to nesting

vtI heard you play and sing today,


been too long

Now slender fingers caress the keys of  grandma’s piano.

your voice so sweet

my youngest bird

soaring with those high notes

we both time travel

brief moments to memories.

Yesterday was laughter

calling wayward  dogs

home from the woods

finding the perfect  gift in a  shop

now we say our goodbyes

and hold each other tightly


soon the chill will bring the snows of winter

upon the barren land


something warm and beautiful

lies beneath, and I know

someday they will come


music to my ears

and we’ll be singing lullabies again

serengeti sunset

The name is sunset
perhaps in my memories
from a poem, a book, a saying.
I run out the door slipping on boots as I go
not to miss the colors i can see changing through the window
out into the field i see them
It must looks somewhat the same
all eyes upon it in another place.
Sun setting on one side
moon rising on the other
red and orange pink and Fuchsia
blue and violet
peeking through
the white moon comes out of hiding
shy tonight
a blushing virgin
all in the dusky October sky of promises

never perfect

wish i was the perfect grandmother who  never angers

who can ignore the stairs that the small child might fall down

or the door she might crush a finger in

wish i could get the vision out of my head of the window someone left opened

on the third floor, that the 3 year old had come up on

hours before

when the gate was down.

what if ??

but no, it didn’t

so stop worrying

be quiet old woman

be the sweet grandma in the corner, rocking

yes may I









What is a Father?

anyone with the capacity to love .

There are good and bad fathers

some that scold some that hold

some do both

it’s a complicated thing.

My father once said” anyone can make a baby”

well, that’s not entirely true, some couples struggle. but i knew what he meant.

My father died when I was 22.  Just when we were  beginning to look  at each other differently

he wallpapered my  firstborns room. .

He barely got to know her.  But the paper brought many smiles.

Little yellow and orange animals, very early 70’s.

Thanks Dad.

What really makes a father?

My children lost their father at 2 1/2 and 6

One of saddest things I’ve ever had to tell someone

was telling my 6 yr old her daddy was really gone.

Five years later I met another man, a good man,one I hoped would love my children.

He has, he does, but they do not call him Dad.

I don’t know why really, it just never happened.

He has a son, from a prior marriage, maybe that’s why?

and should it really matter?

So what’s in the word, the name?

Does he nurture and care, is he there for advice and help?

Help of so many kinds, especially as they are all adults now.

The answer has always been yes.

Again my musing gives me the answers I seek.

His blood may not run through them

and they may not call him Dad

but I am forever thankful and grateful

he’s the best we ever had.



Happy Father’s Day to all who love and give love to children

for that’s all it really takes.








One Heart

what a beautiful backdrop for the author, my daughter’s song. One Heart
She is sharing her message at libraries and book stores now. She hopes to do school visits too, spreading her love.

A Day In The Life

I am sharing the following post written by my cousin, you can find the original here. An uplifting song written and sung by her daughter (and her band Iridesense) She writes; One Heart is all about diversity, and acceptance. It explores the reality of our differences. We all look differently on the outside. Different hair color, skin color, eye color. We even like different things. That’s not what’s most important. If you look at who we truly are, at our core, we are all the same. We need to spread this message to children, and to the world. Especially now when everyone is taking sides. Politically, religiously, etc. We are a multicultural world. Our differences on the outside make us unique, but our hearts need to be unified. One heart. It is also being made into an illustrated book for children.

I have used some of my photos as…

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35 degrees


wearing a warm robe in a cool back room

is my present reality

only words on this page have meaning

not the ones in my head

that I rehearse

to countless perpetrators

of countless wrongs

that never happened

i want to believe in


out with the old in with the new

sometimes the old was better

memories cannot be erased

I have  tried

and it does not work






coolness came today

drifting leaves

one by one

making piles of green and brown

on the ground

another winter looms ahead


we will see leaves grow again

in another spring

Raining Poetry event: poem Mighty Mint

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July, Caesar knew


July means so many things

from long lost loves

to diamond rings

from baby born

and baby unborn

sad secrets of

the lost forlorn

who wander still

throughout the meadows

of the night

the butterflies will dance through days

with slowed breathing

till silence speaks

which way which way

to go today

what date is it

for that will be

what July

days mean for me..

8 years gone


I was never the perfect child

I know I gave you pause and worry

I loved you fiercely though

And as a child would have saved you

If I could

The battles raged sometimes

I sat on your bed to comfort you

And brought you tea

Like every day at 93

When you lived with me

I wished it had been longer

We always do

 It’s so hard letting go not matter how old

My beloved mother

I also know the pain, for I have children too

 who give me pause

And worry

A parent’s trials.

It’s going to be warm today

I think I’ll finally go outside

And wipe my tears away

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