December 29th, 2005

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Jane's Poem of the Morning!!

This is a rich poem, an homage to Jane's mother, to all mothers, to aging, to care!   I am thoroughly touched by this poem.

                Monkey pods

We¹d planned the day
the new museum
her heart¹s desire
yet when we made it through the line
I could see her
sag into herself
her rounded shoulders
trying to hold their own
but her eyes giving in
so when she eyed the wheelchairs
I asked
and she acquiesced.

How long should I stand
before this painting?
Is it the Aztec room or photography next?
Was the vase as interesting
if one was sitting?
I¹d ask but she demurred.
Perhaps getting close to her face
so she could read my lips
became more an interruption.
Suddenly all this was in my hands.

When we¹d tired
we left by way of the gift shop‹
her traditional post card for her
While she looked I window shopped
picked up a rattle
monkey pods tied and woven to a stick
I shook it near my ear
the soft shush of the pods swishing
a tiny clack when they hit each other
like a Tui bird in a banyan tree.
She was ready and we left.
Later when I said goodnight
she took my face in her hands
I want you to have that rattle.
I can¹t hear it but I saw you listen.

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Morning Nibbets!


living in the lull
between raindrops;
watching them slide
on each side;
sitting in the curve
of the spine,
where the sacrum
looks up to align the pit
of its fruit,
and the stem,
the tree
spoking the branches
of mind -




Like that, the fog turns pink
and dissipates
opening the valley
and the hills
on the other side -
trees graze there -
sheep caught motionless
like lives,
in time -



Gate Full

this day a lullaby
no shoulds
only a spread, like bamboo
weaving light
on the tips
of its leaves -
the hollow stems tap darkness,
and breathe -



the spoon of the bill
bends down, is full, the sea feels
the lifting, and drips.


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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and
more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn
a meal into a feast, a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes
sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.

~ Melody Beattie

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Resurgence Magazine -

I am enjoying my new copy of Resurgence Magazine today.  They are trying to double their subscriber base from the current 10,000 to 20,000.  If you are unfamiliar with them, check them out at, and sign yourself up if they appeal. 

My feet are still too sore from chemo for walking, and this particular issue just happens to have several articles exclaiming on the joys of walking.  I am okay with it.  I am in a peaceful place today, and accepting my sedentary days.
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Rilke -

I am starting to forget what I have posted, so may be doing some repeating, but these words of Rilke are so wonderful that even if you have seen them innumerable times, in my opinion, it can almost never be too much.  

Be patient toward all that is
Unsolved in your heart
And try to love the questions
Do not seek the answers
That cannot be given to you
Because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.
And perhaps you will gradually
Without noticing it
Live along some distant day
Into the answers.

- Rainer Maria Rilke