Saturday, April 13, 2024

Receiving Joy

I have a walking friend 
who, very often, in the morning
quietly passes by these waters.
I feel quite sure her feathered friend,
waits in the stillness to meet her greeting.
She feels lightness, joy and euphoria
when indeed he treats her to see,
all golden reflective serenity.

But wait, please wait.
On the very next day,
over on the sea side of the bay
with shimmering all around
she is graced again to see him.
And in my heart I truly feel
the freedom and lightness they share.

Photo credits: SJ.
Great Egret, April mornings, Geelong, Australia


Monday, March 4, 2024

Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Here we are greeting
our first days of Autumn,
before the tree leaves turn to golden
and Morning Glory cycles through
beginning as blue,
then a brilliant purple hue
fades as the summer light
and sleeps again pink at night.

Other times will come and go
as the vine shines with every bloom,
before they fade to leave more room
for the greyer days of Winter.


Sunday, March 3, 2024


Every year in March
I wait by the bare earth
for any sightings of your birth
bringing an ever increasing joy of abundance.
First there is a tiny sign, growing higher,
then a white tip and a white stem
comes first.
One beautiful little crocus
showing itself
then growing in a day
to be a little mauve bud,
then an open bloom,
then a few little buds around
and finally the sound of me
cheering the happy family.
(And cheering you old friend, 77 years again)
The annual arrival of Mauve Autumn Crocus

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Touch Our Hearts

Yes, yes Dear Ones
there are always ways,
always ways for more
for sharing caring,
being there
bringing kindness,
sharing the goodness of your heart,
saving the environment
with your love
for the Earth
for the trees,
sharing seeds,
planting more seeds,
sharing smiles
food, warmth and shelter,
giving more, more unconditionally,
beautifully lifting all of life
whatever simple way you have
to be present,
to bring your peaceful heart,
to bring your quiet mind
to breath your harmonious ways
into the days for others
to know some kindness
to know someone softly touches their hearts,
moves with the trees in the breeze
as wings fly over and above
there is ever only Love.
Inspired with Jack Kornfield, Sounds True One conversation
Image credit: Lions Roar Buddhist Journal

Friday, February 2, 2024

Golden Light

How good would it be
if you were here to see these yellow carnations
as we celebrate the 100th birthday
with golden gifts
shining all the way to heaven today.

But we know you come and go
as in our hearts we are all free
so life goes forward as do we.
In my life,
and in the closing years of your life,
I lived with deep sadness.

Where did I find this sadness?
Was it from far away in other lands, places,
rivers or seas?
My mother's womb?
My father's heart?
My mother's heart?
Her mother's heart?
How do I call it to rise? 
To share feelings?
Is it a sad song? 
A past life? A yearning to belong?

A way through will come to me.
The truth yet to see.

Now, I am healed.
When I learned, to stand aside from it.
I found acceptance, peace, gentleness,
understanding, sincerity, release,
joy and freedom.
Then, and not til then,
did I meet my own devoted heart
and then, did I, then see,
all golden light on the path.



Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Elephant Ears Are Listening

Now the welcome lamp is lit.
I hear pixies whispering into Elephant-ears,
they giggle and slide down the slippery leaves
into soft places underneath
where they play until they fall asleep.