sunshine

Rainbow Leaves

Being here

present with this

paper & pen

should bring some

results.

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

is.

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

brown.

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

woods,

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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Sun

The sun doesn’t know how

not to shine.

Warmth and light

never dims at the

source.

Yellow it picked as

its favorite

color.

Unadorned,

it needs no

embellishment.

A loner in the sky,

it hangs in there

supported

and  cherished

by all who

view its might.

It will just be

itself until

the end.

Shining

and glowing

innocently.

 

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butterflies

butterflies

come

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

most

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Like Your Hair

I was having a horrible day.

Out of the “ether” a student

calls out:  “I like your hair.”

Profusely, I say THANK YOU!

The one bit of unasked for

love from a complete stranger

wets my whistle in a desert

of rugged experiences.

As I say THANK YOU he

walks toward me.  I say,

“I like your hair, too.”  He

had a luxurious crop any

one would have been envious

of.

He wrapped his arms around

me on the basketball court

all sweaty and hot yet

that one bit of love

exchanged is what I

remember from my day.

How he knew to reach

out to me would mean

a lot, & is what I needed,

I don’t know.

But kids know, are

psychic in their awareness,

and can read your heart

like a book–those that

can read–their innocence

is refreshing, while it lasts.

Circle of tulip flowers.

Circle of tulip flowers.

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Breakout

We hide inside

cocoon-like;

we’re budding

butterflies.

We have to

breakout

to fly,

to see the light.

There’s none of it

inside.

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

hope

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

wings.

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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

nearer.

The white egret I spotted flew

off as soon as I came into view–

at least 50 yards off.  Very

skittish.

I walked in the eclipse.

Dim outside, bright inside.

 

 

 

 

 

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field friends

I love the doves.

I love the mockingbirds.

The hawks.

The ducks, the geese.

The quiet, swaying

in hawk-like circles,

swallows.

More wing beats, though.

The lazy turtles,

more shy than

other animals with

fast-get-away wings.

All the other unnamed

birds I don’t know the

names of.

It’s just part

of why I like to

walk in nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leave It Be

Nature calms your brain,

challenges your ingenuity

to survive physical

hardships.

She encourages.  Just

look up from your mind-

dominated mindset

and see the answers to

your dilemma.

Distracting you from

disaster which is likely

not to happen.

Gear down on the fear.

What you think will

or might happen

isn’t even close to

what normally

happens.

Projection of

“persecution” and

failure aren’t

really close to

materializing.

Yet, somehow you

want to choose (being)

the victim.

Helpless and un-

willing to move a

finger to better

things.  Nature

helps you reset

& reboot for a new

shot.

Ginko leaves with rain drops.

Ginko leaves with rain drops.

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Nature Offers

I love the weather.

Nature and it are an

unbeatable combination.

No weather inside.

No scent of the pines.

Sun shining brightly

in my eyes,

from my eyes.

The crunch of brush

underfoot.

The wind cooling

my sweat–freely

giving its movement

to all who bathe in

it.

New growth–where

were you yesterday?

Preparing to pounce

on the world, today.

Who you meet on the

trail.

Isolated in your

house, none of this

is possible to

experience.

My senses are

assaulted by all

of nature’s vagaries

from moment to

moment.

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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