to me, to you

to me, to you

I celebrate myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. These are the first three lines in Song of Myself by Walt Whitman.  His words in this poem go on to twist and turn .  If you’ve never read it, you may want to. … Continue reading

jeweled damsels

jeweled damsels

Sometimes when we think about a goal, we think it will make us feel better to reach that goal…often leading us to hold on for dear life and become fearful if something takes us off our path toward that goal. While I was painting this piece I learned that you can have a vision, a … Continue reading

Trust  in the gift.

Trust in the gift.

I’ve been reading the book The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope.  I’m only in the first section…but early on he discusses dharma…he says dharma is “the subtle interior blueprint of the soul.”  What a magical thought! He goes on to discuss: How do we know what that blueprint is? The first step … Continue reading

The Susquehanna In-Between

The Susquehanna In-Between

A heavy sky on the river today Yet she does not know it As usual her beauty doesn’t hold back She guides the fallen leaves Dropping them in perfect places Where their nutrients will help Bring us the next spring Her rusty plants soon to be trampled by the coming storm A playhouse for this … Continue reading

Summer’s Not Over

Summer’s Not Over

silly me wearing a jacket the sun beating my back quickly reminded me there was still time to soak its warm rays up the goldfinches buzzed at me too zipping and dazzling still bold black and yellow through goldenrod and asters that shined in the fading field and served troughs of nectar as bees and moths frenzied for their … Continue reading

Rest

Rest

when I closed my eyes you weren’t there anymore the suffocating knot of a mess washed away by deep courage and care breathing comes easier reawakened through rest

Happiness

Happiness

nurture your happiness the most gentle of flora surrounded by, competing with a forest of disturbance shelter it from the storms visit it in the cold nourish it after the last frost be proud of its courage to exist shine your love across its valley honor its sensitivity this is what makes you whole this … Continue reading

The Meeting

The Meeting

the floor beckoned me for a meeting like a long lost friend my aching body met its call stretching tall breathing deeply swinging gently forward remembering our connection once again a visit long overdue

With Grace

With Grace

she waits for years each coarse piece journeys from the north tumbling meandering pulled by the rapids shoved, scrubbed rubbed until rough edges shine smooth she guides them in with grace to adorn her westerly shore

Your Suitor

Your Suitor

the fairytale sits at the river’s mouth where water slips down the mountain where clouds encounter the horizon where the rapids clean your bare muddy feet where the wildflowers pick you where the skippers rest upon your hand the fairytale begins when you recall that the earth is your suitor

Cultivate

Cultivate

till your heart so deeply you cry colors of joy work the weeds of your soul gently amend each thought each story until your rolling hills run lush and gold harvest with kindness through the spectrum of the past through every season cultivate this practice with bold respect for your sacred edge

Patience Persists

Patience Persists

sitting beneath your spores of potential conspire greatly patience persists waiting not needing to know for nature knows when to nurture perfect degree perfect dampness perfect earth perfect time is here you sprout with speed you grow into the home that’s been waiting all along

Yosemite

Yosemite

who knew you existed no one could tell me until I saw beyond majestic your trees mystics on earth your peaks draw heaven closer your valley descends with strong soaking power breathless unimaginable speechless an immeasurable gift to my soul

One Mile Back

One Mile Back

memories stir unworthiness appears wanting to understand searching for an answer converse with your worth see understanding bears no resolve agree that timeworn reflection stays one mile back find your answer nowhere but right here in surrender

One Moment

One Moment

only one moment to notice breathtaking love fed by the joy of butterflies fluttering on the sweet bounty of blooms only that moment to breathe to smile to appreciate the perfection of what is on the outside to heal the inside

Potential

Potential

young minds race old minds teach strangers become acquaintances acquaintances become friends an endless view the river shows vast potential

This Afternoon

This Afternoon

jeweled damsels tango tightly for their territory of leaves along the runway of the creek big and small flies investigate and annoy tiger swallows and monarchs play in the joe-pye black juicey berries beg to be picked but the wrens yell prickly stay out of my bush

Pokeweed

Pokeweed

   snowy dangling flowers twirling round transform green to deep indigo poked fruits that local singers gladly sow in the rough fallow edges