Monday, December 21, 2009

under construction


some things are ending
and others just beginning
the wheel keeps turning

boxes filled and emptied
open arms five blocks away
a new vista waits

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

seasonal verbs

when the blizzard hits
torporeal* sluggishness

and denning* sound good


warning: keep
some water & food

stashed in car


steam rises
sweet hot chocolate

and sprinkles



(*nods to my friend Kathy)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

why only one day?


happiness lives where
gratitude for all that is
is expressed fully

why only one day?
searching for my abundance
I see it right here!

smells and memories
of savage past indulgence
tasty little lies

reconcile the past
with over indulgence now
I'm so full of it



Saturday, November 21, 2009

missing the trends


fashion designers
generally aren't so shy
they hang it all out

one season is all
(or maybe just one day) and
then it moves along

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

no more schemes



no more schemes
just look at what is
and see it

what unfolds
in the space between
illusions?


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

don't blink


sometimes I
must move so quickly
or miss it

gray branches
waved a pink shadow
on the ground

brush strokes fluttering
images flicker, dance, and
evaporate- poof!

open your eyes now
beauty is all around you
be careful, don't blink

Monday, November 16, 2009

control issues



there are muscles and

there are some other muscles
my brain's the biggest

exercise them all
find your freedom and power
control yourself girl


Thursday, November 12, 2009

the meaning of pink




I was wearing pink
by happenstance last night and
still they gave me more

ribbons emblazoned on
suit coats, shoes & KitchenAids
profits show we care

racing for a cure
is the profit line pink too?
yes, I love my breasts

use a pink trash bin?
it is still full of garbage
marketing disease
 
would you like to help?
don't use without permission
pink is property


Monday, November 9, 2009

sibling rivalry


sibling rivalry
has always been a problem
in my family

jealous of the brush
the cat rubs against my leg
eyes the empty dish

Sunday, November 1, 2009

fear of landmines



avoiding land mines
what is non-negotiable?
it's all up to me

do not draw the line
unless you're willing to play
this is scary stuff


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

bedazzled by sound




spirit filled voices
harmonizing sisterhoods

of sacred vessels

bedazzled by sound
voices soar in ecstasy
give it up for god

what would it be like
to find everything in song?

no thing left behind


Sunday, October 25, 2009

5 things I love- (I don't normally play these games)

I've been tagged again
and only do it for y
ou
consider it done

creating haiku
these seventeen syllables
dancing through my soul


the feel of fresh wind
caressing my whole body
pedaling like the wind

floating in the lake
remembering my own birth
at one with water

sharing the kitchen
I'll chop, you add some spices
we'll cook a great meal

opening focus
to find the last puzzle piece
solving mysteries

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

all bets are off


an invitation
for those who don't feel this love:
start spinning right now

come on in
just open your mouth
and say hoo!

dervish foot
toe finds the center
turn from there

borders dissolving
no more winners or losers
all bets are off then!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

letting go



trees shimmy

orange showers down

letting go


un-attached

don't try to hold still

falling leaves


Thursday, October 15, 2009

speaking in tongues


struck down by
glossolalia
wordless sounds

body shakes
in holy language
understand?

pentecost-
gift of spirit, or
devil's tongue?

Monday, October 12, 2009

who chases who?

two kittens perform
a ferocious circus act
in the living room

chased by change

tumbling in laughter
it's all good*

(with thanks to Devika)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

break out

everywhere I turn
the Universe is teaching
therefore I must learn!

explosions of light
rearrange the molecules
is it really changed?

one minute soaring
then stumbling towards despair
take off those high heels

Friday, October 9, 2009

some heart


I'm celebrating
my daughter's marriage today
now there was some heart!


a goddess and god
stood before us spilling joy
the cup overflowed

Thursday, October 8, 2009

bridging the gap


even in union

there will always be a space

which cannot be crossed


remember we are
mostly made of energy

balls of light in flight


(with thanks to Rilke)



Wednesday, September 30, 2009

lesser tyrannies


kitty and squirrel

have made friends in the driveway

see how they frolic


one tail is bushy
the other a silky swish

tumbling in gravel


lesser tyrannies

are cropping up between them

who gets the puddle?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

requiem for a mouse



he cannot resist
the lure of peanut butter

my small opponent


music to my ears
the snap of a wooden trap

soft gray silky fur


his face is so cute
too bad he poops everywhere

a mouse dies tonight

Thursday, September 17, 2009

the flower and I



see how the flower
bending toward the morning light
sparkles with dew drops

please stop noticing
these vulnerable longings
all over my face


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

while running


pinatas for sale
candy-filled papier mache

hanging on a porch


just before daybreak
a star whispers to the moon
you have tipped over

cool wet grass bending
under my new running shoes
I kick my heels up

Thursday, September 10, 2009

morning sky



bird songs competing
with the roar of morning cars

who will win the race?


damp gravel crunches

my shoes get coated by dew

morning smells so fresh


pale sky glows so white

sun peeks around a building

here comes the blue now




Tuesday, September 1, 2009



sometimes my
imagination
doesn't work

Monday, August 24, 2009

not waiting



go one step further
making silence quieter

feel space between words



Sunday, August 23, 2009

spiritual appliances



language as tool
spiritual appliance

brings transformation



losers understand
we can't escape the mad world

why not cackle?

a thousand desires



she wants many things
wrangles with desires and

puts space around them

why resist feeling?
be overcome with longing

dissolve into love


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

trying to see


maybe I'm afraid
that it won't be what I thought
if I look closely

scales fall from my eyes
beauty of the morning light
I thought it was night

keep trying to see
something that is just not there
that's pretty silly

Sunday, August 9, 2009

a temporary sidetrack into politics


behind that smile a

very dangerous woman
stirring up trouble

not afraid to quit
too bad she ever started
Alaskans were duped

phony patriot
so full of contradictions
wave that flag some more

expensive wardrobe

somehow seems perfect for a
political whore

I hear an echo
hello!! anybody in there?
Sarah's empty head

the best thing she did
was provide beat poetry
for Shatner to read

Thursday, August 6, 2009

ghost in the machine



grind, hiss, whirr
computer sings a
death rattle

but whose is that voice
is it the ghost of bill gates
crying for more ram?

please back it up now
tiny stick can hold so much
precious data saved

Sunday, July 26, 2009

nothing out of place



the poppy
has nothing to prove
me neither




once again
saved by second wind
pedal on




taken by surprise
single bright red bloom roadside
one nodding poppy




nothing out of place
exquisite imperfection
each weed a flower

Saturday, July 25, 2009

inescapable information



no matter how it turns
the compass needle finds home
by pointing at me


I may twist and turn
roll from side to side but still
my bed has one groove



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

can't carry it with me





castles made of sand
precariously balanced

all things wash away



castles in the sky
wheelbarrows full of nothing

light, color, and thought



Friday, July 3, 2009

petals viewed pedaling



three tender petals
celebration of purple
when blue and red meet




come closer

says roadside beauty

have a peek





center is here now
sometimes it's way over there

simply perspective




rickety old web
still managed to catch a fly

imperfection works



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

riding through a rainbow of scent


ew! my nose wrinkles

the swamp is beautiful but

it's a bit smelly


pedaling through pink

lungs fill with scent of roses

a heady fragrance


just beyond the fence

swishing tails waft towards me

a whiff of horses


one last hill to climb

after the rain, fresh green breeze

cleanest scent around



Thursday, June 25, 2009

how did my
fingernail get caught

in the sky?


golden glow

a sliver of moon

setting low

Sunday, June 21, 2009


cosmic goo
has struck once again

now I'm stuck


silken hair
braided together

becomes strong



listen now:
where you lay your head

that's my home

Tuesday, June 16, 2009



hey there, cottonwood
up to your armpits in sand

water finds your roots

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

light movements



look into the light
it spills over the green earth
nothing blocks its path






history of stones
once again the turning path
beckons waking wombs






climb baby spiders!
it's a race to see who wins
a spot at the top




Friday, June 5, 2009

Venus in Aries



Venus in Aries

probably just an excuse
trail of broken hearts

god threw the planets
they scatter like bright marbles
and fall into place


Sunday, May 31, 2009

no other choice


is this devotion
?
without a care in the world

the bird sings its song


Friday, May 29, 2009

happy to be here



just another day
ordinary in its charm
and oh so perfect

another journey
three hundred sixty-five days
dance around the sun


Monday, May 25, 2009

perfection


sand, water, my feet

dance together on the shore
perfect harmony

my haiku
washed away by waves
perfection!

somehow in nature
I feel perfection expressed
and don't resist it

waves leave lines
art need not be made
yet it calls

marine blue sparkles
cross currents celebrating
a gorgeous palette

wrongness is
in the eye of the

beholder


[lou reed~ perfect day]

Wednesday, May 20, 2009



light casting shadows
on the sparkling sand beneath

a pearly white glow






imagine
space between the planks

expanding




Tuesday, May 19, 2009

pay attention now



what a difference
a week of sunshine can make

so many new greens


seasons unending
delays only imagined
progress is assured

the iris says
see my gorgeous hue?
have a sniff


Sunday, May 17, 2009



while I was driving
surely I had some haiku thoughts
but now they are gone



forces of nature


shocked awake by light
while pleading with thunderstorms
illusions shattered

Thursday, May 14, 2009



spring beauties
tender pink cups with
striped petals




shy wild oats
teased me with longing
I see you

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

a day late...



hey I just noticed

cinco de mayo passed me
no margarita

Saturday, May 2, 2009



small things
pushing up mountains

act on faith





cheerful blooms
sprinkled in the lawn

they taste sweet




stamens arch
contrast against the

bright color



Monday, April 27, 2009

free as a bird

a blessing or curse
it's all about perspective

notice the options


open the window

let in fresh air this morning

the breeze caresses me


bluebirds are singing

their song is a blessed sound

or just annoying

Friday, April 24, 2009

devlish angels wave

.
.
stop looking outside
the answers all are within
time to save yourself

the treasure of you!
those devilish angels notice
and merrily wave

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

fundraising haiku



fund raising poems
these enticing syllables
get us to the goal

rather like haiku
yes there is a formula
for reaching success

first gather the troops
get hearts and minds united
then go out and ask

building a campaign
or building a new clinic
like building haiku

the steps of process
a kitchen ready for work
we'll need clean counters


Monday, April 6, 2009

messages



sea foam on the shore
bubbles hiss pop and sparkle

energy recedes





symbols reaching high
santuario of prayers

lighted messages





hold the pause
and thread the needle
find the way



Wednesday, April 1, 2009

walkabout













monkey boys
showing off for me

climbing trees




water drop
in levitation
a nice view



Saturday, March 28, 2009

zen noir



I see how it is

tea, women & oranges
best weapons ever



Friday, March 27, 2009

wait-less

look at how he swims!
the happiest little frog
knows not to worry

anchors a-wait-less
floating free without a care
this is how to fly

stop your holding on
he who would live happily
changes frequently

Tuesday, March 17, 2009



for that highest price
perhaps, on a hill with you
magic could happen


young boy runs
coat flapping open
signs of spring


celebrate movement
the sheer joy of this weather
arms & legs pumping


breathe it in
awash in sunshine
sparkle on

Sunday, March 15, 2009

signs of spring



seats await tourists
the sun's angle is shifting

winter purified




pre-spring colors glow

branches tipped with hopeful sap
leaves and fruit to come




come close to
this stored power
can you see?



day lilies
start small and rise up

imagine

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I swear to live




sooner or later
every curse is a prayer
a grand irony

in the center of
my bitterness a small seed
sweetness lies in wait

die to this moment
dive into the deepest void
in order to live


Thursday, March 12, 2009



there is too much noise
rattling around in me
buzzing of stories

unhook the harness
stop holding it all back now
let the beast roam free

wander in the field
there must be something alive
new green shoots of grass

I chew thoughtfully
attempting to rid my self
of all false stories

ray of light



bring them to the light
these hidden motivations
look but do not judge

there's really no rush
but everyone still hurries
slow the moment down

prismatic essence
rays angle and reflect love
even when I hide


Sunday, March 8, 2009

reversal



don't bring a full
glass
to the mountain of knowledge
catch the better view

Thursday, March 5, 2009

rocky mountain high



cheery red berries
wrinkled by winter's ravage

one points up, one down





I think the tree sees
slowly and with purity

patience is its crown





lichen grips the stone
but it seems like a sea shell

misplaced on dry land






glorious breakfast view
coffee tasted much better

when sipped on your couch

Monday, March 2, 2009





holding you tightly

this moment of noticing
squeezing out our tears

exquisite sunlight
spears through the clouds so brightly
unexpected warmth


Saturday, February 28, 2009

what a drag




what slows me down more?

the wind caused by my running
or hiding roadside?

pulled into my lungs
air movement forced by suction
might not work the best

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

drizzle



coffee calls

I brave the weather

Gore-tex rules



wet drizzle

accompanies me

while walking



a pattern

of worms decorate
s
the sidewalk


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

damp



greeting the

unfamiliar greens

of Portland


look closely

there's a universe

in the moss


shiny crows

ignore me as they

peck at grass


the sky spits
shades of silver gray

now I'm damp

Monday, February 23, 2009

falling water


laughing white water
rushing down the slick black gorge
what's your hurry friend?

lace draped over green
a table cloth in motion
dancing in the wind



Saturday, February 21, 2009

feeling for the edges



boundaries

by definition
show the shape

when I ask
about the value
of something

I'm seeking
motivation, not
rebelling

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

facial parentheses


do you know

how many muscles

make a smile?

stopping this
accidental curve

not easy


expressions

finding their own groove

on my face


map of the

adventures and

places I've been



(click for musical inspiration
)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

just for a moment



wild wild heart
show me other options
lost and found

broken glass
neither half empty
nor half full

notice now
explode the question
throw it out


.

Friday, February 13, 2009



what would happen if
I put all my shoes away?
obstacle course gone!

who can clear the path
but the one who wants to hike?
the trail is open


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

heart full of light


half-hearted no more
visions fade, reassemble
inside the spotlight



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

the moon laughed


last night the moon laughed
even the clouds cannot hide
her glowing beauty

smoke signals or steam
mist rises from my coffee
enticing message

Monday, February 9, 2009



seeking my
personal legend
I aim high




Thursday, February 5, 2009



an ice age retreats
revealing hopeful lichen

spring is on the way




Wednesday, February 4, 2009

puzzling evidence



puzzling evidence

colors mix and match
peeling bark tells a story

edges fit together



this map of the world

reveals hidden mysteries

continents collide


Monday, February 2, 2009

progress bar



something about when
I'm nestled in a time line...
progress is measured

counting grains of sand
how many will be needed
to build that castle?

keep looking ahead
and you'll miss the fun of now
horizons can wait


Saturday, January 31, 2009

it's so comfrey

(comfrey)

we all need someplace
to feel the comforts of home
it's probably within

nature's healing salve
will bind all imagined wounds
and the real ones too


Monday, January 26, 2009



what do women want?
though I would not speak for all
we have common ground

the Earth is fertile
mysterious and layered
explore it gently



Saturday, January 24, 2009




water droplets form

on the shower wall, on me
practice writing there

I try out the words
caressed by truth condensing
let them fall like rain




Thursday, January 22, 2009

intolerant




they may seem kind, but
charity and tolerance
can be heartbreaking



Sunday, January 18, 2009

root veggies






sacred red spirals
delicious fruit of the earth

color me crimson



if I eat all those
sweet and spicy ginger beets

my poop will be red

flicker or flame




no matter
a flicker or flame

it's all fire


divide then
multiply the light
unify





Thursday, January 15, 2009

the riverside



staying clean
has not helped my quest

for healing


embrace then

these muddy waters

and be washed


un-shoulder
the weight of the world

it's not yours

Monday, January 12, 2009

princess quinn






curled on ornate cloth
regal decoration rules
with her tone of voice
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