short and sweet

poems, phrases, quotes and brief thoughts.

changing seasons

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

changing seasons

changing seasons…

from donating to Goodwill

to shopping there

 

behind the scenes

I wrote this haiku last year when my husband and I returned from traveling Europe for half a year. 

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irish memories

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013

irish memories

the bar’s walls

lined with dollar bills

she writes

a note to her future

husband, whoever that is

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wake up

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013

wake up

“The way you make love
is the way God will be with you.”
~ Rumi

Tonight I am absent and you can see it in my eyes. Plans, bills, another appointment to remember – there’s always something else on my mind.

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a year of rowdiness

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2013

a year of rowdiness

The small man

Builds cages for everyone

He

Knows.

While the sage,

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the little things

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

the little things

It’s been several weeks now that I’ve been spying on them – the five sparrows – or as I have now educated myself, fledglings.  It was in early spring that I heard a mysterious tapping on my front door.  Irritated and ready to give this “tapper” a piece of my mind, I noticed my cat sitting quietly and alert by my door.  So I had another idea…

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blessing (rumi)

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

blessing (rumi)

I want to be where

your bare foot walks,

because maybe before you step,

you will look at the ground.

I want that blessing.

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dutiful wife

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

dutiful wife

he is sitting in the front seat

eyes fixated on the road ahead

 

she is behind him

head down, quiet, dutiful

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the wind replied

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

the wind replied

Sitting on the ledge of my cage

One morning I thought…

What if I flew away and never came back?

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the cage and the nest

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

the cage and the nest

One day a little bird challenged his friends:

“What if we are not in cages, but in nests?”

“That is ridiculous,” they replied.

“Look at the metal bars around us

and the lock around the door.”

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the torero and the bull

Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012

the torero and the bull

I love you as a torero

does a bull

with two daggers in each hand

bravely

quickly

I pierce the heart

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holy pirate

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012

holy pirate

People turn away from the man with the deeply scarred face.  While their heads focus in another direction, their eyes keep darting back at him, desperate to take another look.  In him, there is love.  In him, there is beauty.  He is like so many of us – filled with hurts and imperfections – only his are more visible from the outside.

Inside us all, we carry a treasure box.  Although filled diamonds and rubies, it has been deserted and collected cobwebs.  In fact, so many spiders and creatures are crawling all over this treasure box, people no longer search for it.  But it is still there. 

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if you were a cigar

Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012

if you were a cigar

if you were a cigar
your pull would be strong
finish, forever lingering

my lips would soften
growing wetter at the very thought
of holding you with my tongue

on lonely nights, I would put you in my purse
set you on a velvet chair
and slowly undress you

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like animals

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

like animals

Let us speak to ourselves
as we would
to a lover in need
to a friend in doubt
in honesty and goodness

Let us speak plainly and simply
Looking one another straight in the eye

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my selfish desires

Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2012

my selfish desires

I want to fly away and join in your singing.
Where I belong.  Where I do not have to learn
Or memorize or prove my worth.
I want to close my eyes to the rules
Of language and action, and, like you,
Spread open my wings freely.  Where I can rove
And soar.  Where I can rest in the shadow
Of others. Where I can follow and humbly
Listen to your song.  I want to make a wish
That will come true without the tears

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rainy day

Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

rainy day

Soft tears trickle down the sunset facing window.
This old town must know I will soon be leaving –
or perhaps it is the perennial pattern of June’s gloom.
Whichever, my heart is content.

 

behind the scenes

It was a rainy day in June, the same month I was moving from the town where I lived for several years.  There was a sadness in the air, but also an acceptance and joy.  That is what these few words are about.

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