Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Up and Over


Up and Over

Rough stone
Sharp edges
One misstep
results in
brush burns.
Another could
mean a fall.
Find firm
footing and
up you go,
over the wall.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Columns


Columns

Stand upright
in rows or alone.
Bear the weight
or decorate a space.

Landmark for
 all who pass by
or approach and try
to take in your strength.

Tower over
your visitors,
not in dominance
but constancy.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

All Aboard

Photo by Dana Dampier

All Aboard

Board the train.
Take the ride.
Feel the cars shift
from side-to-side.

Look down the tracks.
They begin to blur.
Do they go straight
or take a curve?

The train moves on.
The tracks are sound.
Enjoy the journey
wherever you're bound.

Thanks to Dana Dampier for this week's Wordsmith Studio Creative Prompt-A Picture Worth a Thousand Words. Thank you for sharing one of your photos with us.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Deep Breaths

Deep Breaths

Breath
held in
awe and fear
released in
relief and relaxation
seen on
metal and mirrors
felt on
cold hands and 
warm necks

Life's first, life's last
Breath



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shadow Games



Shadow Games

All day, the trees
and the sun play.
Branches and trunks
get in the way
of the rays and
block them from
reaching the ground.
The forms change
as the light
moves around, but
the trees get credit
for casting the shadows.
Time runs out as
the sun goes down,
and the game is called
because of darkness.


Do you like to look for shadows?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Illumination


Illumination

Travel the road
as it unfolds,
straight or twisted,
paved or stones.

Trust you are going
where you need to go
with whomever
you are meant to know.

Wander unbowed
with a peaceful soul.
Look for the lampposts
and follow the glow.

I was looking through my photographs and this one caught my attention. A new Ekphrastic poem (a poem inspired by visual art) was born.

How do you navigate through life?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Balancing Act


Balancing Act

A change in
the seasons approaches.
A balance of:
daylight and darkness
alpha and omega
loss and renewal
Some go to seed
while others still bloom.

Thanks to JLynn Sheridan for this week's Wordsmith Studio Creative Prompt-Try to Remember. [Note: If you only know Jerry Orbach as Lennie Bricoe on Law and Order, click on the link to hear him sing Try to Remember from the Broadway musical The Fantasticks.] I took this photograph in September 2013 in the memorial garden I have in remembrance of my sister, Vicki. The milkweed has gone to seed, but the sedum, which blooms later, is full of flowers.

What thoughts or memories does the month of September bring to mind for you? 

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