May 19, 2015

My Haiku for you ~ Invited Summer

summer skies pristine
lakes and ponds teeming with life
meadow grasses green

birds soaring through trees
rolling hills reflecting light
Lupin blue as seas

hold your head up high
capturing bright floral scent

bees’ honey comes nigh



May 17, 2015

A New Day~ Haiku For You

resonating words
who is next to speak with love?
heard around the world


drowning angered souls
gift with everlasting love
only truth can live


stand tall on this day
standing brave in what you say
embrace. give. be strong.

May 10, 2015

The Little Girl Loved

Photograph by Kathleen S. Shattuck

The Little girl cried, the shell was gone and she sobbed, knowing her life was taken away at that moment.  She walked to the edge of the surf, the bubbles tickled her toes but she no longer giggled, she no longer laughed, she no longer thought about today or tomorrow, because today was gone, and tomorrow did not exist.


Love was a memory, a story, a rhyme, a fairy tale; love lingered and was lost; love grabbed at her heart and was tossed, tossed into the ocean to swim with the fish, then taken into the deep with the shells.


The little girl remembered, remembered once upon a time, a time when she was lost in a cave, when she was swimming in the river, when she made friends with the Wombat, the Bird and the Frog, when she had a family.  


The little girl stepped into the waves and was swept back in time; remembering the times when she was loved, and she loved.  The shell took it all away from her, she loved it the most, and now it was gone.


A heart is but a fragile thing, it lingers and waits
The sea is but a tormentor, it rolls in on the tide, and takes
The little girl gave her heart a chance to love, she gave it away
a heart that waited and lingered, but all too long that day




May 5, 2015

Love and Life

Love happens, life goes on...
Love sneaks up behind you, life turns you around              
Love corners, confronts, confounds, life faces reality

Life hitches a ride on the moon
Life searches the dark side, the light side
Life marches you through thick and thin  

Love singles you out
Love is a choice
Love carries you away

Life brings you back

Love is a mystery
Love is a game
Love carries a weight

Life wants an answer




                                                                                        

May 1, 2015

Come This Spring!~ Haiku For You

Snows linger with cold
Sun lights up the fields with warmth
Seeds burst with flowers


Robin’s song is heard
Nests are built from twigs and straw
Little eggs are seen


Life goes on today
Seasons signal the newborn
Awaken the young!



April 26, 2015

Chapter Three: The Little Girl and The Sea


I find myself overwhelmed and steeped in misery, because I can't fix the world and its problems. And then I realize that it's to my best advantage to look within myself - and it's simply me, myself and I that needs a new outlook, a new perspective...fix what's closest, fix what you can, and hope for the best.


The Money Hungry, the Greedy, the Capitalists, these are the people who came to the Americas to steal and rob and take what didn't belong to them; these are the people that we fight against today. A never ending battle. These are the people who have robbed us all, and continue to rob us of all of our freedoms, our life’s blood to live on this earth in peace; our home that is to be nurtured and loved. We will receive nothing back from our earth, from each other, when all we do is take.
love torments the night
love tugs, conflicts within sleep   
love’s vanishing light


The little girl continued to walk the shore until she realized there was more to see.   The sand and sea wasn’t everything to her, to you, or to me.


She took a step to the right, then to the left, sea grasses swayed and beckoned her foot prints.
She noticed the change in her step, the firmer the ground the more she hastened, and the stride became lengthened.
 
Hard ground led her to rocks, through valleys and hills, to rivers and streams; she noticed the birds, the animals, all different from what she was used to.  She wasn't sure how to react; to ignore them, to talk to them, or to just live within their presence in love, and to leave them in peace.


Love, a word that repeats itself throughout history, and for the most part is ignored, or battered and bruised.  The little girl had friends in the forest, from another life.  She had friends in the rivers and streams, and in oceans it seemed, but this was another life, a life where she was just a child, and now she was a woman-child.  A woman who hasn't grown in wisdom, remaining the little girl locked away in her cave, her mind, wishing and wishing for a way to get out - Now, the child with new eyes wanting to see more; wanting to hear more; wanting to grow more in wisdom, where more is always to be learned.


Shells were born again, sea creatures emerged in abundance, lining the sea grasses and surf, forming a wall, protecting the waters from intruders.  She noticed this.


Rocks piled, one upon the other, along the river banks, streams and lakes, fearful of overflow and losing its precious clean water that everyone screamed for.  The little girl noticed this.


The water refused to form in the clouds, leaving them barren.  
The ground became dry, and then barren as well.


She noticed people were forming their own barricades, selfishness bloomed instead of flowers, flowers that refused the dry earth.  Keeping you, keeping, me, keeping the little girl a safe distance away.


The fish, her friends, were now estranged.  They swam away.  The birds refused the gift of her hand, fearful.  The animals became wild beasts, running in the opposite direction when seeing her footprints on the forest ground.  They refused to make a sound.


Tears stained the earth as people grew in number, outnumbering the wilderness and all of its beautiful gifts.  The gifts were taken, one after another without thought of replacing or regrowing.  


The earth shook, the earth spewed its warnings, but no one heard for all the loud disorder, dissention and destruction. Chaotic noise became louder, it was now in charge, it ruled the world in selfish tones without harmony, without melody to guide them.  


The woman/child now understood the workings of wisdom; where to learn from mistakes, adjusting understanding, and leading with love in your heart was the only way to break this path of ruin, but she was also now alone.  People turned against each other;  People fought for what they called rights.  She had to learn what these rights meant, and when she did she realized they were just another form of self destruction.  We can’t have one right that takes away another’s rights.  No one agreed to what was right or what was wrong.  


The clouds came and went; the earth tore itself into twos, and then into threes, and fours and fives; the earth became so divided that no one person knew where they needed to stand without falling into an abyss so wide there would be no way to climb out.


The woman walked back to the sea; tore through the sea-grasses, climbed the wall of shells and trudged across the sticky blood on the sand, then dove into the polluted water of the ocean and swam and swam until her heart gave out and lost all of its love for the human race.  

The sea creatures came to her.  The shells floated back to the shoreline, in hopes that someday they would be picked up again by another innocent little girl who loved the earth with all of her heart.


April 23, 2015

Changes

On Change:  A video about Addiction by Ilana Simons
https://vimeo.com/124465273
My thoughts on this "story video" are /in progress\  





As with all change, it's a progression…
A life changing progression  
Addiction, can it also mean obsession?
Drink one, drink two
stop, stop!

The stop light turns red
I wait for you


The drink goes untouched
The wait becomes too much


I step off the curb
A honking car is heard


Wait, yells a voice in my head
Too late, she’s dead


Drink number three removes the body from self,
outside of self are the city streets, racing cars, honking, blaring noisy cars to dare you, to dare you to step off the curb, into the lane of self destruction.
 
Listen, not to yourself, but to the street’s taunt. Listen.  Wait.

Do you really want to step off the curb?  
Wait, before it’s too late.


Freeze the frame
What is your aim?


I step into traffic, a car grazes my thigh….brushed aside, I stumble.
Who cares, I’ll do it again, I’m not in trouble.


The noise is deafening….a defining moment, I hurt.
I step back to the curb, again, this time with blood on my shirt.


I sit  
I wait


I’m thrown out of the bar
I go back to my car


In city streets, I honk my horn
I look down at my pants, the seam is torn


Blood marks this day of atonement
Self destruction rendered nil at this moment


Back up, park, wait
before it’s too late


The tiger sleeps, I miss you
I miss the dreams that have become so few


The heart waits….then moves on
Knowing today you are gone


April 12, 2015

A Silver-White Pearl

I loved you
your eyes, the color of night
I loved you
your skin, a pale light
I loved you
your hair, dark and bright
I loved you

you slipped out of my hand
a wave caught you and rolled you
around in the sand
then carried you away from me
I let you go
you belonged to the sea


April 10, 2015

Lost On A Breeze

Smile, Smile, Smile came the sound of the brook. It runs, it tumbles, it splashes the sides of the stream bed.  Smile, smile, smile it says as I cry. Cry. Cry.


The little girl sat by the edge of the running brook, and as she bent over the rock she saw her reflection in the shallow water. The glimmer of her face in a sparkling drop; a school of fish swam side by side, and as her tear struck the rock, it splashed onto the fish and stunned them still. Still. Still.


They could not move forward, nor backward, nor up nor down.  Still, they became still.  The sound of the brook became silent.  Silent.  Silent.


She lost her love in a single tear.  The little girl was a woman, Gone.  Gone.  Gone,  out to sea in a sailboat, lost. Lost. Lost.  The fish looked at the woman and smiled. Smiled. Smiled...but the woman’s heart broke in a million pieces and fell into the brook, onto the fish, and the rivulets and the fish carried the pieces away.  


Away. Away out to sea, never to be seen, never to be seen.  Never to be seen again.  A broken heart flies across the sea, caught in the sails, forever open to a wayward breeze.


April 8, 2015

A Kiss or Two

I could feel her breath cascade across my cheek

two lips touch, and then part in silence
I back away, blushing and meek

She let us go, with a raise of her hand
knowing this kiss could be the last
as whispers were heard across the land

Narrow margins separate our voices
Worlds apart tell hurtful stories
Yet, I return, owning my choices

A kiss or two, or maybe three
love sews and binds hearts together
showing the world this is you, this is me








April 6, 2015

Shelter, Silent Nights ~ Haiku For You

Shelter
hold me, hold me close
shelter in dreams of nightmares
close my eyes gently


whisper words of love
with hands clasped and held with mine
never let me go

Silent Nights
dogs bark to red moon
broken light outshines the night
winds hush closing doors

curtains flap the sill
silver streaks dart from behind
forever longing

Hear the aged stories
spoken in tongues across time
He rests gentle souls




March 30, 2015

Rights

She writes:
What are the "rights", the rights of all of us?
Are they equal, are they just? Are they right for all of us?


The wrongs, the rights, it’s gotten out of sight!
Who fights for our rights, when we can’t put up a fight?


The states screw us, the politicians screw us
All we want to do is live in peace without fuss


The world is in turmoil, the religion’s in distress
Who knows who’s fighting whom, and for what, when all is a mess?


Countries will be fought
Killings will not stop
Time runs out, time doesn't stand still
The clock struck, I took my bitter pill
When rights are a no show
That’s when it’s time to go
Time to say goodbye, I made my last call
I gave it my best shot, I gave it my all


March 26, 2015

crooked path



you’re lost
I’ll find you
I see you
found
you float
locked away
tangled hair
I hold you
gone
sleep
“…….the tiger leapt, and the swallow dipped her wings in dark pools on the other side of the world” vw


March 24, 2015

Reborn

The angle of the sun bent across the horizon, deepening meadows and hillsides into amber, blue, orange and reds.
Sorrow floated in the air like aimless moats, forgetting where they began, forgetting their purpose.
Winter dies a slow death, cascading snow drifts burying the visuals and memories of earth, lost far beneath the cold hard pack, lost to the sun.
Spring tries, day after day, month after month, all in vain to winter’s determination, lost to time and arctic air.
One day a squirrel scampers by the side of the old red barn, ears perked and alert to change, soon a soaring hawk narrows its vision, then loses sight.
Life goes on, into the next season, where spring is born, glorious spring peaks a tiny blossom up through the earth, up into light.