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

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
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


don't try to hold still

falling leaves

Thursday, October 15, 2009

speaking in tongues

struck down by
wordless sounds

body shakes
in holy language

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
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


sand, water, my feet

dance together on the shore
perfect harmony

my haiku
washed away by waves

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


[lou reed~ perfect day]

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

light casting shadows
on the sparkling sand beneath

a pearly white glow

space between the planks


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


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


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


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


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


don't bring a full
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


coffee calls

I brave the weather

Gore-tex rules

wet drizzle

accompanies me

while walking

a pattern

of worms decorate
the sidewalk

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


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


by definition
show the shape

when I ask
about the value
of something

I'm seeking
motivation, not

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

facial parentheses

do you know

how many muscles

make a smile?

stopping this
accidental curve

not easy


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


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


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

Thursday, January 15, 2009

the riverside

staying clean
has not helped my quest

for healing

embrace then

these muddy waters

and be washed

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