August 10, 2015

Another sleepless night

Sleepless night...oh, sleepless night...I toss and I turn, I turn on the light. Visions of waves, visions of flowers, visions of sonnets swim, swim, swim, invading my mind with a cascade of showers.

My heart beats, oh, how it beats, missing the tempo, skipping sleep. Thunderstorms in dreams, where noise clammers and shines its beams....turn out the light, my mind wants to pray, but then there is one more word I have to say. 

I close my eyes, there you are again, words drowning out words, again and again. Being accepted into the dark, now closing my eyes as the sun raises the mark.

Sail Away

Photograph by Ele Kittl

The sea crackles and snaps to attention; the sea of glass breaks in a thousand pieces across the bow this day in time...sail away, sail away, sail away one last time. A single winged gull catches the surf; throws his head back and cries, sail away, sail away, sail away, this time is mine!

August 6, 2015

My Haiku For You ~ Sleep Music

eyes alert will see
voices whisper in the dark
deep silence waiting

sleep hums beside us
turning once, turning again

the music of night

July 30, 2015

My Haiku For You~Words of Love

on the eve of love
a threshold to cross over
embrace the moment


my hand in your hand
steps to take along the path
to be met halfway


July 24, 2015

My Haiku for you ~ The Night Scent

flowers soak warm sun
night will bring its scented air
listen on the breeze

calling you to bed
inhale and sleep lovely scents
all is well tonight


my mind goes blank tonight
I want to write, but I draw a blank
how many ways can you write about love?
comparisons, analogies, metaphorical, mind bending
I've twisted it, curved it, craved it, shaved it, tossed it away
and yet it continues to walk toward me, on me, leaving its marks
one sentence, a completion of your existence, one small proof
you tossed me a word, and I wanted the entire sentence
a thought, one tiny thought is all I longed for, hoped for
you threw me a crumb, and I craved the whole loaf

July 18, 2015

My Haiku For You~"Gesundheit"

flowers, weeds and things
heavy is the pollen now
sneezing bees, haachoo!

surf is up today!
but feeling down all-around
can’t go out to play!

summer colds abound
tissues used beyond the norm
resting is the plan

My Love and I

Time passes, my love
Time and time again, my love seeks to reinvent, to find its meaning in the losses of years passed
Time passes, my love
Time travels at warp speed, longing to see, yearning to believe in a future with you again
Time passes, my love
hold on fast, time travelers are the driving force behind the wheel of destiny’s heartbeat
Time passes, my love
Lean into the sun’s rays, lean against the shoulder of strength and forgiveness 
Don’t hesitate
Time passes my love
Live your fate

July 6, 2015

My Haiku(s) For You~ Confection

the mind holds so much fear, give your heart up
looking high and low
I have a dream of you dear
deep and near to my heart

loving lifts you up
a smile each day to give away
kindness and caring

chocolate chips melting
hot sun sweetened confection
lips bursting with love

nocturnal ramblings
suddenly September blooms
lost in heady sweets

June 24, 2015


sick of this earth
sick of its death
down comes the rain
down comes its mirth

thunderous moments, evening sky
down comes the rain
don’t let me cry

tortured with grief, lie after lie
don’t let me mourn
don’t let me die

Can I Love You?

You were my friend, both night and day
You left
I left
Without a word
Neither could stay

Love came to you
I loved you too
I want out
Let me out
Take me away
Far, far away

Better to have loved
To die alone
To grieve

Death comes to all who have loved and lost
Can I love you?
Stay away
Let me die

The stench overpowers, overbears, stiffens the mind with repugnant dreams.
Hurt fills the room, it smothers, it strangles, it stifles the air with pungent memories.  Memories, sweet memories.  How I loved, in those memories.

June 22, 2015

Summer is Here

Peonies photographed by Angelique Manchanda-Peres 

this is the summer for peonies
delicate centers like tiny beads
colors sparkle in evening rain
song birds sing to an evening train  
winter frost and icicles gone
summertime, green is the lawn
beach shore calls, friends rush to play  
beautiful castles, waves topple away
kids wiggle their toes is the warming sand
then jump to run to the popsicle man
climbing trees and reading books
hide and seek, finding nooks
flying kites  and red balloons
hiking mountains and watching loons
prairie grasses and mud pie making
it’s summertime, fun for the taking

June 20, 2015

My Haiku for You~ Lonely Tear

Tear splashes tonight
anger, hurt, crying baby
guns killing again

Again and again
stop the evil, Lord, this day
beseech heavens, turn around

Look, the cost is death
pray for peace, all day and night
grant sorrow to end

The Seabirds Fly

June 18, 2015 - San Bernardino National Forest  
View from Palm Springs, Calif.  Photography:Reuters/Sam Mircovich

the air is thick with smoke
encumbered by the spray of resined goo
the seabirds challenge their wings
burning lungs and breath will choke
first one then two
the flights are low, then higher they sing
breezes change, seabirds remove your cloak
out to sea to grasp the clouds, time to renew

June 16, 2015

Iceland, A Landscaped Story


Photographs by Angelique Manchanda-Peres from Hofn in Iceland


Stark, stunning, striking and remote, an achingly beautiful scene of serenity within the eerie nature of landscapes;  profound in our words, as a living being waiting to be born.

Unique fields of grasses of greens and browns, dotted with rare sprays of wildflowers, showing off in front of a background of white ice-capped mountains and glaciers; only to be here.  

Night falls into a bleak yet profound and majestic melancholy.  How many ways can you describe such haunting music to be heard from this rapture in nature?

Most of these descriptive words were used by the people (friends of Angelique) who viewed her pictures. I was simply possessed when I read them all, I had to put them into sentence form. 

Angelique's view of nature, as you can see in her photographs of landscapes, flowers and people, are all beautiful in her eyes, and we are privileged to be a witness to this grace. Thank you, again, Angelique, for allowing me to show-off your world in pictures.

June 9, 2015

Love Notes

love is everywhere
love is here to share
love listens to voices far and near
love speaks a language for us to hear

June 6, 2015

Dawn's Flower


Dawn sheds light through early morning shadows, reflecting the raining drops of tears, each tear comes down from the eyes of God, mending the torn, the scarred, lovingly holding to the beauty of all earthly things.  
He sheds these tears for you, the flower who springs from the ground, amongst all, so precious and sacred, tenderly loving each, entrusting that delicate beauty to everyone; to nurture and love each other; to caress with gentle intimacy, cradled and sung to, admired and respected.  
Yes, this flower is all things to all people to hold up with dignity. As you and I walk the earth, we are to recognize each flower as one of a kind.  

We, the caretakers, hold out our hands to one another to feel the wetness of tears, the sorrows, the joys, inhaling the sweetness in respect of individuality - Only then, will flowers continue to bloom, and no two flowers will ever be the same.

Into The Sea ~ The little girl’s journey continues

The little girl opened the door and stepped outside; she had kept herself locked up for days, weeks, months, until her skin became pasty white, transparent as milk glass, which isn’t transparent at all.  

Now out in the air she walked, heading in the direction from which she was born, the sea. 

The little girl had missed the sea; toward the water that rushed upon the shore and covered her foot prints, she ran as fast as her little legs would carry her, straight into the ocean of blues and greens, of sandy surf.  Jumping over waves, skidding along the high crest and its low churning tide, she felt at home, no longer locked in her cave.

Cool, cold, warm, the water traced along her hair, down her back, stomach, and sides,
refreshed, sun quenched and alive.

Hear the waves, she shouted to the sky, hear the birds as they float on by
beat your chest, like wings, take a giant leap and come back to me, the sea shouted, you are mine to keep

Take a step forward, backward, taunting and chiding, no room for error
Footsteps lost beneath the rapids of foam splashed air

Screams are heard over land, the gulls sang, echoing their glee
The little girl turned aside, stepping with joy out and into the sea

She swam with the fish, the dolphins and the turtles, listening to the wild bird’s call
She danced with the moon, and smiled down upon them all

June 5, 2015

Earth Day ~ My Haiku For You

Earth sends out a call
imploring all to share love
Earth our blessed home

fly to kiss flowers
warm days, blue skies beckoning
drink the sweet nectar

water giving birth
meadows and gardens alike
hold fast tomorrow