Rainbow Leaves

Being here

present with this

paper & pen

should bring some


Often my mind is trying to

recreate a scene that has

triggered an idea to write about.

But being focused in the here &

now, I find plenty to fill

the page with, as it rolls off

my brain, unrehearsed, as it


It’s cool out.  Summer is fading

fast, giving way to a rain shower

of colorful leaves leaving their

host for a heavenly demise.

Littering the ground with speckled

jewels, they stand out from

everything else which is mostly


Some warmth makes the day still

seem like summer and lets the

amazing sun do its healthy

thing on our exposed skin

for one last shot of a darker tan

and all the Vit. D we can make in

an hour.










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Woods & Walking

I wanted to go to the


but circumstances

seemed to pile up in front

of my effort to get there.

I guess if I’d have really

wanted to go, I would’ve

gone.  No matter what

the circumstances

being used

as an “excuse” to do

something enjoyable

that I felt I had the

energy & time for,

yet didn’t go.

In the end,

you do what you want.






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The sun doesn’t know how

not to shine.

Warmth and light

never dims at the


Yellow it picked as

its favorite



it needs no


A loner in the sky,

it hangs in there


and  cherished

by all who

view its might.

It will just be

itself until

the end.


and glowing



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Saturday is redemption day

for the working weary.

Nature needs be paid a call

or two.

The white egrets, the ducks,

the red-tailed hawk soaring

endlessly for the sheer

joy of it.  Not to hunt.

Not to do barrel rolls.

Just sail around until

it gets dizzy enough to

fall out of the sky–which

it never does.  It seems

eternally aloft.

The geese come and go

with lots of company

usually & in formation.

The lizards scamper about

without a birds’ eye view

of anything.  They have

limited vision but get

along just fine.

Nature never gets bored

that I can see.  I just

can’t see that happening.

It’s only us humans

who have to visit them.

They never have to come

& see us for stress relief.



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in many colors

a rainbow kaleidoscope

of them

even brown and black

brighter colors

a leaf on the wing

falling from the sky

landing lightly on a flower

procuring its pollen

drinking its nectar

being a butterfly

doing what it loves








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Flight is Faster

Butterflies, caterpillars, moths

& crows.

What do they all have in common?

Flight and legs.

The caterpillar just has to wait a

while to realize

his potential & be like the others.

Nature either puts you on the

ground forever…

or in the air (or water).

Weightlessness is a gift.

Let go of the surly bonds of earth…

Walking or flying,

time is irrelevant

non-existent, really

on some level.

I don’t understand it

but we can use that truth

to our benefit & peace of mind.

I love mysteries.  The unusual.

I’m not afraid to look into

the dark hole of the undiscovered…

not too afraid, anyway.

Braver than most when it

comes to those things.

I’m still waiting for my

cocoon to open dropping

away the barriers around

myself for all to see, shamelessly.









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!! 100 Birthdays !!

My friend invited me to

his mom’s 100th birthday

party!!  Relatives-very

elderly relatives


thousands of miles

to be in his mom’s

backyard this afternoon.

I felt so honored to be

welcomed into their


I met the most interesting

people!  I was willing to

take risks, and, as always,

was rewarded.

I’m ready, as much as I’m

capable, and at a step at a

time, to rearrange my life

to reflect my new awareness,

it seems, that is dawning or

beginning to dawn on

me.  I want to be

braver, living my

life without later regrets.

Some way, I will

be able to change

my tack, heading

off in a new direction.

I’m glad I went.

Very rich experience.


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Green & Blue


Green said to blue,

are you up for something new?

Sure green.  What do you have in mind?

I don’t have to do any more than

saturate the page with green –like

a forest.  Just being.  Not needing to

go anywhere, for a forest just is

until it’s no longer.  Green

all the way.

You can be the sky and I’ll be

the trees.  We’ll make a good

team.  You can even be the

water,  I’ll just keep growing

greener everyday.

We need to stay strong and

not lose our color–even a little

bit.  So let’s clean up our acts

and get to work.  A nice

picture will we make–








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We hide inside


we’re budding


We have to


to fly,

to see the light.

There’s none of it


We have to feel

our way through the

veil of seeming illusion

and incarceration.

Just one speck of a beam

is enough to give us


that more lies outside.

You never know for sure.

You shed your cocoon

and see if you can

survive in the air

with your drying



Photography © Dennis Frates Photography


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Moon/Sun Walk

The sun played peek-a-boo

with the moon today.

Borrowed some glasses and

saw it first hand.

I walked.  I saw a rabbit.

Haven’t seen any this year

where I walk.  They’re all hanging

out at the new veggie garden the

farmers are growing.  Don’t

blame them.  Pretty slim pickings

other years I would imagine–

dry dusty fields and whatever

they could find.  It was a little

rabbit–almost tame.  The

younger ones let you come


The white egret I spotted flew

off as soon as I came into view–

at least 50 yards off.  Very


I walked in the eclipse.

Dim outside, bright inside.






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