Archive for January, 2011

As I washed the dishes today

through the window I saw

a color-contrasting bluejay

A pleasant surprise, I must say

just when I thought

they had all gone away

With the cold winter wind

I believed they’d all taken flight

to warmer areas, further south

So, you could just imagine my delight

when, first I spotted one

but oh, there was then, another

The dogwood tree

became their retreat

while the search was on

for something good to eat

Suddenly, there was a bit of fluttering

as along came my friend, mockingbird

which sent a landing woodpecker scuttling

I was a bit puzzled at why they’d all descended

for red berry bearing had definitely ended

Then, I noticed the object that drew them

on the ground, a stale, hard roll

my husband threw them

You will keep moving

if you keep moving forward

with joy in your heart

toward your eternity

where you will meet, Forever


What is it

that causes us

to arise each day

Is it the sun so bright

the sky so blue

But, what of grey sky days

is it simply the alarm’s sound

Could it be the song of birds

or is it things on the mind

such as chores in wait

Maybe it’s the hope

of  seeing a smile

trying something new

making something right

a dream ends; perhaps, not

but after opening our eyes

somehow in body or mind

we arise, we arise, we arise

Everyday people die

but sometimes it catches you

so off-guard

you can only question why

I’d saved the paper from three days before

hoping to get a chance

to read through it

once time offered more

So, on this rainy morning, I pulled it out

looked through the news

scanned the ads

then an obituary invoked an inner shout

I went into a shocked state

for she was my doctor

had delivered a child of mine

I’d just visited her of late

Although she did not look well

and I’d been told she was ill

I believed her to be on the mend

after she’d recently tripped and fell

Yes, I had received a letter

that noted she would be

taking a break from work

but never did I think she wouldn’t get better

But there it was in black on white

she’d died three days

past Christmas morning

my mind just couldn’t make it right

Somehow I felt I was meant to know

since onto that paper

I had held

but, reading those words was such a huge blow

It may take days for it to sink in

I’ve thought of her family

a husband, two girls, a father

how difficult it must have been

What was the reason

a brain tumor

some kind of fate

or, was it just her season

A sense of sorrow overtakes me

stops me in my tracks

then a wish to live fully and long

to become everything that I’m meant to be

Yes, dear people die all the time

it really makes me think of them

and how they spent their lives

then I realize I must make the most

of every minute of  mine


The bluest sky I’ve ever seen

fell into my hands

one day, as I sat next to you

The truest place I’ve ever been

was the moment I shared

my whole heart with you

There are many things I’ve never seen

but I’ve felt your love so true

There are many places I’ve never been

but I have touched the sky with you