Photo by Mabel Kwok on Unsplash It’s not long ’Til I walk alone. He makes friends, Sniffs deeply, Chases red cat, guards his yard, Comes home panting joy. I cannot hold the two thoughts in my mind. If I were a better, more dedicated and accomplished meditator, perhaps I could. My dog is terminally ill. My… Continue reading Missing Him While He’s Still Here
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash Ruined daffodils Proudly thrust into her hands, Muddy son shrieks joy: Flowers for Mommy! Just like Daddy gives to her, Flowers make her smile. It took filthy, sweaty, miserable hours to plant the bulbs. She did her best not to resent his being gone for the day while she was… Continue reading No Flower Is Safe From Little Boy Love
Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash First draft done Now comes the fun part Reading it Discerning What the story needs to live, Reveal, deliver. I’m not finished with my first draft yet. That happy milestone will be celebrated later on today. However, even from here in the depths of first draft floundering, I can see… Continue reading The Second First Draft
Photo by Lotte Meijer on Unsplash Their love glows — Illuminates and bursts Proud ideas Smart edicts Two lives grown deeper, broader Than was expected. Many big-number anniversary parties are miserable affairs where the couple is dressed up, smiles when told to smile, lapses into mute, staring despair when they think no one is looking. The… Continue reading Picture of Love: Three
Photo by Stéphane Delval on Unsplash Let us walk To fresh horizons: Laughing deep, Holding close, Cherishing our dearest one The rest of our days. How companionably they amble, into the sunset, past bicycles leaning on endless fences. I imagine their conversation is easy — and that there are good long stretches when no one says anything, but… Continue reading Picture of Love: Two
Photo by Christiana Rivers on Unsplash She caught it Without an effort: Moment’s glimpse — what’s to come, glowing strong, more powerful with each precious day. I wrote the poem, then hunted for the photograph, found it in minutes. Some poems are like that. They summon their likeness for viewing, the picture and the poem… Continue reading Picture of Love: One
Photo by Serge Esteve on Unsplash Tea cups clink “The usual,” they say Waiter nods Flees table He gazes around, she chews Another dread meal.