Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

Haiku: Fearful Symmetry

Problem solved now what?
Windmills gone, life grows calm
Is this feeling peace?


Full Moon and Empty Arms

White hair can’t disguise
Longing heart that beats within
When I hear that song.


Haiku: Odd Birds

My new neighbors honk.
Pair of geese who winter spent
Flying patterns rare.

Standing on my roof
Bellies full from neighbors’ crumbs
They seem quite content.


Haiku: Illumination

Yellow candle flame
Center of my morning prayer
Thank you for your light.


An Existential Trilogy: Haiku In Three Parts

At a turning point
Possibilities abound.
Shall I go or stay?

Dreams dissolve in shreds
Imaginings fall apart.
Old loves comfort still.

Ponder future scenes.
Time to take a daring leap
Who knows where I’ll land.


Haiku: Family Inheritance

My past breathes through me.
Words and stories – treasured gifts
Form my legacy.


Negotiating Lunch

When my son and his family dropped me off after our extended family Easter brunch my grandson James asked if he could come to lunch the next day. I quickly rummaged through my refrigerator mentally and said yes. I volunteered that I had deli ham and cheese and “healthy” bread (meaning not likely to be something a thirteen year old would like). James replied that he could bring macaroni and cheese, at which his almost sixteen year old brother groaned as a put-down to his younger brother who considers himself quite the chef. My daughter-in-law, who well knows that I am mostly retired from cooking, offered to send along some left-overs she had on hand. Menu settled we set a time for James to be dropped off at my apartment the next day. Game on.

James arrived with a goodie bag. We explored what his mother had packed and found the remains of a Key lime pie (his mother remembered that is one of my favorites), chunks of cantaloupe and a big bag of potato chips. On my part I had come up with some little pecan tartlets purchased at the grocery store bakery left over from a pot luck with friends. Also I discovered I had bagel thins on hand we could use instead of healthy bread. I laid out the sandwich fixings and we were ready to roll. James suggested we grill our sandwiches in the toaster oven. I replied that in my experience bagel thins tend to get too dry in the toaster oven. Then James, always looking for new ways to do things, said lets add fried eggs to our sandwiches. Yes! He got out a skillet while I got stuff from the refrigerator. James chose three eggs, expertly cracked one for me and fried it over-easy to perfection. He did the same with the other two for himself. I started setting the kitchen table but James wanted to eat on the dining room table. He wanted candle light and music, too. A young man after my heart since that is how I eat my dinner. He put the icing on the cake when he said he preferred old-time music. We agreed on Chet Baker and his jazz horn to accompany our meal. There we sat, two friends two generations apart mutually sharing a convivial lunch.


Haiku: Mentor Me

Wise ones tell me how
To pick ripest fruits of life,
Squeeze and drink my fill.


Haiku: On the Cusp

Small red buds appear
On the eve of new green leaves,
Harbingers of spring.

Soon this moment flees.
I would like to linger here,
Relish beauty now.


A Haiku: If I Had a Hammer

Hammers tap in nails.
Posters everywhere declare
Peace begins with love.