Sunday, October 31, 2010


six litttle pumpkins sitting in a pew
if, by magic, they could move
whatever would
they do?

play tag
roll around the block
check out the stock

maybe they would do a dance
swirling and twirling
till they melted into a pool
of orange goo

if you were a pumpkin
tell me true
what would
you do?

*"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what i do. And that enables you to laugh at life's realities."                 ~Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

autumn leaves

how do you like
their shade of  brown

the sound of their crackling?

the musty smell of

what, oh what
does your soul undergo
in the mysterious season
of autumn

*"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if i were a bird i would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns."       ~George Eliot

Friday, October 29, 2010


you go your way
i'll go mine
with our heads held high

we dare not
into a world

of humility

what if we lost our way
back out?!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


they are living
living things

*No town can fail of beauty, though its walks were gutters and its houses hovels, if venerable trees make magnificent colonnades along its streets.                    ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

apples in a bowl

it's apple time

another piece of autumns


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

corn art

i've discovered a new
art gallery

as of late
i've been making trips most every morning
to the corn field

harvest is past
and for the most part
the lovely stocks and shucks
are gone

but on the edges of the field
i see the most amazing
and lines


that the artist
lives on

yes, every time i go
i see a new

and it becomes

Monday, October 25, 2010

october glory

and for this
who shall get the

who shall get
the glory?

how many trees
and leaves this day
shall we pass by
without a thought or

we turn easily to God
in our pain
but where do we vain
creatures go

and what do we do

with this terrible
terrible beauty?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

heading home

thank you God
for this one

heading home

and strong

* One of my favorite things about this time of the year is the spectacular sight of the geese migration. Something about seeing a flock, a pair, or one alone, flying high, thrills my heart.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


we've come so far
in the past few years

taking pictures with our phones
and they
the size of our shirt pockets

do you remember
opening the film
putting it in
then winding to load

attaching the flash when necessary

what you shot
was what you got

i like my canon rebel
i like that i can erase
my mistakes

but doesn't this little kodak
have class!

Friday, October 22, 2010

fence row

at night
under light
of a crimson moon
there is quiet

Thursday, October 21, 2010

found jar

when you find
do you wonder
where it was
and through what doors
it passed
into your presence
when you find
do you ever stop

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


mr. frost wrote of
the path less traveled
and ever since
men have been talking about it

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

morning invitation

oh come!
walk with me this morning
we'll kick up leaves
and listen to the cry of geese
on wing
we'll breathe deep
of smoky air
and magical musty

Monday, October 18, 2010

dew on the pumpkin

God said "let there be light"
and sometime after that
He must have said
"let there be pumpkins
and let them be orange"

and "let them be seen
right before the chill
of winter"

*This post is dedicated to Lincoln Reader who requested a pumpkin image. He is getting very excited about dressing up for Halloween. Be sure and send me a picture of you in your costume Lincoln! Happy Fall day everyone.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


look closely at anything
and you'll find a story

you'll see that something
or someone

was there before

Saturday, October 16, 2010

early october

the time of morning haze
has come

yellow leaves
and the evening sun
setting farther to the south

havest is

Friday, October 15, 2010



duck and dodge

how busy and intense
those beady little eyes

in those busy
little bodies

* "I'd rather be on my farm than be emporer of the world." 
                              ~George Washington

Thursday, October 14, 2010

mid october morning

oh lovely woods
in autumn's light

your gracefulness this morning

is more
than i can


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

holy battle

    flee oh darkness
    the sun has come

    flee far

   * What wonderful news that the miners in Chile are seeing the sun at last! Their rescue this morning brings a passage from Psalms 139 to mind:

"Whither shall i go from your spirit? If i ascend to heaven you are there.
  If i make my bed in the depths of the earth, you are there....

  If I say, "let only darkness cover me,
  and the light about me be night,
  even the darkness is not dark to thee,
  the night is bright as the day:
  for darkness is as light with thee."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

life under heaven

and as one man
pushes in the clutch
and heads to an office
high in the sky

another shuffles barefoot
through the desert dust
carrying bricks
of mud and dung

and what is going through
their minds
as the go about their day?

in the same
great story

* I just finished a telephone conversation with my husband who is on a mission trip in Southern Sudan. He is helping with the final phase of a medical clinic construction project. (He is building cabinets.) It was wonderful to hear the humble awe in his voice as he spoke of the various experiences he was having there among the people. We truly are connected with fellow "travelers" all over the world, however various our backgrounds and circumstances. (Quite amazing, really.)

Monday, October 11, 2010

scene in the shipyard

life is best lived
with both
unbreakable strength
and soft tenderness
of mercy

* "The first week at August's was a consolation, a pure relief. The world will give you that once in a while, a brief time-out; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life."  ~Sue Monk Kidd (From The Secret Life of Bees)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

morning reflection

have you ever wondered
why God made water

He didn't have to

it could have been

it could have been churning

and burning
rather than

but then
when could

"He leads beside still
have ever been

Saturday, October 9, 2010

beach rocks

small ones
lying in the sand

could it have been
the hand of Almighty God

who set you here this morning

just for

Friday, October 8, 2010


who would have thought
that a piece of wood
lying on a piece of metal

could be so

* "Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar....." ~anon.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

seeds and shingles

once upon a time
there was nothing

but someone had a vision
took hammer in hand

seed was scattered

and here i stand
relishing the scene

years and
years later

* " The world needs dreamers, and the world needs doers.  But above all the world needs dreamers who do."        ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

spontaneous prayer

Great Creator of

on this crisp october day

let me see
let me be

your color

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

solitary rock at sunrise

to think

she sits there for days
and no eye sees
the rays of soft dawn
on her
as the waves
wash over

through countless nights
when none behold
the blue moon's light
upon her

the sun and moon rise
on a beauty

that is

Monday, October 4, 2010

sand piper at daybreak

when life calls
like an ocean deep

oh enter

Sunday, October 3, 2010

alone at the pier

not a boat to be seen
no rigging
no sail

but isn't her emptiness

Saturday, October 2, 2010

ebb tide

and when the wave
simplicity and
*“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
                                             ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, October 1, 2010


sit light
to life
and all
its changes