Friday, May 18, 2018

seeing afresh, after the rain


















it wasn’t just a fence
anymore

it was a
tender rendering 

“mercy
dripping
down”


"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."  
                                                                         Pablo Picasso

Seeing this fence after the rain refreshed me and reminded me that we should all keep planting flowers, wearing color, baking cookies, hosting game nights, smiling at strangers, training our dogs.....doing whatever it is we do, to bring beauty to the world.  For we never really know whose soul we might be washing.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

conversation on a wire


















hey fellas
weather’s changin’

forecast says wind in the south
high in the seventies

maybe we should fly
over to ralph’s

give him 
heck

then play some checkers 
and peck 

a few worms



"Friendship isn't a big thing. It's a million little things."   anonymous


 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

after reading A Gentleman in Moscow

















there was a time

when a count
was a count

a princess
a princess

and black bread
was savored
with honey
that held a hint of lilac

there was a time
when friendship
was likened

to afternoon tea


"For his part, the Count had opted for the life of the purposefully unrushed.  Not only was he disinclined to race toward some appointed hour--disdaining even to wear a watch--he took the greatest satisfaction when assuring a friend that a worldly matter could wait in favor of a leisurely lunch or stroll along the embankment.  After all, did not wine improve with age?  Was it not the passage of years that gave a piece of furniture its delightful patina?  When all was said and done, the endeavors that most modern men saw as urgent (such as appointments with bankers and the catching of trains), probably could have waited, while those they deemed frivolous (such as cups of tea and friendly chats) had deserved their immediate attention."  
                             Andrew Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow


Friday, April 13, 2018

in the presence of pastel






































it doesn't take much

just a tinge of turquoise
alongside
calming coral

to soothe the soul
of an anxious
man

"Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is the holiest, the most divine, the most solemn."
                                                           John Ruskin

"When gifts are given to me through my camera, i accept them graciously."  -Minor White

I am amazed by the variety of gifts that surround us every day. All we need to do is receive and believe.

These images were taken in the Barrio district of Tucson. Thanks for taking me there Kelly!!





Tuesday, April 3, 2018

saguaro


I see you standing there
your silhouettes
like sentinels keeping watch

as people
on concrete highways
rush to and fro

over the hills
through the valley
into the night

"Whose idea was it that we should all work faster, work better, race from place to place with our brains stewing on tweets, blogs, and sound bites, on must-see movies, must-do experiences, must-have gadgets....
....At times, I was so caught up in the tempo and pattern, the predictable tap, tap, tap of each day, that there was no time to notice the neighbors had moved out, the wind was sneaking in from the north, the sun was shifting on its axis...I wondered when I had become a person who noticed so little."
                                                                    -Dee Williams





Thursday, March 29, 2018

corner of contrast













































when i came upon
this corner

my inner voice
said

"ahh..."

fierce white
against gentle blue

empty space
next to
busy mosaic

left me nothing 
to do

but sigh



"Beauty, pleasure, and the good things of life are intensified, and perhaps only exist, by reason of contrast." (Walter J. Phillips)


This image reminds me that contrast is a wonderful thing….in color and i dare say, temperament. :)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

contemplating the cacti


no, the desert
has never
been my 
favorite

i will always choose
broadleaf trees
waterfalls
and rich black soil

but 
here am i
in the dry southwest

watching these cacti
raise their century old arms

into what may be
the bluest sky
i have ever seen

i see you cacti,
i whisper

and suddenly,
so suddenly 

you are
beautiful




"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
If you ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it.
Your life will be impoverished.
But if you invest in beauty, 
it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright

I have said recently in conversation that the desert is “growing on me”. . . which indicates a slow process of coming to appreciate it. I believe that is still true. However, sometimes, awareness of something springs suddenly as it did for me on this trip with the cacti. I think it had to do with taking time to draw closer to them and doing a tour where i learned more about their fascinating lives.