Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Magpie #145: Left Behind...

Red Chair

Photo presented by Magpie Tales
Poetry challenge presented by Tess Kincaid

Left behind...

this sturdy rust red leather chair
laden with ominous spirit 
embedded deep
dominance remains
imprisoned within
aged brass upholstery nails

feelings walked upon
like the thread-bare carpet
worn down with
emotional, physical
and spiritual abuse

the house was never a home
 repressed and cursed
peeled paint of lives torn apart
exposed now
to the purity of light
empty broken windows

it is not for sale
let it rot
let the echoes of muffled 
resentful screams
swallow it to its bowels
to dissolve and


Friday, November 23, 2012

Magpie #144: Squall of Memories...

Squall, 1986 by Andrew Wyeth

Photo presented by Magpie Tales
Poetry challenge presented by Tess Kincaid

he fought the howling winds
sweeping the rocky cliff
as the squall claimed
 the bright afternoon sky

flashes came
as they often do
haunted by memories told
from her grateful crew

 she had cursed the storm
as she gripped the helm
 steering into towering waves
of her beloved watery realm

their Father, now dead, taught her well
she always took after him
he never had the stomach for it
his sister had always said
the brother hated the sea
for it took them both
he carried the guilt of the eldest son
he would never be free

steadfast and dedicated
 to protect others from his fate
resolved to his earthly mast
the light house was now his home


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ode to Izzy...

Izzy girl

This is how she looks
when she wants to go
for a walk...
She has such intent
in her big brown eyes.

We've been together
three years now
we rescued her
the day of her
"last chance"...

She is such good company
very independent
very protective
very smart
no one can get
a half a block
from our house
without her 
letting us know.

I think rescued pets
are so grateful
 doing their best
to honor 
their rescuers.

She had a rough past
in her first year of life
we are her fourth
and final, forever family
a man or men were
 mean to her
so my husband has
to be extra gentle
and soft spoken with her
he is her
treat giver...

I cannot fathom
being mean
to an animal.

She sits in the sink
while I bathe her
giving me little licks
when I lean in
to wash her face...
she will not shake
to dry off
until I take her outside.
My favorite part
of her bathing
is after I have 
towel dried her
and she runs like a 
bullet train
to "air dry"
and rolls around
looking so happy
feeling so good.

Then she goes to the patio
furniture and waits
so I can trim her
patiently holding still
until I sit back
admiring how cute she is
then she looks at me
and waits...
when I tell her, "OK"
she leaps off the 
chair and runs around
so excited
because she knows
she will get a treat
for being so patient...
She looks so cute
and smells so sweet
I love giving her a bath
I just wish I could
learn to shave her
like a professional...
I will have to
U-Tube it and learn...

She observes
watches and listens
 adapting herself
to our life
and whatever we do.

She is not fond of the groomer
but she does what she has to do...
Same with boarding
but she leaps into
my arms when 
I arrive to take her home.

She has a neighborhood
of dog friends
but does not like
bigger dogs
certain breeds...
 she is a work
in progress
learning to be
more social.

During thunder and
lightning storms
she feels comforted
when I put a snug 
doggy shirt
on her
and if I am home
she wants to follow me
around and be where 
I am.

I have never 
heard her whimper
or whine.

She enjoys her toys
and is so grateful
when we give her
a new one...
singling it out
to play with it 
more than the others...

She likes to sit
on top of the back
of our couch
so she can see outside
so she can guard
the house. 

She puts herself
to bed
between 8pm
to 9:30pm
She sleeps in her crate
at night
(with the door open)
on her leopard print
lying on her back
ever so lightly.

Some times she
sleeps with us
unless we move around
too much
then she hops down 
and goes back
to her crate.

During the day
she may sleep on top of our bed
on her pink blanket
or underneath
the bed
on a piece of rug
when she really wants
to sack out
if I am away 
from the house.

She is respectful
of our home
and can be trusted
when we go out
for the day
or several hours.

I cannot
our life 
without her
she is a bundle
of furry love
and she is
our sweet
Izzy girl...


Wednesday, November 21, 2012


"As long as we have persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we can continue to grow. 
We cannot choose the day or time we will fully bloom.
It happens in its own time."

Denis Waitley

Monday, November 19, 2012


“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” 

― Denis Waitley

Friday, November 16, 2012


"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned,
 worn or consumed.
 Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute
 with love, grace and gratitude."

Denis Waitley

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Magpie #134: The Landscape of Positive Energy and Attitude....

Vallotton, Felix Verdun

Photo presented by Tess Kincaid
Creative Writing Challenge by Magpie Tales

The Landscape of Positive Energy and Attitude

positive energy and attitude
make a better landscape
for one's life
keep it simple
generate from love
see others
as yourself
shine your light gently
where ever you are
palms up
or palms down
always strive for enlightenment
by knowing
higher energy levels:
lower energy levels:
rise up and let go 
discard the heaviness
embrace the lighter load
there will always be
rocky terrain
and darker forces
but choose to know
there is more lushness in light
often light 
illuminates darkness
creating opportunity for expansion
 each of us
carry a sword
and a lantern...
whenever possible
choose the lantern