Friday, April 18, 2014

misplacing cats

i misplaced a couple of cats

yesterday....
despite the fact that i assured them
of the
safety
nourishment
and
fun
they would enjoy on our mountain
phyllis and cougar made a break for it
(they jumped off the high end of the porch)
before i could even initiate
a photo shoot
i've been shouting
here kitty, kitty, kitty
on and off for the last twenty-two hours
but alas,
i remain catless
and since i don't have a picture of the cats
i've included 
the drawing of me created by the six-year-oldwho gave me the cats
if this is how phyllis and cougar saw me
no wonder they jumped off the high end 
and
i misplaced a couple of cats
yesterday


what's the craziest thing you've misplaced? did you find it?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

moonshine stills and other things found

we hiked our mountain yesterday
in search of the elusive
lady slipper
that wild, north carolina orchid
my dad held so dear
and
when i was small
we hiked the hills,
him teaching me
trillium
flags
jack in the pulpit
blood root
but he always
treasured the lady's slipper,
it's pink bloom bringing to mind
my ballet shoes....
we didn't find any yesterday
but i did find
a fistful of flags
remnants of a moonshine still
part of a moonshine jug
a jack in the pulpit bloom
and
a fierce missing - i found that, too

how about you? what have you found lately that you weren't even looking for?

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Monday, April 7, 2014

upon a plow-ed field

looking out over
the plow-ed field
(i'm using the 
king james pronunciation)
hosea's words come to mind  
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come

fallow is so...un
you know?
unfertilized
unused
unfruitful
and what's fallow in my world
is the writing-i-used-to-love
i don't know why
i don't know how to break up this ground 
but
i'm seeking the lord
while i wait on words
and
a plow-ed field

what's going on with you? anything fallow in your world? what are you doing about it?

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Monday, March 17, 2014

do not destroy



i read psalm 75 yesterday
and
here's the psalmist saying 
we give thanks
because you are near
how?
how does he know that the almighty is near?
and here's the answer
you know, 
in the very next line,
people everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds
recalling his excellent gifts
proves-beyond-a-shadow
that 
he
is
near
and 
i find these wonderful -  
hank home for a gallon of milk
provision for new chickens after fox's visit
blood root buds (hope personified)
voices lifted in glorifying song
learning (again?) that even abraham needed grace
mountains' views
husband's oft-spoken phrase, i'll do it
soccer goals
grounders thrown in
and
laughter, always laughter

by the way, psalm 75 is to be sung to the tune of "do not destroy." in case you were wondering.

for what are you thankful today?


linking with michellelaurajen, jennifer