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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2007

This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2007 — the good, the bad, the active and the retired.  It includes content written for The Quote Garden as well as personal journals and writings.  Some entries were originally untitled with a title added later, and some were first published under other pen names.  —tg, 2023

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The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.

      TITLE:  Wintermind
      DATE:  2007 Mar 4

earth dreams of spring
in her winter slumbers
she dozes on and off —
then trembles wide awake
a silent green earthquake

      TITLE:  Spring awake
      DATE:  2007 Mar 4
      NOTES:  revised

Life is not always fair — sometimes you get a splinter sliding down a rainbow.

      TITLE:  Asperum
      DATE:  2007 Jan 14
      NOTES:  revised

Spring translates earth's happiness into colorful flowers.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 26

Purple is the soul-lifter
Red, the flame of passion
Yellow, the light of warmth
Green, vibrant stem of life
Pink, a whisper of beauty
Orange beckons, take a chance
Blue is the sea tide in us all

      TITLE:  Listen to the colors
      DATE:  2007 Jan 7

Nature remembers every injury but forgives by going on.

      TITLE:  Hatchets, shoetread, storms, & disdain
      DATE:  2007 Jan 27

Each morning begins with the triumph and celebration of waking to a new day and the blessing of being able to get out of bed. What better way to start the day than with a success like that?

      DATE:  2007 Nov 17

Dying ain't pretty. Death is beautiful.

      TITLE:  A final breath in winter
      DATE:  2007 Jan 26

The death of a loved one is a sudden silence — one of those deafening silences that leaves ringing in your ears.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 26
      NOTES:  revised

late June, monsoon — kaboom!
patter, splatter, fat drops gather
splats, taps, windowpane raps
wind whips, swish, whish —
summer's rumbling thunder
flash, crash, lightning dash
plash, splash, sky unlashed

      TITLE:  Summer wonder
      DATE:  2007 Aug 4
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ  ArᎥɀønα

Tear up your frustrations into confetti dreams.

      TITLE:  Lighten the heavy
      DATE:  2007 Jun 10

Flowers rewrite soil, rain, and sunshine into petal'd poetry.

      TITLE:  The graceful and beauteous
      DATE:  2007 Mar 11
      NOTES:  revised

graves are not limited
to the cemetery —
they lurk in our minds,
and buried in our hearts
lie garlanded stones
marking loved ones lost

      TITLE:  Inscribed
      DATE:  2007 Mar 17

Frustration is nothing more than letting your own mind bully you.

      TITLE:  Mind own secrets
      DATE:  2007 Mar 26

The mind can cook up very subtle syndromes to throw at our bodies.

      TITLE:  Emotion sickness
      DATE:  2007 Jun 11

...the sweet wildflower breath of spring...

      DATE:  2007 Feb 4

The tougher you are, the more fragile.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 26

Literature lights the ages.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 5

Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?

      SOURCE:  journal
      DATE:  2007 Jan 1

Authorship is exhibitionism, and readers a species of voyeur.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 6

Grief is your emotions composing a goodbye letter to your loved one.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 28

Death is not warden of life, not thief, nor enemy — but Life's most equal partner.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 24

For some, pleasure is a fever they can't shake. For others, it's a disease they cannot seem to catch.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 5

Death:  the longest of our long-term goals.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 24

The past falls away in wilted petals,
New things will come, probably nettles.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 26

My younger passions are still listening as I age.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 11

A sold poem loses half its meaning.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 1

Why do we alienate ourselves so much from our bodies? It's that big piece of machinery attached to your head.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 2

buried with love and starshine—
a grave ever glowing with memories

      DATE:  2007 Jan 29
      NOTES:  revised

Our souls are infinitely swirling colors of stardust and hope.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 1

Don't let your anger take the shape of fists.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 3

Pleasure and self-discipline must stay close friends.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 13
      NOTES:  revised

If I had to sum up Friendship in one word, it would be Comfort.

      TITLE:  The real
      DATE:  2007 Mar 3

Earth is a sunny success.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 12
      NOTES:  revised

When we fear death, we are letting him wrap his bony hands around our necks during the best times of our lives, choking us with imaginary threats and preventing us from breathing the pure air of now.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 24

Death is not poison but merely life's final remedy.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 24

All of life runs through the veins of death.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 24

rain and wind speak
of more than just
water and air —
rain patters hope
wind whispers let go

      DATE:  2007 Mar 22
      NOTES:  revised

The elation of flying is worth the pain of sprouting wings.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 3

Replace fear with gratitude, and your whole world changes.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 19

Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 19

We learn to wield our own strengths, and fear flips over — dead!

      TITLE:  Getting along, stopping not
      DATE:  2007 Nov 10

She was beautiful because she always had the glow of grace.

      TITLE:  Tears gliding down regret
      DATE:  2007 Jan 26

It's easier to write poetry on a bad day, when your heart has been halved and emotions bleed out through the pen.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 17

Literature — a lighthouse to lost souls.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 5

the warm seed of life
the green stem of living
sweet carpe-diem flowers

      DATE:  2007 Jan 5

Action battles doubt.

      TITLE:  The sword of doing
      DATE:  2007 Mar 16

Shall we compare our hearts to a garden —
with beautiful blooms, straggling weeds,
swooping birds and sunshine, rain —
and most importantly, seeds.

      TITLE:  Rich soil
      DATE:  2007 Jan 1

it's a glorious day
i pray
it's a glorious day
i pray

      DATE:  2007 Jan 5

You need special shoes for hiking — and a bit of a special soul as well.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 23

When the soil disappears, the soul disappears.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 16

An evening walk gives the body and mind a chance to forgive the trials and tribulations of the day, to shed the rubbish and mental clutter before retiring for the night.

      TITLE:  Walk it off
      DATE:  2007 Mar 24
      NOTES:  revised

foggy heavy-gray teary-eyed low-hanging
snow-stuffed melancholy winter clouds

impulsive wayward turbulent thick-swift-dark
tempestuous hail-angered storm clouds

sprinkling lighthearted fanciful breeze-drifted
rainbow-nestled April-hued springtime clouds

enormous white-fluffy fairydust-fringed
frolicsome sun-illumed carefree summer clouds

thunderous intense restless rain-soaked
lightning-streaked July-dyed monsoon clouds

azure-skylit sunglow-slanted edge-gleaming
white-silver billowy contemplative autumn clouds

vivid vibrant blissful dawn-lit joy-beamed
daybreak-florid sunrise-tinted morning clouds

aimless airy midday-lazy wandering listless
mountaintop-floating leisurely afternoon clouds

amber-ablaze day’s-end-pink ephemeral-amethyst
evening-welcome smoky-embered sunset clouds

lambent star-flanked luminous moon-halo’d
glowing shadow-painted skygazers’ night clouds

      TITLE:  Sky-happy
      DATE:  2007 Aug 3
      NOTES:  revised

The flowers of the past are dead — but their wilted beauty and potpourri aroma enrich the present with memories.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 4

the glow from
one magical kiss
lights several years

      DATE:  2007 Jul 30
      NOTES:  revised

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.

      TITLE:  Helping freely
      DATE:  2007 Apr 8

Art is faith that our souls may be made visible.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 30

Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear — and devils, too.

      DATE:  2007 May 4

Being an author is being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

      DATE:  2007 May 4

A poet is inmate, and warden, to his own mind.

      DATE:  2007 May 4

A clock is ticking
in my living room —
I never even noticed
that it makes noise —
my mind is ticking,
my heart is ticking.
Everything quiet
is audible at 3 a.m.

      TITLE:  Blaring quiet
      DATE:  2007 May 5
      NOTES:  see also "Tempus nunquam dormit," 2006

Give your stress wings and let it fly away.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 5

When I get stressed out, I am rubber-stamping all my organs "Urgent!"

      DATE:  2007 Jan 23
      NOTES:  revised

Pretty is the queen that rules our land, o'er
hard-working peasants known by Substance.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 16

Spring breezes drift and tiny May birds chirp in morning's dawn-lit heart.

      DATE:  2007 May 1

Greens feed our souls, refresh our minds, nourish our grateful bodies.

      TITLE:  Ascending
      DATE:  2007 Nov 16

I dig old books.

      DATE:  2007 May 3
      NOTES:  The Quote Garden tagline

Poetry staggers, drunken but wise, amongst the stars.
Philosophy plots its own steady course to the sun.

      TITLE:  Mindpaths
      DATE:  2007 Nov 10

Poetry staggers amongst stars, drunk on the night.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 10

Death marches on — an army inexorable, its tireless soldiers obeying orders of fate.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 24

our heart dies with us
but our soul lives on
born into weightless spirit
becoming colors of the dawn

      DATE:  2007 Jan 27
      NOTES:  revised

For the most part, Western medicine doctors are not healers, preventers, listeners, or educators. But they're damned good at saving a life and the other aspects kick the beam. It's about time we bring some balance back to the scale.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 25

Behind unfinished art cries an unfinished artist.

      TITLE:  In progress
      DATE:  2007 Jan 5

Some stand on tiptoe trying to get closer to talk with God. Drop to your knees and listen — he will hear you better that way.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 4
      NOTES:  revised

...a soul flowering with spirituality...

      DATE:  2007 Jan 3

Sons quote their fathers, in words and in deeds.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 8
      NOTES:  revised

When an illness knocks you down, stay and relax a while before trying to get back up.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 14
      NOTES:  revised

Writers are just people who have a whole lot on the inside that they need to get to the outside, with pen and paper their preferred method of transport. Same with artists, dancers, singers — all the same urges with differing transportation.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 3
      NOTES:  revised

flowers don’t open to the clock
but to the sunshine spontaneous—
for modern humans that manner
of instinct is now extraneous

      TITLE:  Clock work
      DATE:  2007 Feb 8

There's no other love like the love for a brother. There's no other love like the love from a brother.

      TITLE:  Brotherlove
      DATE:  2007 Apr 2
      DEDICATED  TO:  Doug & Steven

Leaves, questioned by winter, fall.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 26

Poetry treks through our souls and tells us in rhyme of the adventure.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 3

Happiness is breathlessly chasing you.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 3

The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me become an early riser and an early doer. If I wake after it's already light out, I feel that the world has started without me — I slept right past the solitude.

      TITLE:  Early riser
      DATE:  2007 Feb 18
      NOTES:  revised

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessèd world.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 19

Poetry touches upon the entire spectrum,
from lost to found —
and sometimes back again.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 26

Why throw trash into the treasure-house of your body?

      TITLE:  Junk food curse
      DATE:  2007 Apr 9

Water, sunshine, soil —
essential for growing flowers;
but would they not flourish
all the better with a
sprinkling of poetry?

      TITLE:  Nourishment
      DATE:  2007 Apr 9

No matter the path you're on, action is hard work and you must drive your own soul.

      TITLE:  At the helm
      DATE:  2007 Nov 27
      NOTES:  revised

Grief is a burden
but also a friend—
It is not grief that
wounds your heart
but it is grief that
heals your heart.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 13

Listen to the earth with your feet.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 18

Put in 5 % more effort than "there's only so much I can do" and you'll be way ahead of the game.

      TITLE:  Five percent
      DATE:  2007 Nov 30

Chaos is the pulse of the universe.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 1

Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn.

      TITLE:  Spirit moves
      DATE:  2007 Jul 7

Hate cages all the good things about you.

      TITLE:  Bound
      DATE:  2007 Jul 5

Under the stars we are none of us foreigners.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

Spring is being blessed and happy,
      with blooming flowers.
Summer is being blessed and hot,
      with abundant sunshine.
Autumn is being blessed and reflective,
      with colorful leaves.
Winter is being blessed and chilly,
      with sparkling snow.

      TITLE:  Year-round gratitude
      DATE:  2007 Aug 14

Wellbeing starves addiction.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 12

Summer plays beneath the sultry sun,
Autumn brings lots of work to be done.

      TITLE:  Harvest
      DATE:  2007 Aug 8

In the grief of losing someone,
Why do I feel like the lost one?

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

Prose is too coarse, too heavy for romance —
We need poetry for love & all things of chance.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 4

Winter is the gray, bare shell of spring.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 22

Shhh. Your soul is humming its tune. Listen well.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 22

When you're used to hearing purring and suddenly it's gone, it's hard to silence the blaring sound of sadness.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

Tea elevates our minds so that we can see our problems from a distance — through the fine mists of contemplation.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 10

Hope is much like a cat in the Dark — you only know it's there by the reflection of its eyes — which means there is Light nearby.

      TITLE:  Reflections on hope
      DATE:  2007 Nov 10

The flame of love is now just a cold loneliness.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

Old Books and fresh Flowers
Hot Tea, “thought in cold storage”
Brief the Verse, Reverie on hours
Poetry—her Mind's sweet forage.

      TITLE:  Old books & fresh flowers
      DATE:  2007 Mar 26
      NOTES:  quoted text is Herbert Samuel

Angels in disguise are flitting about everywhere, but hospice workers are the pure light of angels unmasked.

      TITLE:  Jane
      DATE:  2007 Jan 23

Somehow among all our use of antibiotic medicine and antibacterial soap our souls are becoming sanitized as well — don't let it happen to you!

      DATE:  2007 Feb 12

the sweet aroma of dawn
our daily opportunity
to smell untouched time
to breathe in fresh hope
each morning being
a new beginning —

      DATE:  2007 Feb 18
      NOTES:  revised

A critic would sacrifice the entire rose to find fault with the thorn.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 11

Some kind of tragic loss happens somewhere between kitten and cat, between child and adult, between innocence and ego.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 4

People flourish better when splattered with creativity.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 9

Many words:  boring
Few words:  stimulating

      DATE:  2007 Feb 11

Death is just a final breath.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 27

I hear the passing echoes of winter and feel the warming springtime sun.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 5
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ  ArᎥɀønα

Money is a headache, and money is the cure.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 7

Sunbeams shine through the clouds,
Faith shines through all my doubt.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 31
      NOTES:  revised

Tea is a magical calming elixir — kind of like if coffee had a therapist.

      TITLE:  Calm in a cup
      DATE:  2007 Apr 9

I'm not sure if I've had too much coffee, or if it's had me.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 20

Time strode with the swiftness of spring blossoms.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 7

Stress flails itself down trying to block our every path of happiness.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 21

Wailing, bearing flowers
and collapsing to her knees,
her hot tears fall upon me—

But I remain unmoved,
stone-faced, above it all—
her face etched with grief
and mine with the years,
weathered with past life—

Gently she touches my face
and presents me the flowers—
I’ve seen her cry many times
but it is my nature to be
rough and cold, grounded
in reality I know nothing else—

Still she keeps coming back to me
and though I cannot give her love
I will always guard hers.

      TITLE:  Stone-faced
      DATE:  2007 Apr 23

Sometimes a headache is all in your head. Relax.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 23

Prayer lights our souls through dark times.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 21

A writer is successful not because he writes paragraphs but because he writes emotions.

      TITLE:  Conduit
      DATE:  2007 May 14

An illness of the mind is an illness of the body, and vice versa.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 27

Age is a prison
we cannot escape
but only by death
into another world

      DATE:  2007 Jun 27
      NOTES:  revised

Adulthood is when the ghosts of childhood appear.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 30

Innovative capitalists have tried to rewrite nature, but in the long run nature always wins.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 8
      NOTES:  revised

Have you hugged someone your appreciation today?

      DATE:  2007 Jun 16

Paws carry heart and fur,
Whiskers and vibrato purr.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 27

Let grief and guilt stay not too long as houseguests.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 28

a race to the typewriter keys
before that brilliant idea flees

      TITLE:  In a nutshell
      DATE:  2007 Nov 18

I like people who don't need a lot on the outside because they know there's so much good on the inside.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 30

Spirit can walk, spirit can swim, spirit can climb, spirit can crawl. There is no terrain you cannot overcome.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 17

Stardust sails endless distances through the silent ages until, white-hot, it strikes a ready heart.

      TITLE:  Love at first sight
      DATE:  2007 May 18

Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 6

The best cure for writer's block is insomnia.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 12
      NOTES:  revised

If God asks that you bend, bend and do not complain. He is making you more flexible, and for this be thankful.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 29

Invisible tears are the hardest to wipe away. Just let it out, my friend.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 23

No one understands you and yet there's hope — then finally one day you find someone who does and no matter what, life will always be good thereafter.

      TITLE:  Not alone
      DATE:  2007 Oct 19
      NOTES:  revised

Proverbs generalize the verdicts of the world.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 20

My soul lives somewhere between silence and the moon.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 30

An artist's instinct is more refined than the typical mortal's.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 16

Leadership is often nothing more than doing the right thing and inspiring others to the same.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 12

Dreams grow like wildflowers in her soul.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 1

...wildflower dreams blooming in her soul...

      DATE:  2007 Dec 1

Every day is a new opportunity to be grateful, and enjoy the world, and improve it — in our own little ways.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 9
      NOTES:  Yep, it's a bit too E. B. White, isn't it.

Winter stars blaze in silent joy.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 14

Your soul is a trouper. If you find you're stronger than you thought, don't waste a moment being surprised by it — use that strength and get going on whatever it is you've been holding yourself back from doing!

      DATE:  2007 Nov 10

Being out of control is one of the worst feelings in the world, sometimes even worse than pain. It is its own kind of pain.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 11

On the internet, even private is public.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 6

I sew my life together with the glittering threads of poetry.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 12

If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don't remove it — I may be writing in my dreams.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 3

I've had secrets come out of my typewriter in invisible ink.

      DATE:  2007 May 19

Heartache awaits the next love as a seed awaits the spring.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 9

Writer's block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 12

My childhood smells like a box of Crayola® crayons.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 13

I used to love night best but the older I get the more treasures and hope and joy I find in morning.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 18

Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would.

      TITLE:  In the tank
      DATE:  2007 Jun 1

in Phoenix
summer is
the title,
the refrain
and every
other verse

      TITLE:  Poems in heat
      DATE:  2007 Jun 5

two burning stars collide and spark a fire of fate
two blazing spirits meet — enkindled soul mates

      DATE:  2007 Oct 19

Tea is the symbol of and antidote to civilization.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 8

My body and spirit are the only things that truly belong to me.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 8

Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains — Nature composes, why shouldn't we?

      DATE:  2007 Feb 3
      NOTES:  revised

Some authors write with a grave ink, of a dramatic pen dipped into their dark souls.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 10

Advertising is only another form of statistics.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 2

Advertising is a bit like playing make-believe.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 2

We sleep peacefully at night, cradled by the big strong hands of America.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 5

My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 5

Nowadays change is around every corner; in my day it was only around the expected ones.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 4

Death has its own treasure map with different riches than Life.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 29

Necessity is the mother of not only invention but death.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 24

Love accepts death not as an ending but as a way to title and bind each life's book, so that we who are left behind can read it in memory again and again. The author's own work is done, yet the life of the afterstory has just begun.

      TITLE:  In Memoriam
      DATE:  2007 Feb 24
      NOTES:  revised

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, perhaps your soul has never been in bloom.

      TITLE:  Bright in bloom
      DATE:  2007 Mar 4

When your inner and outer energies radiate in harmony, you are blessed and spiritually magnetic.

      TITLE:  Glowing health
      DATE:  2007 Mar 1

A nap on a warm day, in the shade, with a breeze, is one of the great pleasures of being.

      TITLE:  Siesta
      DATE:  2007 Mar 4

The mind spells  'healing'  L-E-T   G-O.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 27

If something is written in the stars, can't it also be inscribed in the fiery light of our souls?

      DATE:  2007 Mar 5

Spirit flows. If your heart is feeling good, it spreads the word and before you know it your whole body feels great.

      DATE:  2007 May 12

We all have fog on our path at times — but clarity comes from within.

      DATE:  2007 Sep 29

antique well-loved books
bookworm-angel nooks
pages curled and dusty
old authors most trusty
clever timeless Shakespeare
flanking poets of yesteryear

      TITLE:  Heaven's Library
      DATE:  2007 Sep 19

The front door to springtime is a photographer's best friend.

      TITLE:  Cephalophyllum
      DATE:  2007 Mar 4

Is soul the stem and
body the blossom —
or body our stem, with
soul its indigenous bloom?

      DATE:  2007 Apr 4

Some secrets are fires so scorching, the only way to quench the burn is to tell someone.

      DATE:  2007 Dec 21

Turn the energy of fear into the energy of living.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 23

They say that time heals all wounds, but all it's done so far is give me more days and nights to think about how much I miss you.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12
      NOTES:  revised

I don't know why they call it heartbreak — my mind, body, and spirit all feel broken too.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12
      NOTES:  revised

Trees quiet without the birds,
My heart quiet without you.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

Grandma always called her vegetable garden the Chapel — it brought her closer to God, was full of miracles, and fed the hungering of others.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 25

Poetry cries melodic tears of verse.

      TITLE:  Well cried
      DATE:  2007 Jul 23

Her poetry cries crimson roses
and laughs in sprightly daisies.

      TITLE:  Pen & trowel
      DATE:  2007 Jul 23

Poetry wrapped
around my heart
like a cozy blanket
Quills in my brain
ink running through
gray matter rivulets
Dead authors ghosting
through my soul...

      DATE:  2007 Jul 29

My joy was skipping
around our love —
it tripped.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

July-sky billowy wind-gusty
dust-tinged glowing-rust-edged
thunderous electric
tempestuous mercurial
storm-grey rain-heavy
blazed wet desert-wild
lightning-dancing monsoon clouds!

      TITLE:  July clouds
      DATE:  2007 Jul 23
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ  ArᎥɀønα

She clawed her way into my heart and wouldn't let go.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

My heart has cried a deep red grief since you've been gone, pulsing crimson pain.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

A poet builds his nest in the springtime tree of wild reverie, and ends up staying the year.

      TITLE:  Falling out of a poet's nest
      DATE:  2007 Feb 26

Like fruit, children are sweetest just before they turn bad.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 9

Sometimes we're as different as clouds and concrete.

      DATE:  2007 Jul 10

Kiss me and my soul-storm thunders.

      DATE:  2007 Jul 30

Now is the flickering flame of a single candle,
Forever—the endless light of a galaxy of stars.

      DATE:  2007 Jul 31

With a single candle, night burns into infinity.

      DATE:  2007 Jul 31

We spend all our lives building wings of faith so that we can fearlessly fly off into another world.

      DATE:  2007 Oct 4

If one looks closely enough, one can see angels in every piece of art.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 16

colossal magnificent billowing glowing-grey rust-fringed monsoon clouds
roll swiftly across a vast dusty-blue desert sky like electrified tumbleweeds

      TITLE:  Dust & sparks
      DATE:  2007 Mar 10

Since the coming of air pollution and city lights, the stars have become much more shy than they used to be.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 1

she always wrote in hidden diaries
imprinting fears and dreams in ink
daily tales of love and laughter
secrets emptied heart to paper
regrets gray matter to black letters
memories solidified into words
writing now for remembering later
pages of youth fading with age
graying hair and golden years
journals telling a lifetime of stories
the past a present to her children

      TITLE:  A parting gift
      DATE:  2007 Apr 9

Storms question the weak and the strong alike — and the strong may not always have answers but they always have resolve.

      DATE:  2007 Nov 23

Grammar stops at love, and at art.

      DATE:  2007 Jun 12

Teardrops of steam-dew
glide down the kettle
Don't cry —
we'll make each other feel better.

      TITLE:  Tea tears
      DATE:  2007 Apr 29

Mother Nature is the most powerful force on the planet — but in the human realm, it's the Mind.

      TITLE:  Healing brains
      DATE:  2007 Mar 26

Don't let it be all in your head, or all in your body.

      DATE:  2007 Apr 5

Everything is too real
for people like us —
only fantasy is tolerable
with its magically healing
soft edges, plush hugs
sparkling beauty and
golden-hour radiances
its floral-everywheres
peaceful euphoria and
eternal youth of spirit
embraced by dreams —

      TITLE:  Muted glare
      DATE:  2007 Jun 8
      NOTES:  revised

I want to giggle myself to sleep each night and jump on the fluffy, comforting pillows of faith.

      TITLE:  Sleep tight
      DATE:  2007 Nov 20

Friday, wahoo, full of glee!
Fridays are fun & carefree—
for second cups of coffee
or a delicious donut spree!

      DATE:  2007 May 11

You flew off with the wings of my heart and left me flightless.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

You left, and my heart is a ceaseless sermon of loneliness.

      DATE:  2007 Aug 12

have you ever seen a flower down
sometimes angels skip around
and in their blissful state of glee
bump into a daisy or sweet pea

      DATE:  2007 Jun 30

Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 3

a bottle of wine is her autobiography
uncorked at birth, drunk to the last drop
an empty vessel all to show for it —

      DATE:  2007 Jan 19
      NOTES:  revised

tea leaves
tea loves
loves tea
lives tea
leaves tea?

      DATE:  2007 Feb 27

Tea is comforting because
it brings us down to earth—
      water, leaves, warmth;
            it is earth, imbibed.

      DATE:  2007 Jan 19

The key to happiness and youth is an unencumbered spirit — whether it comes naturally or you have to work hard for it.

      DATE:  2007 Mar 26

Most people know more about their own elected officials via smear campaigns than they know about their own neighbors via conversation, and many know more about the celebrities via tabloids than they know about their own representatives via voting booklets.

      DATE:  2007 Feb 27
      NOTES:  revised

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