“Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Mother of Life
you all comfort and you sting
sometimes you’re a warm summer day
sometimes a frightening stormy spring
sometimes a crisp golden autumn
sometimes a harsh winter snow
cycles continue each minute and hour
let us make time to enjoy the show”
NATURAL BEAUTY AND OTHER POEMS, excerpt from Enjoying the Show, p.5
“Feel the dirt beneath our fingernails, the wet soil of spring gives us hope that winter will finally relinquish the hibernation we once needed.
But now, with glistening drops of rain, fresh daffodils and blades of grass, say ‘Wake up!’ It’s time to stretch again. It’s time to bring forth new life.
We receive, continue, and touch the love that inspires each new moment. Thank you, winter, for allowing us sleep, and thank you, spring for waking us up.
Like each passing day and each month’s new moon, our planet’s seasons refresh our known and forgotten vows.”
NATURAL BEAUTY AND OTHER POEMS, p.29
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We Still Have Something to Do
“Up and down, in an out, what will this day make?
Many things repeat, maybe some things change. Easier yesterday? Not so true today. Taking life as it comes? That’s too hard to take.
Waking up once again; wrong side of the bed. Made your bed? Now lie in it? Can this be true? Are we doomed to repeat ’til we recognize? Waking up simply means we are not yet dead.
Sometimes gay, sometimes not, sometimes we don’t know. Feelings come, feelings go; a cloud floats away.
Rise my friend. Do report. There’s work to be done. Clear your mind and perform ’til it’s time to go.”
NATURAL BEAUTY AND OTHER POEMS, p. 4
“We need a change of view, not just sight but heart too.
The snow has fully melted and spring cleaning comes to mind. So many things to do, so many things to undo.
Mend the fences, pick up branches, groom the trails. What are the chances that all of this will be delayed once we find more urgent repairs are needed once the puddles have receded?
We need a change of view; looks like Spring will more than do.”
Natural Beauty and Other Poems, p.40
Shakespeare reveled in midsummer
Enjoying his Athenian romp
While humbly we survive midwinter
With no circumstance or pomp
No funny or cunning storyline
No hint of subterfuge
Just a lonely cold winter’s landscape
Neither miniature or grandly huge
Missouri is a compromise
Of pain and revelry
The past too painful to forget
The future too bland to see
Such is life in February
When we but hibernate
Perhaps in Spring our joy will return
But now we simply wait;
Now we sit and wait.