Sunday, December 31, 2006

in prayer
stepping back to see the rose
amid the thorns

Tuesday, December 26, 2006


walking together

through thick fog

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

teen fad?
menopausal monitor--
mood ring.

Monday, December 18, 2006

cold water
brushing my face--
alone at low tide
Ebbing waters
necessary journey--
alone at low tide

flushed face
icy hands and feet
seasonal paradox

Friday, December 15, 2006

the green house
revealed by God's messenger
square and sturdy

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

the vulnerable seed
picked up by the bitter wind

Friday, December 01, 2006

glowing sky
otherwordly clouds
breathing earth

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

God lightens our burden
as soon as we put it down--
He picks it up.

Monday, November 20, 2006

I clean my damaged soul
for the image of the Perfect
even in you
the dust of time
settles on my soul--
for God to touch
quietly, the finger
of God writes in the
dust of my soul

rag in hand,
I imperfectly clean
the dust of my soul

Thursday, November 09, 2006

impatiently waiting--
lusting for your life's blood--
a vampire bat
sometimes the security blanket
is too heavy
to let in the light
hidden under the blanket,
one must choose-- security
or light

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

dark and sticky
oozing anguish and heartache
restricting all in its path

Friday, November 03, 2006

rich and firey
gives way to chocolate brown--
stored sweetness

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

sweet and fragrant
in the cold morning air
jasmine tea

Friday, October 20, 2006

Screaming yellow leaves
appear suddenly among
the abundant brown
Fussy toddlers scream.
Hoards of teen girls run by--
Friday at Walmart
Forgive me, Lord
for my mind sometimes sprouts wings
and flies away.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

pounding raindrops
seeping paralyzing cold
into my heart

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Moving forward,
we step out in fear--

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

people are mirrors
held up by God for us
to see ourselves.

Friday, October 06, 2006

In the deafening silence
God Speaks.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I advance uncertainly,
yet balanced and centered.
I do not fall.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

angels heal
in the hidden
mists of sleep

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Autumn colored cat
hypnotically gazing
behind white lace
old woman
feeding a solitary
house plant
harvest moon--
reflecting on uncounted
drops of rain
the spider clings to the web
in the rain
fragile tree
uncertainly blooms in
the midst of drought

Monday, September 18, 2006

tiny diamond
ablaze with love
luminous offering

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

on the road
fighting for its life
the grass grows

Sunday, August 27, 2006

the apples
in the house are safer--
no bees
your head--
pounding against the earth--
the wound is yours

Thursday, August 24, 2006

volatile water
furiously whirling
bursting its boundary

Monday, August 21, 2006

the divine healer
with a single strand of love
knits me together

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

luminous gleaming
dwelling of the divine
imprisoned for love

Monday, August 14, 2006

August lawn
grows in patches.
Are there goats?

mid august lawn
yearning for independence,
grows unevenly
the lawn a quilt
of greens and brown
in the twilight
dancing on my brain
fading shadows

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

fleeting moments
bourne away by the wind--
dandelion time
I awaken
to a crisp August morning--
God's surprise

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

scraps of yarn
collected from my life
weaving into recovery

Thursday, August 03, 2006

cows in the stream
huddled in the shade
sizzling beef

Monday, July 31, 2006

searing heat
pours in the open window
while I clean

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

life is change--
like changing your clothes
in the public
of your own mind

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

what is hidden,
in the light of the blue moon,
is laid bare.
awakened at night,
I see shadows not perceived
in Standard Time.
the rain falls; and
prayers rise

Sunday, July 23, 2006

i move through;
drifting past a forgotten

The Heron

silver and airborne,
I spot it as I drive past
swerving to avoid me

Monday, July 17, 2006

I hear the music
but I am powerless
to play the tune
interweaving pattern
unrecognizable but
from a distance
twilight intonation--
the muted sound
of silent mourning

Sunday, July 16, 2006

the searing radiance
of complete love--realized
through reasonless gift
glowing like a ruby
it shimmers; lingering;
just out of reach

Friday, July 14, 2006

dons her wedding dress
patchwork fields of Queen Anne's Lace

Saturday, July 08, 2006

the earth trembles
in a deafening roar--
biker weekend

Sunday, July 02, 2006

is it a sin
to compose haiku
during Mass?
on a hot day
a woman fans herself
another wears wool
grey haired woman
on a hot July day
in a wool shawl

Saturday, July 01, 2006

dog growls
runs down the driveway
timid deer

Thursday, June 29, 2006

live in Gettysburg
see Abraham Lincoln
driving a car

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

the bright sun
declares the brilliant jewels
of God's Love
in my dream
a pink ambulance

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

dog under bush
furiously digging
unearthing the past

Saturday, June 10, 2006

enveloping warmth
invigorating coolness
each day a gift
I open my eyes
at midlife
suddenly unsure
of whether I am riding on a speeding roller coaster
or falling off a steep cliff
stripped away
like the bark of a tree--
the pain
of relentless sanding.

made bittersweet
by spring life

Monday, June 05, 2006

morning darjeeling
fresh in a flowered tea pot--
sublime happiness

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Shokkou Bishoujo

in dappled sunlight
piecing together my life--
she weaves silently

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I thank God in the
searing, end-of-May heat,
for iced tea.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

rainbow appears
behind barbed wire--
hope is alive

Thursday, May 25, 2006

slowly waking
on a winter morning--
thick fog lifting

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I call out
and the Spirit breathes--
infusing love.

Friday, May 19, 2006

late lilacs
God's graduation

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I am shown
the dark precipice and so--
move toward light.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

I need wisdom.
God said, "No you don't.
I am Wisdom."

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

flash of red
glimpsed through the trees
on black wing
white from yellow
blooming in the grass
not weeds to me!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

small yellow blossom
favorite childhood flower
do you like butter?

Monday, April 17, 2006

crimson bird
on new spring lawn ~
God's artwork.

Friday, April 14, 2006

the air is full
of abundant white petals
an Easter blizzard

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

perfumed flowers
in the warm spring air--
God's gentle love

Saturday, April 08, 2006

silent cows
under the trees
in the rain

Friday, April 07, 2006

follow the sign
to Karumi Garden--
fresh perspective

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Sweetie's Haiku

I walked with Mom.
She won't let me dig.
shake it off...
the blessing of
a chilly evening
with fire wood

Thursday, March 30, 2006

owls call
as the sun sets
i drink tea
run outside
comfort the dog
who saw a snake

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

lonely dove
mournfully cries--
longing for a mate.

Monday, March 27, 2006

TMI haiku

I'm a dog
therefore I must
roll in poo

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

clear and cold,
water bubbles over
the white rocks

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

two by two the geese
float calmly by and
follow us unnoticed
purple crocus
grows in onion grass
spring is here
cold dark clouds
bright warm sun
bi-polar March

Monday, March 20, 2006

Come back!
Stay away
from the guard geese
roots in the river
become a fierce monster
in a dog's brain

Thursday, March 16, 2006

walking Sweetie
food from friendly strangers
spoiled doogy!

Monday, March 13, 2006

breathe in the pine
scent of moist soil
spring perfume
honking geese
fly low across the water
fog lifts

Friday, March 10, 2006

frogs, geese...and an owl
pink clouds on a blue sky
peaceful evening
birds chasing bugs
watercolor sky
evening in spring

Thursday, March 09, 2006

small bursts of color
birds dart between bare trees
confident of spring

Friday, March 03, 2006

sun and moon
singing together
bundled up
the dog and I
sunset walk

the bitter cold
seeps through our layers
can't stop here!

Monday, February 27, 2006

word salad
crunchy colors
brain food

Monday, February 20, 2006

gnarled apple grove
slated for destruction
PA progress
with guitar
pensive troubadour

Thursday, February 16, 2006

in winter's depths
a warm day
emerging hope

Monday, February 06, 2006

xylophone ribs
remains of a deer
in icy mud

Sunday, February 05, 2006

detritus layers
nature's archeology
feeding all
in the canopy
--hidden--mystery birds
sing their song
endless energy
hyperactive otter
eats and eats
emerald waters
burgeoning with life

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

gentle arms
lovingly protecting--
weeping willow
loud BUZZ
giant bee?!
Ponderous oak
precariously leaning--
childhood cut down

Friday, January 27, 2006

A black crow
on a granite monument--
wintery day

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The fractured heavens
echo bewilderment--
winter thunder
bare of leaves
await Spring
like a desert snake across hot sands, travels;
wraps back upon itself;
and yet continues.

each "now"
light or dark--
God's gift
As I work
through the pain
everything I do
and each time I rest
is a gift from God.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Warm and golden,
giving comfort and strength
from history's hands
pieces of herself
from the last half century
fill four households
loving from beyond

~This is my first attempt at tanka, a lyrical 5 line poem from Japan.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Strong wind--
I am awake.
God's breath.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

It figures!

Warm rain, the grass grows
(after gifts of ski tickets)
in January

Sunday, January 08, 2006

I've run out of
medicine. I think I'll gnaw
on a chair leg.

(Thanks to dh for suggesting this med-free metaphor!)