February 17th, 2006

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Good Morning!!

Here are my morning thoughts!!


There are some clouds today,
soft ones,  floating like rabbit’s feet,
beckoning me to follow
them for guidance,
as they move slowly west,
an unusual direction for here,
where everything usually pours off the ocean,
and scuttles to
New York.
I like knowing I taste the weather first,
and today, feels like that, too,
as the clouds move past my eyes,
like fingers,
on their way to soothe
the sea.
Like blessings,
clouds are spread,
and some I take in,
and melt on my tongue,
while others caper
like leaves
on trees,
the wind. 



Where To Start

Put the horse before the cart,
but I don’t have a horse, or a cart.
I’ve been gasoline powered too long.
I’m looking for solar now, and wind.
I hook up my windmill and blow it like a song.
I am lifted on longing,
like a balloon rising.
I plant stones,
to climb the sky.


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Jane's poem of today!

Jane says, "Good morning everyone.  I am sitting today with fear and courage, apology."

It was so brief.

Our sleeves touched.
I didn¹t notice.
Then from behind, "excuse me."
Like a voice through anesthesia.
"The lesson for today is excuse me."
Like a lover leaving.
I turned.
Our eyes met.
There was the human face of history¹s hungry gift.
There was everything the rules had taught me.
There was where the damage lay.
There was the place my courage failed.
"I'm sorry."

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For my mother today -

So many things fail to interest us, simply because they don’t find in us enough surfaces on which to live, and what we have to do then is to increase the number of planes in our mind, so that a much larger number of themes can find a place in it at the same time.

Ortega y Gasset

May this be so, ever-evolving like our brains, more richly layered, to ground and soar.
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Words from the Dalai Lama!

"The true essence of humankind is kindness. There are other qualities which come from education or knowledge, but it is essential, if one wishes to be a genuine human being and impart satisfying meaning to one's existence, to have a good heart."

-Tenzin Gyatso,
The 14th Dalai Lama
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check-in -

I am not feeling well today. It is cold and softly raining, and I am resting, and napping, and trying to read, but it really is too much for me today, so today, is a day to put a blanket over myself, and know that winter is still here for me. I just realized I missed Groundhog's Day, February 2nd. Well, it seems Groundhog and I agree. Winter is still here. I hope you are standing in Spring!
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dinner -


I pick young rosemary today
to layer with chicken, carrots,
garlic, potatoes -
the tendrils are soft like curls,
they lie there,
the vine.  


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this day -

The poem of this morning evolved to this. I debate putting it here, but, perhaps, it does offer something of my experience, and what I am learning, so I do.

On a Rough Chemo Day

I read of the death of a friend’s friend,
like that, November to February,
and I am caught on points of pain,
as I am given increased chance for life,
with chemo,
which goes through my body,
like Drano,
and kills
rapidly growing cells
so I have no hair
and my tongue is sore,
and hands and feet
and organs and bones.
I am given a chance to come back,
to grow new hair, and cells like boats,
to float in this ocean that seems to be me,
and I, it.
Everyday, I am grateful
for the gift of that chance.
I look up at the sky,
the only place to look,
its guidance my hook
and I climb
the stones inside,
the jewels placed there
when I pause,
when I slow,
when I am asked
to remember,
please remember,
from January to December,
to look.