2016

This life a cup
I endlessly drink
sipping, savoring, gulping
eagerly devouring its goodness
before my days consummate.

12.13.2016

Zakopane

Snow covered mountain
awash in the light of the moon
rendering our torches unnecessary
on a crisp night of crunching boots
and seamless laughter.

12.12.2016

whirl

I watched love
solemn and true
throw caution to the wind
hitch up her skirts
and whirl to life.  

11.23.2016

weave

Come sit here beside me
let's weave our dreams together
while the afternoon sun grows long.


11.21.2016

Nothing

Nothing in this world
has ever motivated me
to want to do and be more
than your gaze, your smile
the way your lashes
brush my cheek.

11.07.2016

dive


there is a future known only
to those willing to dive
into depths unknown
and swim unpredictable lengths
leaving the certainty of the present
in the quickly fading past.

11.06.2016

brought forth

With great effort
I brought you forth
into this world.
Your first cry
music to my soul.
And now I watch
as you strain
to continue this cycle
and tears fall
as together
we hear his wail.

11.05.2016

What happens

What happens if this boat leaves harbor?
What happens when I can no longer touch the shore?
What happens if we sail to places unknown?
What happens if we never come back here anymore?

11.04.2016

chords

Notes
stair step your strings
my heart.
Cords.

hold

Hold my heart
in your eyes, your smile
your hand, your laughter.
And no matter what
these days may bring
never, ever, let go!

10.30.2016

umbrella

The falling rain 
didn't fall on her,
dampen her spirits 
or break her heart.
For she sat beneath 
the sunshine
of her own umbrella.

distant places

Your familiar voice
takes me to distant places
exotic and unknown.



10.29.2016

little space

The music came strong and swift
so that she could barely
keep her breath and feet
in time with his
leaving little space
to sort through the
what if and what could be
drowning her in what was.

10.27.2016

engrossed

She was so engrossed
in living life
that she never
got around to
writing it all down.

creases

Her head rolls back with laughter
revealing creases,
decades of lines that tell of
childhood dreams,
young love and
grown up heartache all
finding peace with time.

10.23.2016

growing younger

Driving with the top down,
radio up, 
stars above,
world behind,
growing younger by the moment.

10.22.2016

taffeta leaves

While Autumn's winds
had us tugging on sweaters
and wrapping in scarves
she was busy
shedding floral baubles
and rustling taffeta leaves.


10.21.2016

humility

The winds came strong, swift
and unexpectedly
shaking fruit from the tree
until all that was left
was strong and honest and true
bearing the sweet scent of humility.

10.20.2016

eavesdropping

The moon hung lazy and low
listening in, eavesdropping,
on their conversation.
They had so much to say
and all the time in the world to say it.

10.19.2016

guitar

He found himself inside
the familiar velvet lined
leather case
guitar in hand
a pick in his teeth
and yesteryear didn't seem
so far away.

10.16.2016

fade away

Do you want to dance
a little closer
a little slower
a little longer
until this whole world
fades away.

10.15.2016

maple syrup

Early morning sun
thick as maple syrup.
Amber washing over
yesterday's transgressions.
And I am free
to begin again.

10.14.2016

My Child


When you opened your eyes
I closed mine
to a world gone senseless and wild.
I hold you closely in my arms
for you are the meaning of life
my child.

10.11.2016

linger

Spice scented sweater
rough against my cheek.
Clouds like breath linger
over this field -
empty save the crows,
cawing, calling you away.

spellbound

Your breath over me is a song
so sweet and soft and redeeming;
I don't dare open my eyes
and break this spell.

tangled

Fingers and dreams
tangled in thick, red,
tumbling hair
with no reason
to break free.

10.09.2016

weightless

Lifting lighter and higher
leaves, feathers, clouds in the sky.
We rise; we fly weightless,
limitless,
together.

Shrouded

Shrouded in ashes
gray and papery and blowing
thick and dark as the clouds
above.

10.08.2016

love

When love crowds out the chaos.
There is still pain,
there is still loss,
there is just comfort and hope
that you don't have to do this alone. 
  

10.07.2016

falling

While others were learning to fly
she was learning to fall
endlessly, fearlessly
into the grass, her future
the unknown.

10.06.2016

the train

The whistle blows
the train rolls
the steel tracks clang.
Time stands still
on this dark night
as we meet again.

10.04.2016

on her toes

Standing on her toes
she plants kisses
soft, and sweet
and fleeting
on his cheeks,
his lips, his brow.

friction

Rocking beneath your bow
a string taut with tension,
I find melodious release
in perfectly tuned fifths.
This friction my song.

10.02.2016

80s

When a closet full of
slouch socks, Jelly shoes, Swatch watches,
Pound Puppies, Trapper Keepers and Care Bears
fell into her side ponytailed, teased high bangs,
Walkman wearing, Atari playing, Lite Brite
illuminated Sunday Disney movie watching lap,
she knew it was time to put on INXS and
roll out on her roller skates like some Dot Matrix paper.

9.29.2016

submerge

Rushing down to the water's edge
to submerge myself in the ocean's water,
the earth's veil, the Narwhal's realm
for sweet rest - an endless sleep.

Cello

Drowning in notes so blue.
Your Cello an ocean deep,
a sky endless,
a hundred birds in flight,
a rare orchid bloom at night.

Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 prelude in G Major does this to for me every time!

9.27.2016

salt

The taste of salt
in my mouth
may be from tears
I have cried
all these years
I have tried
or from the sweat
of this brow
but none of that
matters now.

9.26.2016

goodness

Filling her basket with
the sweetest of fruit
and richest of treasures
that when spilled out
she will rain goodness
on all those around.

9.25.2016

organized

Gets overwhelmed at times
trying to keep the world organized
in neat rows with clean surfaces
and is wondering if
keeping her corner sane
could be enough.

9.24.2016

apologize

Your voice is raw
and I want to apologize
because I know this all hurts
so much.
But all I can do
is rock you in my arms. 

9.23.2016

unchecked

Tambourines reverberate
in a near celestial lilt
prompting heels
and mouths to lift
unchecked.

9.22.2016

stomping

Stomping out a steady beat
in indistinct circles
surrounded by those who
light my fire.
The night knows no end.

bursting

Coming up for breath,
my head breaks the surface
lungs bursting for fresh air
and I dive again.

9.20.2016

songs

Bowed over, you pluck strings
delicately as flowers
endlessly
bringing sunlit songs
to my heart.

Toes

Toes dance across the floor
half run, half bounce, all heart.

9.18.2016

star


A star spilled
from Heaven's morning sky,
fell into my arms
and called me mom.

9.16.2016

little feet

She become more watchful
of her steps
and the paths she chose
when she recognized
little feet
followed close behind.

caterpillar


Finding peace crunching leaves,
as a soft bodied caterpillar,
in anticipation of the day
the world will see
these brilliant wings unfold.

 

9.13.2016

fly

Jumping to unknown depths
without hesitation
or fear of failing
for you buoy me up
and I will not flinch.
I will fly.

rocking

Ripping strings,
knuckles on wood,
heads rocking,
we could stay here
for eternity.

9.11.2016

Swells

Swells
in this river,
this life,
this symphony;
lift me up
pull me under
overtake me.

9.08.2016

bare feet

My hand in yours;
unapologetically lost in
notes that dance from strings.
Bare feet brush the floor,
your skin.

9.06.2016

promises

Awash in the morning's light
this day is fresh,
new,
full of promises
yesterday could never keep.

9.05.2016

Cocoon

Crafting a cocoon to hold you
safe and warm until you are ready
to emerge.
Bright, brilliant and ready to take flight
into the strong winds of this world.
Until then, I will hold you tight.

9.01.2016

breath

Hold my breath
here in your outstretched hand.
Grasp it tight
for your mere presence
pulls it from me,
and I may never breathe again.



8.30.2016

beside me

Tiptoe over and take your place beside me.
Nestle in the place made for only you,
for when you are gone I am broken
and empty;
and there is no where I want to be without you.

8.29.2016

head down

head down
eyes on our feet
I am free to forget
so much
and only be
head down
eyes on our feet
swaying to this music
where my heart
longs to be
head down
eyes on our feet

8.26.2016

crisp

Air crisp as apple slices falls
reminding me of seasons to come.

8.20.2016

rival

you bring me to this place
of katydid songs and
cool pine breezes where
where only the stars above
can rival our love

8.14.2016

two years

Little boy with eyes of blue
just yesterday your life was brand new.
I held you close and rocked you to sleep
amazed that this miracle was mine to keep.

Somehow two years have swept through
days of smiles, and tears and holding you.
I keep thinking time will slow down,
take a break, give us time before your grown.
But it seems intent on racing away
as you work so hard at play.

So forgive me as I pull you near
and smell your skin and kiss you dear.
As you learn and grow, try and do,
know that you carry my heart with you.

8.11.2016

Step over me. Slip your toes
into the water that beckons from below
drawing you languidly
from yourself, closer to me.

8.08.2016

Secured

Willing my heart to secure
for a lifetime the scent
of your hair, your breath, your skin
the light reflected in your eyes
and the way you cling to me.

There may be a someday when
time and space and life will take
you far from me,
but forever these precious moments
will be safe,
secured innocence within me.

7.07.2016

Breath deep. Breath strong.
Breath sweet. Breath long.
For tomorrow is not promised
and today may be all we have
to hold on to one another.
So place your hand in mine;
fall into my arms.
Don't rush away.
If only for today,
stay.

6.30.2016

blooms

Long after the flowers have faded
your love
still blooms in my heart.

6.20.2016

melody

You, like a familiar song,
stir up a melody with
recognized down beats,
and I start to hum along
in unrehearsed measures.

6.17.2016

shelter

Realizing her umbrella
is so much bigger than she'll ever need
because it was meant
to shelter others as well.

6.12.2016

just be

Every once in a while
my breath catches in my throat
as I see how far I've yet to go
and how much I've still to do.
Then you hold me
reminding me to
breathe;
there's so much to just be.

6.09.2016

stand

Brow to brow
we lean in,
these moments long
and solemn.
Yet we stand
by the strength found
in the force of another.

6.02.2016

Harpsichord

Harpsichord and strings
draw me in.
A swirl of satin,
your breath on my neck,
in a twirl I am 
transported.

5.30.2016

Bugle

The gleaming bugle played 
notes bright and strong and purposeful.
My heart, though weighted 
with the sacrifice of each key,
lifted with hands raised in salute.

5.25.2016

drum

Your fingers drum
across my skin
a rhythm growing stronger
with each year -
each encounter.
Stay steady my tempo;
my heart's beat.

5.23.2016

Choose me!

Choose me!
Hands raised high,
smiles wide,
running until our sides hurt.
Laughing until we collapse
in the sunshine and simplicity
of our youth. 

5.12.2016

fly

Said the fly to the spider,
"Come and spin your silk
around me.
I am not struggling. I am inviting.
Drink from me;
for I
am bound with you."

5.06.2016

Bourbon

Your hand
tips the glass that
spills the amber colored,
toasted oak scented, liquid from
my glass and
all I can do is laugh!

5.02.2016

indigo

With an exhale,
the sun slid behind silhouetted trees
leaving fuchsia contrails against indigo skies.

4.29.2016

keeper

I once dreamed
of being a dancer, a doctor a world traveler.
I once dreamed
of being famous, a celebrity, an artist.
I  once dreamed
of being a king, a soldier, a hero.
Then I grew up, and beyond my wildest dreams
became a mother - a keeper of innocence
and dreams.

4.26.2016

familiar

So familiar
your hand on mine,
this afternoon sun,
the continuity of our community.
A younger version of me
would have seen monotony and boredom
where I now see comfort and tradition.
So thankful to be in a safe and familiar place.

4.23.2016

day

With the breath of a flute
dawn breaks over the horizon
warm, smooth, rising.
Upon the blast of a trumpet
it embarks over the trees
heralding this new day.
It will never be, can never be again
and so we take in as many notes as we can
before dusk escapes on the low mournful
notes of the cello.

4.15.2016

indelible

life's pen dips into ink
drawing distinct lines
delicate loops
bold flourishes
indelible stories

3.25.2016

piano

Striking notes,
hammers fall,
releasing strings
resonating life.
Forte.

3.14.2016

remain

Thunder rolls across the sky
your fingers across my back.
Rain pounds against the roof
my heart within my chest.
Wind tugs at the curtains
through open window panes.
You and I, here in the dark,
remain. 

2.28.2016

home

where will you run
where will you go
where will you be found
when will you know
you are there
you belong

you are finally home

2.27.2016

be careful

rocks
make fences
break through fences

bricks
build walls
destroy walls

sticks
compose doors
batter down doors

words
lift souls
tear apart souls

be careful hand
be careful mouth

2.16.2016

mindful

She walks a fine line
between caring and carefree;
lost in the moment
yet mindful of the time.



2.11.2016

provincial

Was she too provincial
her hair undone;
bare feet
running free
in the afternoon sun?

1.14.2016

wings

her wings were
paper and ink
on which she flew
effortlessly over the horizon

1.09.2016

rusty fences

once when rusty fences
broken glass and scabs
were not things to avoid
but rather backdrops for
an adventurous childhood