Sunday, November 16, 2014

Being With "Morning Poem," by Mary Oliver

I was just reading aloud the  Mary Oliver poem "Morning Poem" to my husband, Karl.  It made me realize that I misspoke recently when I said I didn't like this book as well as later books. In reality, I just had not taken the time to feel it, read it, appreciate it and "be with it." I believe there is a life lesson here that I get to think more about and be with longer.

7:20a.m. Morning, Birch Lake, Minnesota

Morning Poem

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

                      Mary Oliver
                      New and Selected Poems, Vol. One, 1992

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Muse

The Muse, Nov. 10, 2014

"Images of the past came to her mind,
And her future dawned upon her.
She felt the light again and remembered-

'Live in the present moment.' "

from the poem titled: "Experience" by Jasmine Kang
FB Page Source: Women's Spiritual Poetry

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Stronger Together" for Karen

Stronger Together For Karen B., Nov. 2014


"You are surrounded by love,
By acceptance; a force-field of support.
You are strong on your own.
You are stronger together."

~ Mariann Martland~
FB Page Source: Women's Spiritual Poetry

For my dear friend Karen for whom I'm attending a Zumbathon Shake It For Scleroderma Fundraiser today.  We'll all be dancing to the zumba instructors beat to raise money and awareness about this terrible disease.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two For The Road

Two For The Road, Oct. 25, 2014


Two cameras were wanted, film and digital.
Two hats, one for him and one for her.
Two cups of coffee for the two hour drive, his black and hers white
Two pairs of mobile devices, large and small, new and old. 
Tools or toys?
Either way road trip necessities now.
Bags of groceries for her short-order style of weekend meal preparations.
Two canvas bags of handyman tools, all his, for Sunday's seasonal chores.
Four books of poetry because she wanted, no, needed her favorite poets on either side of her 
as she birthed a new poem that her friend Doug said needed to come out.  
And lastly, a blank journal and red pen to record the poem in all its messy variations.
These twosomes and more were wanted for their October road trip "up north."
For this was to be their last two glorious, end of the season fall days together 
at their Place In the Pines!

And so it was!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Reflections

Fall Reflections, Oct 24, 2014

The fall colors this time of year are truly irresistible, especially when Karl brings home a lovely table arrangement for our dining room table. 

But before it can sit too long on our table it needs to be photographed while it's still fresh.  And what doesn't finish off an arrangement better than reflective glass with some liquid in it!