Monday, 28 September 2020

You're Invited to My Free Online Reading

Please join me for November Flowers, a free, online reading of my nature poetry at Facebook Live, Wednesday, November 25, at 7 PM PST. You can also email for a Zoom link.

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Sky Flowers

Dedicated to someone whose positive energy has inspired me for decades, my amazing uncle, Wally Harris, coming up on his 85th birthday

branches mingle into sky flowers 

a canopy of butterflies setting sail

the blossoming of talent

from a hidden cove of ideas

the work of the trunks

to manifest largely the kernel within

to dream in blends and bends of sea-green world

the magnificence and relief of standing tall

fluorescent fronds of tree fish 

swimming through phosphorescent foam

to a clear path of what we deserve to be

the mysticism of colour

the aura of the forest made tangible

ancient dragonflies, the esoteric heart of the world 

tasting creation

permission and freedom to go directly 

to where we most need and want to be

an island cocoon of love, light, safety    

in the communion of trees we learn

by steadily working   

day by day   season by season

stretching branches  

to finally flourish   brilliant

that self-actualization is for the good of all

our growth protects others

what feels right   must be

the evolution of consciousness 

mirroring meditation

Painting Leafy Lane by Jilly Watson

Saturday, 2 May 2020

After Heartbreak

maturity, perseverance
the peace and rest of marrying solitude  
sleeping with laptops and freedom
the quiescence of this second best life 
making a run for first place
the calm of pastel yellow walls
as I finally live
in the nirvana of characters
the stories I write just for me
because they are soul
yearning to be spoken

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Kernels of Light

plinking piano notes
shiver like falling stars 
spiral in a universe of twinkling atoms
patterns unveiled into galaxies
vibrations of sound into colour 
meteors prayers through time
pieces of brokenness sun within shade
pages open to light
story itself a phoenix 
rising anew from the ashes of the old 
the forgotten elevating into candescence

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Live from your Centre

Peace is how I treat myself,
including the right to maintain it,
to stay
with self, nature, focus, freedom
without interruption,
the culture of frenzy vanished
for real life 
trees outdoors harmony
chosen thoughts
like a spring crocus bursting through ice, 
roots and buds holding strong
at both ends of the spectrum.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Garden Ballerina

The pink umbrella fairy 
dances in the sun as well as the rain, 
strawberry curls at one with the wind,
her three-year-old 
arabesques and pirouettes
ever a poem 
for the soft orange cat
waiting in lavender and chives 
by the clay birdbath,
the day’s bright yellow
resurgence of permission to be.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The Softness of Autumn

I step into the day
among trees 
who quietly hold our wonder 
the questions I once sought answers to
now rest as poems
elegant in the mystery
of existence
like a soft light over the Italian countryside
an appeal to dance 
in the rhythms of nature 
restored to self 
reasonable expectations      an invitation home