Monday, December 31, 2012

Plastic Rose

Orange flower of
Faded plastic
Drinks in winter sunlight
Waiting through the cold outside
Alone, still bright.

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Whiter than a dove's wing
Touched with palest green,
Winter flower, you are a
Tea cup of spring's promise.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sea Shell

Curves and curls,
Pearled and striped with brown
Spiral record of ocean time
Counting years like tree rings.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Boy in Snow

Smile in Dad's eyes sparkles
And the grinning of his son. 
Brighter even than the sunlight
In joy at his boy's fun. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Noah watched and waited
At the window of the ark

Would the dove he'd sent
Return to him that day?

Then a flutter in the morning
Caught his ear, proved

To him God remembered. 
Healing had come. 

In his beak the dove carried
A green olive twig

Flood over; life back
Earth dry. White dove -

Messenger of peace
Carrier of hope

Tomorrow's restoration
New beginning.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Colors

Red and green
Christmas colors
Pine boughs and candy canes
Poinsettas and ivy
Glass balls, blinking lights
Fir trees, mistletoe
Ribbons, cherries
Little girls in velveteen dresses
Packages swaddled in bright paper
Tied with red bows
Christmas colors
Red and green

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Even the tiniest wreath can say
Welcome to our house Christmas Day.
Scent of forest come inside
Lures us to the countryside.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

Colors and lights
Sparkle and spangle
Shimmer and glimmer
Christmas tree.

Glass and wood
Plastic and metal
Shimmer and glimmer 
Christmas tree.

Joy and delights
Good tidings and cheer
Shimmer and glimmer
Christmas tree.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter Sky

Blue as a baby boy's blanket

Winter sky,
Azur like an ocean
Filled with rolling white breakers
A seascape awash with clouds,

Lit with cool daylight.
Tree branches bare themselves to you
Sunbathing on your 
Earthy shore.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Light Show

Swirly trails of light
Orange, red, blue, 
Yellowey, green;
Strings of incandescence
Waves of musical brightness
Twirls and curls
Shining show!

Friday, December 21, 2012

My Own Front Door

Front door 
Welcomes in
Neighbor and friend,
Stranger and vagabond,
When I am far away
Calls to me,
Beckons me home.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Little lamb
Come to earth
Born in a stable
Little lamb 
Little lamb
Precious lamb of God
You bring
 Joy! Joy! Joy!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Mysterious fruit 
Whose shape graced 
Ancient temple walls
Whose skin, shiny and thick,
Hides brightest red crystals
Bursting with tangy juice
And bitter seeds

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Flowers

Flowers of winter
Whiter than snow
And crimson
As red as cardinal wings!
Gold like the dawning light
Green as a fir tree.
December blooms

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Candiy

Chocolate fudge,
Pecan pralines, peppermints, 
Divinity in sweet white fluffs,
Candy canes, creamy caramels,
Lollipops, truffles, sugar plums,
Ah, the treats of the season!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Watering Can

Wood is ready for the fire
But still not needed
Today the sun is warm
The watering can still out 
From summer days
Is blue, sad, unneeded,
Firewood is happy for the reprieve!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gray Barn

Past your prime, 
Weary and bedraggled,
Barn, you once were the talk 
Of the countryside.
You were the jewel of the farm,
The envy of neighbors. 
Bright and new, efficient,
Well-designed and nicely appointed
Convenient, warm and loved
You once housed cows and horses
Chickens roosted in your rafters.
 Piglets were born 
Behind you in the pigpen.
Your loft held sweet summer's hay 
And a place to play on rainy winter days for 
A farmer's children
 Later for his grandchildren.
Your big double doors opened wide
 To warm summer days, 
Held out sleet, snow, and icy wind on 
Frosty December and January nights
Old barn, now you sit resting from your work,
Aged with the work,
 The weather, and the years.
Your farmers are gone on 
To their rest 
Before you.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Winter Berries

Winter berries 
Brighten the brown and gray world;
Splashing the drab page with orange paint
Singing the color of autumn pumpkins, 
Summer zinnias, 
Shouting the orange of spring tulips 
All winter through.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Apple cider like caramel 
From a tree; every drop
Beautiful and sweet
The juice of windfalls,
Over-ripened red and golden beauties,
Gathered and pressed
Salvaged like hidden treasure.
The taste of autumn's sunshine
Bottled up to be enjoyed 
Again on cold winter days.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tea Time

To share a slice of sweet cake
Still buttery warm from the oven
And a cup of fresh hot tea
With someone you love,
Makes a wintry day a celebration
Of home, family, and friendship

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Name Change, Please

Startling colors for winter
Your leaves brighten days and lift spirits
Your curls and swirls amuse me.
Croton, your name doesn't fit you;
It isn't playful enough.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Ginkgo leaves, like tiny fans
In the hands of proper southern belles, 
Wave and flutter in the trees. 
Soon they will lose their grip, then
With no more sound than a whisper,
Drop into the golden circle 
On the grass below
To become a part of the past.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


The pieces of our lives 
Arranged in rows and lines
By months and years.
In groupings
The light and the dark,
The bright, the colors,
The textures of
Happy and sad,
Of lonely times,
Of family times,
The touchings of friendships
Glued to each other with love's mortar.
Each piece large or small 
Fits together, like a patchwork quilt;
Makes our unique picture
Our humanity
Our stories 
God's design for our days.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


What men can create, craft, design,
Becomes your art when you play 
Light and shadow on it.

I see this iron fence in rain;
Droplets running down each curve
Like the surfaces of country roads in spring.

I imagine it with whitest snow 
Along the top bar and the spaces of the lower edge
Filling the lower curves of each circle.

I know it in summer with hot sun
And shade of towering oak trees, 
Making shadows dance there to silent music.

A gift you give to the sons of man 
To let him create objects of beauty and usefulness
You made us like you in this way. 

You add the crown of change
To that men makes, builds, grows
You define beauty.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Savannah River Bridge

Like another ship 
With wind in its sails,
The river bridge straddles the river.
In the afternoon light.
Blue sky with wind-whipped clouds
Is another ocean of crashing waves
A sailor longs to cross.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Lights and chimes
And nursery rhymes
Christmas's dreamy side.

Satin wisps 
And candle drips
The heady scent of pine.

Spick and sparkle
Tinsel and twinkle
Christmas sure is fine.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Morning Flowers

Cups to hold sunshine,
Color and dew
What would my morning be
Without you?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Paris Roses

One busy day
 I rested
In a small shop
Sipped a French Soda
At a round marble-topped cafe table
Sweet and simple pink roses
In a fluted silver vase
Sang to me
Smiled at me
Joy, simple, sweet!
God's hand in every place
Gives me flowers.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Sweet confection
From sugar cane growing
Tall in summer heat,
From groves of spreading trees,
To my waiting mouth.
Who imagined you?
Who created your mix of butter, sugar, and pecans;
Who boiled and stirred; 
Who beat and stirred and spooned you 
A puddle of wonderful sweetness?

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Aged city crouched waiting above the river
All rivers run to the sea
All rivers run to the sea

Port city where laden ships come and go
All rivers run to the sea
All rivers run to the sea

Brick city weathered by time and salt
All rivers run to the sea
All rivers run to the sea

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Camellia Sisters

Sisters growing close and looking alike
The shy one standing a bit behind the other
Feeling safer in the shade of the brighter 
And more outgoing personality.
Sisters together, strengthening each other
Holding tight, needing each other,
Staying close, upholding each other
Sisters cheering each other on
Sisters, taking a bow.