Table of Contents 1. Thinking 2. Garbage Can 3. Silence 4. Strawberry cake 5. A Rare Fowl 6. Epiphany 7. On A Leash 8. Easter 9. Critters and Folks 10. If 11. A Blessing
1 Thinking Thinking, I wonder If my best friend could ever be that little mouse.
2 Garbage Can The tough, cavernous mouth yawns opens for any old thing I care to remove and shove in Musty newspapers, plastic bags, leftover Mexican dinner, cereal boxes, milk jugs, Chinese takeout containers fragrant pecan tree and ginger leaves, orange peel Receives them well! As though it knows today There is a time to scatter, to gather and a time to throw away.
3 Silence Sang a dove from the pear tree Where is she where is she? Called, unwilling to flee Fly to me fly to me and Silence came near. With wind and clouds to hear Where are you where are you? Sensing night and his fear I am here Attentively, Silence came near. Her voice was faint So soon so soon? Under a distant moon Cooing, he flew Remain there! And Silence nestled with pears.
4 Strawberry Cake Not to miss this sweet rosy kiss Concoction akin to perfection’s bliss The casual mention of strawberry cake whets appetites To line for a crumb, a morsel, a slice. More than milk and sugar and flour and eggs Strawberries activate forks and legs From shady places where they might reside Into a space of broad daylight. Agreeably, our tasks we seem to forsake With a casual mention of strawberry cake.
5 A Rare Fowl The peacock, a rare fowl Cannot imitate an owl Does not vocalize in words As do cockatoos, parakeets Should you ever hear him speak Remembered are his melodies. He lives on lawns, sometimes in zoos He walks on roofs. Although alarmed, he will not growl The peacock, a rare fowl.
6 Halloween Halloween’s thin veil is the last cool October evening (Some dress in a witch’s gown and hat for goodness sakes don’t do that… Become a nun or dress as one-an umpire not a vampire.) When costumed children and cloudy sky seem eerie shadows passing by Is just enough for me to see, silly as it seems I have misgivings about the living …on Halloween.
7 Epiphany To what measure Is an imprinted Epiphany Especially speaking? What will snow bring Paper thin stars Collaged, twinkling? Whose reflections become More brilliant than His Treasures, glistening? What say the date palm Of the season’s Sweetness, smiling? And what joy You bring To my heart Omnipotent Being Innocence peering.
8 On a Leash Why take your dog for a walk? Have you considered it might bark, run haphazardly into the street? Certainly superior using a leash for they snap at gnats jump for butterflies, iridescent dragonflies and wildly chase rabbits in dreams.
9 Easter Easter morning let the earth sing and squawk, and bray with palms, peep and chirp “He is alive Oh, happy day!” Creator of life family, friends and Spring chocolate, bright blossoms the loveliest things in His name, Happy Easter.
10 Critters and Folks Now, ther wuz critters Roamin about on ther paus Thru ole Mista Girauff’s garden Polite like, but lookin, lookin for sumpin Mighty tasty in vegtbles…sorta like Wes do down at the grocity d‘n This ro and dat seein what look good. And what you seppos thes see? Theys dig around and foun gol, Yez, theys find sompin look like leaves wid it in the earth Where ole Mista Girauff done hid his jar. Seein it no good, theys tweest and scratch To tech the green leaves that was so bad They spits em out! Ole Mista runs outside En hollers. Critters stood n looked at im Since leaves no good, dey just sit thar n stare Wonderin ‘bout what hapnen to ole Mista thes mornin.
11 If If the world were elliptical with an eclipse there would be an eclipsed ellipse; if the all the green were brown On the earth it would be a brown round. If all the salt water were fresh in the sea then there would be sweet sea. And if forests were filled with blackberries they would be berry full!
12 A Blessing May the Lord find in you His peace, morning mist gently moving to His will; May the Lord see in you His light brightly glowing For others to know. May the Father place in you His words, soft whisper Wisdom for your days, May He walk beside you For guide, angel’s wings In goodness overflowing.