Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011

daily countdown
berry picking

lone crow
atop a fir
grey skies

five green
season’s first

walking to
the mailbox
strawberry blossoms
surprise five
green strawberries

Small Stone Blogsplash--we need your help...

Kaspa & Fiona have taken over my blog for today, because they
need our help.

They are both on a mission to help the world connect with the world
through writing. They are also getting married on Saturday the 18th of

For their fantasy wedding present, they are asking people across the
world to write them a ‘small stone’ and send it to us using this form. You can also post the stone on your blog, or facebook or on twitter using the #aros hashtag.

A small stone is a short piece of observational writing – simply pay
attention to something properly and then write it down. Find out more
about small stones here.

If you’re willing to help, we’d love you to do two things:

1) Re-post this blog on your own blog any time before June the 18th and
give your readers a chance to hear about what we’re doing. You can
simply copy and paste the text, or you can find the html

2) Write us a small stone on our wedding day whilst we’re saying our
vows and eating cake, post it on your blog, and send
it to us.

You can find out more about our project at our website, Wedding Small
, and you can also read our blog at A River of Stones.

We also have a July challenge coming soon, when we’ll be challenging
you to notice one thing every day during July and write it down.

Thank you for listening, and we hope we’ll be returning from our
honeymoon to an inbox crammed with small stones, including yours.

Kaspa & Fiona

Monday, May 30, 2011

May 30, 2011

douglas fir
orange and pink feet
mark the grave

flow space gentle

a gentle mantle
across space
nice flow a bonus

sister of 
wearing mantle
of russia

quiet holiday
new trees
and plants
watchful crow
watched by cats

Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 29, 2011

while birds chirp
I ask existential questions
flowers bloom

quiet space
gentle peace
flow of words

day of solitude
flow of calmness
into my gentle space

can be vegan
enjoying a
summer day

anhydrous sand
sifting through 
my fingers
is there a 
vegan salmagundi

spelling errors
not mine
two cats
sitting in front of
computer screen

crow drops food
in the bird bath
tosses it, soaks it
drinks, grabs food
flies away

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28, 2011

new orange and black bird
hopping in my garden
who are you

one chickadee
chasing a second
a long fence

mending bridge
hopes for healing
flowers blossom

a crow
bobbing on the fence

sick with
glottal-itis from
anhydrous living

sunny day of
quiet solitude
laundry and 
furry companions

with record
our weather has been
anything but

a glottal swelling
prevented talking and
making her
very anhydrous

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011

green hummingbird
flitting around cypress
new bright green tips

a quidnunc 
kogitates without knowing
he cogitates

early ferry ride
ct scan and doctor’s appointment
surgery scheduled
lovely lunch
quiet evening

Thursday, May 26, 2011

May 26, 2011

birds singing
raucous choir announces
spring ends

long day
overwhelming exhaustion
tutor nightmare
wonderful students
gift of a tomato plant

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011

black-capped chickadee
in a nesting spruce
rain gently falling

the noceur
with a broken mandible
very very hungry 

dreams of food
still hungry
dogs on a diet

rain, more rain
hungry for

staving off
hungry thoughts
with visions of sugarplums
the noceur
broke her mandible

feeling sick
day gets better
as it
moves along

gentle rain
outside my window
warm and dry
anticipating a
pleasant evening

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011

tiny red cones
on oriental spruce
crow swoops by

scent of
pine needles
caws overhead

the blinding flash
before a roar
a dash of panic

rarely support
deasil activities
even when

student no show
wonderful sunny
day at home
pets rejoice

new tutor
shoves me out
leaving me
lost and hurt

Monday, May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011

Some of these were written for Twitter word games--I'm sure you'll be able to tell which:

petty tyrants
two dogs three cats
love abounds

the nene
using tall trees
hoodwinks others

the nene
other birds
a lime

spring day
sun plays
with greens
across the lawn

maybe the
nene was impecunious
she ate limes
while flying

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 22, 2011

silken fur
loud purrs gentle weight
snuggling with three cats

caw caw
caller id shows

son running
50 mile endurance run
sun salutation

a red-purple worm
moving on brown bark
chickadees sing

looking out
kitchen window
a goldfish
in backyard pond
thought to be empty

Saturday, May 21, 2011

May 21, 2011

soaring crow
across blue skies
a junco bathes

vietnam vet
learns truth
ardent pacifist

introvert’s recharging
saturday chores done
quiet evening ahead

Friday, May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

my wonderful
betsy-wetsy doll
who knew
how life
would unfold

the horse
decided to rescind
her roan color
in favor of

to the night
bamboo windchimes

dragonfly darting
masses of blue flowers
sunny spring day

green hummingbird
outside my window
welcome computer break

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 19, 2011

winter frost
lost dreams
never to be

genteel missive
to my daughter
a reply

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011

out the window
dawn’s pink light
sleep returns

mother gaia
molten lava
moving plates

mother earth
rearranges her home
molten lava and ash

looking in the mirror
a squirrel runs by

genteel sincerity
always in fashion
gentle actions
never rush
goodness abounds

sun rising
pink skies glowing
too early
back to sleep until
dogs and cats win

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 17

through fir branches
sleep beckons

pepper and salt moth
on a purple door
sunny spring day

the gamine
the epicene youth
diversity is

spring day
sunny and warm
crow struts 
across the lawn
sun and shadows play

Monday, May 16, 2011

May 16

grey skies
wind whipping trees
strawberry blossoms

rainbow flag
flying proud
safe haven

bending through crystals
rainbows abound

dogs on a diet
watching cats being fed
eyes pleading
those who have want more
those without left wanting

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May 15

gentle rain falling
birch and firs sway
a heffalump

pink and white flowers
behind fir branches

in the meadow
sudden storm

on a diet
her eyes
leave me

Saturday, May 14, 2011

May 14

sow bug
walking along
a purple board

a pebble
suddenly moves
cute bug

poop patrol
a robin
hops by

sasha perky 
sunny day
windows open
kd lang sings
life is good

Friday, May 13, 2011

Catch Up May 11- 13

cats insatiable
need for pets
fur everywhere

baby slug
tentacles waving
new morning

spinning lacy webs
weaver’s dream

brightest star
not a star
jupiter or saturn

baby robin
wiggly worm
blossoms falling

a robin catches
thirteen worms
on friday

the spider walks
under a ladder
on the thirteenth

robin with 
thirteen worms
no triskaidekaphobia

submitting haiku
hope friday the 13th 
a lucky day

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10

low tide
three boats aground
morning stillness

licit satisfaction
of canine
insatiable appetite
accomplished with
canned pumpkin

Monday, May 9, 2011

May 9

ups fedex deliver
internet shopping
recluse’s delight

peeking through
hinoki cypress
two yellow tulips

and finishing yesterday:

another mother’s day
how many more

today's 5 lines:

two black-capped
trading spots
in the birdbath
and the cypress

yellow, orange,
purple ranunculus
standing tall
amid the blue 
and pink pansies

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May 8

if only
you had lived

purrs licks
tail wags meows
surrounded by love

sitting on my 
turtle bench
surprised by
two yellow tulips
mother’s days past

phone rings
mother jumps
caller id shows
hope plummets

another mother’s day
how many more

Saturday, May 7, 2011

May 7

even here
human debris

small purple flowers
atop green foliage
cocker sniffs

black-capped chickadee
in my bird bath
glorious sun

old cat
undergoing chemo
a kitten

Friday, May 6, 2011

May 6

dragonfly earrings
soda pop cans

off to the vet
sasha and I
chemo number three
caring vet long morning
safely home again

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 5

holidays from

grey squirrel
scampers along the fence
falling rain

dragon soaring
cloudy skies

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 4

sun shines
through dusty windows
new front door

in cat fountain
sunny days

coldest april
on record
wettest month 
waiting for spring 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Podiatrist Visit

podiatrist says
foot problems just like 
live long enough
you’ll have them

podiatrist says
shape of my foot
also my high arch
doom me to 
foot pain 

podiatrist says
once surgery 
each surgery sets up
next problem

podiatrist says
all my toes will
some sooner than later

podiatrist says
wait until pain
is constant and severe
before next

podiatrist says
this will slow
inevitable progression
toward more and more

podiatrist says
thank you for 
coming in
I leave

May 3

spring shower
yellow pollen on my

students antsy
sun shining
how many more days?

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2

a ball of yarn never to be
a sweater

my hummingbird light
keeps me company
blinks rainbow colors
outside the window
all through the long night

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May 1

apple blossoms
weave through fir branches
a single caw

may day
spider meets mosquito
on my shower fence

out the window
between fir branches
a star
looking back
at me