Thursday, February 28, 2013


Dark and bright
Black and white
Shadow and light
What do you see?
What can you find?
Follow your eye
From tabletop to water side.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blue And Yellow

Daffodil in blue
How your petals warm me
Won't you stay for tea?
Or as the sages warn me,
Do you come too soon;
Spring's not here to stay? 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wind Feathers

Whipped and worried by the wind,
Tall feathers of grass sway and  play
Like a maid's duster sweeping away
Tired air, cleaning it of last year and last year's
Making way for fresh air, and new.

Monday, February 25, 2013


A winter lake
Draws into its depths
Sunlight, yellow and orange,
Fading it with cold water
Saving it for the hot
Long days ahead.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Too Long

He lay too long
Lazing in summer sun
Watching children 
Play at the water's edge
In the warm sand.
He lay too long
Legs crossed
Reading a book
Under a shade tree
Too long sipping lemonade
Boaters left the lake
He lay too long
Beach chairs were put away
Leaves fell, grasses browned
Sand and water grew cold
He lay too long
He's long gone.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Red Boat

The red boat rests
Above the sand
Upside down 
Beyond the lapping water's edge 
Waiting, waiting for 
Waiting for children and paddles 
Waiting out the winter
Summer is on hold.

Friday, February 22, 2013


Sidewalk bricks
Bask in the afternoon sun
Scattered with acorns, sticks,
Last autumn's fallen leaves,
I can feel you, Texas,
Feel your summer heat
See your piney hills,
Flat plains, dusty highways
I can feel your wide sky.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

First One Up

First one up from the leafy bed
Daffodils raise their sunny heads

Lift their trumpets to their faces
Blast the song to sleepy spaces

"Spring is here. Wake up, All."
Look closely; you will hear the call.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beaded Basket

Pastel pearls reflect the light
Pink, yellow, blue, and white
Wire woven like wicker
Handle curled like ribbon

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Snowed Out

A Cardinal in a scarlet dress,
A Chipping Sparrow, and an English Wren,
A Red-Headed Woodpecker,
A Mourning Dove,
A Mockingbird and a Goldfinch
Came to eat at the local diner
Found it closed.

Monday, February 18, 2013


The mailbox stands
Through rain,
Sleet, ice, snow, wind
Waiting for seed catalogues
Waiting for February valentines,
Waiting for love letters
From spring. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Like static on an old 
Television screen
Snow falls and changes
Browns and blacks to
Fuzzy, feathery, freckly 
Gray to ghostly 
Goosedown white.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Winter Plant

Stalks of green
And in between
Wisps of dry gray
And white
Like an old woman's hair
The leaves of last year
Nestled snugly
Awaiting spring.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wind Song / Sun Song

Ting, tang, ting
The wind is a musical fellow
Ping, pong, pling

Bling, bing, tring 
The sun is his artsy brother
Sing, sang, song.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Reminds me of
Crayolas and
School days
Crayon smell
New books
Notebook paper
Chalk boards
Desks with pencil trays
Penny loafers
Cardigan sweaters

Monday, February 11, 2013

Like Water

Like water off a duck's back
A goose's feathers
Bead and drip
Washing feathers white 
White as snow.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Lake

Though the landscape is dry and gray
The lake reflects the sky today.
The water ripples with the breeze
Along the banks sunbathing trees.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Left Behind

Waddle, waddle,ducks 
Stroll through the park.
Is everything dull, 
Brown and gray?
Not today!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Rain Rain Go Away

Rain's okay for farmers and such
Rain is good for the garden.
But I want to play,
Outside all day
Rain, rain, go away!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Snow Coming

Rainy winter morning 
Birds have been busy
Stocking up
Eating for the cold ahead
They feel it coming;
Birds know snow.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Red Door

Behind the stone arch
Red door welcomes
Welcomes travelers
Glass broken and gone
Tree grown old since red 
Doorknobs turned
On the past.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Campfire with Grandpa
Toasting marshmallows
In the growing darkness
Making s'mores and memories.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Like a child's 
Paper fan
Folded quietly on
Grandma's summer porch
One lazy afternoon
Sea shell.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Lemon Roses

As yellow as a lemon
As soft as softest silk
As fragile as a butterfly's bespeckled wing
As smooth as baby's downy hair

As fleeting as a song, as fair
As precious as a gem
As sun-filled is this rose
As bright as gold

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Little girl and little red wagon
Happy combination!
Such fun and fresh air
Radio Flyer
Rolls and trundles
Carries kitties and dollies
And bulky bundles
Off to explore
Twenty acres or more. 
Good bye! Let's fly! 

Friday, February 1, 2013


A cake is some sweet happy thing for times when 
Everyone comes together
It's a birthday's main attraction,
A cake, a cake, a cake!
A special sweet for Sundays and company's coming dinners
For wedding receptions and baby showers,
For parties, and almost every favorite get-together 
A cake, a cake, a cake!
It makes the children dance with glee
Mama proud, It's wonderfully sweet
A husband pleased
A cake, a cake, a cake!