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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2010

This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2010 — 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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Flowers are fragrant metaphors —
Happy colors sing "Carpe diem!"
Wilting whispers "Memento mori."

      TITLE:  Seed in the wind
      DATE:  2010 Apr 3

Live for the roots
Love the green
Dance with the blossoms

      TITLE:  Little thriving without roots
      DATE:  2010 Mar 8

If winter wrote an autobiography, it would be mostly about the spring.

      DATE:  2010 Jan 10

Fear is untrust of the process of life.

      DATE:  2010 Apr 18

The last faded autumn leaflet hangs from a frozen branch, just a short fall from the tree to winter.

      DATE:  2010 Aug 18

O' pumpkin pie, your time has come 'round again and I am autumnrifically happy!

      TITLE:  Flaky crust happiness
      DATE:  2010 Oct 22

Time doesn't tick
it doesn't tock —
it flows relentless
it is we who chop
its water with our oars

      DATE:  2010 Oct 26

Hot coffee and cold winter mornings are two of the best soul mates who ever did find each other.

      DATE:  2010 Dec 30

The veil concealing truth gets windswept in the wee hours, revealing all to the silence of the night.

      TITLE:  Windblown
      DATE:  2010 Jan 13
      NOTES:  revised

The bones of music are the universal rhythms within us all.

      DATE:  2010 Jan 12

I've adjectived up my life so much I forgot how to be simple and plain and quiet. Be. Just be.

      TITLE:  Verb life
      DATE:  2010 Apr 8

when I fall into old age
let it be not a drunkenly
face-first tumble but rather
an autumn leaf gracefully
drifting from the tree —
or if we ascend into our
older years please let me
soar and not be flung

      TITLE:  Serenity & grace
      DATE:  2010 Oct 29
      NOTES:  revised

Poetry is patchwork —
& only the best poets
can hide all the seams.

      DATE:  2010 Jan 25

Aside from new babies, new mothers must be the most beautiful creatures on earth.

      TITLE:  Radiant joy
      DATE:  2010 Jan 26

Listen to the little voice of doubt only if it has something insightful to say, not if it's just spouting fear.

      DATE:  2010 Apr 20

Worry is my worst enemy — an enemy I unleash upon myself.

      DATE:  2010 Mar 9

Nature grows beautiful new life over old scars.

      TITLE:  Continuous
      DATE:  2010 Apr 21

Life grows beautiful flowers over old scars.

      TITLE:  Aging gracefully
      DATE:  2010 Apr 21

Every day, spread the magical stardust of thankfulness into your life.

      DATE:  2010 May 31

Work hard, enrobe yourself in velvet hope, and rule your world!

      TITLE:  Queen of self
      DATE:  2010 Aug 1

Over time, the hurt doesn't hurt — only regret does.

      TITLE:  Missed
      DATE:  2010 Sep 5

Clouds tie-dye the night.

      DATE:  2010 Aug 29

Autumn mornings:  sunshine and crisp air, birdsong and calmness, year's end and day's beginnings.

      TITLE:  Spectral harmonies
      DATE:  2010 Oct 7

There are living days and there are writing days. But you can never have the writing without the living. And if you've got writer's block you'd better go have yourself a day of living to fix it, rather than beating on an idling brain.

      DATE:  2010 Apr 25

An overstuffed belly can only speak of food. A fasting belly can speak of health and clarity.

      TITLE:  To the fullest
      DATE:  2010 Apr 18

A fasting belly frees the mind.

      TITLE:  Clear view
      DATE:  2010 Apr 18

The power of the mind is your power. Use it. Don't let it use you.

      TITLE:  It's your mind
      DATE:  2010 Apr 20

Don't be mean when you've had a bad day. Be nice, and your day will get better.

      DATE:  2010 Sep 20

Pumpkin — seedy sunshine in an autumn bowl.

      DATE:  2010 Oct 9

one can only see clearly
if one is going slowly —
quick motion creates life-blur

      DATE:  2010 Feb 28
      NOTES:  revised

Asymmetrical kisses,
the sexiest yearning —
one lip on nostalgia, the
other, love yet earning

      DATE:  2010 Apr 19

Even if you can't solve your problems now, at least make peace with them. It may be the most important step you take toward solving them.

      DATE:  2010 Jan 28

Appreciate comfort. Also appreciate those things that knock us off course enough to realize we should appreciate the comfort.

      DATE:  2010 Feb 1

Fearing to lose what you have is not the same as appreciation. You have to take it a step beyond that.

      DATE:  2010 Mar 29

The birds of hope are everywhere — listen to them sing.

      DATE:  2010 May 23

I like my coffee black and my mornings bright.

      TITLE:  Morning balance
      DATE:  2010 Feb 3

The clock is running and so am I but in opposite directions.

      TITLE:  Tailspin
      DATE:  2010 May 23

paying at the tollbooth with pretty words
then swimming naked under the bridge

      DATE:  2010 Feb 3

Don't let your fears run off with your dreams.

      TITLE:  July 1st
      DATE:  2010 Apr 21

the moon and plum tree
make flow'ry springtime shadows—
lovers of the night

      TITLE:  Moonlit plum tree
      DATE:  2010 Mar 22

Some writers have beautiful poetry inside that explodes from the pen into prose. Others hold their inner prose until it implodes to poetry.

      DATE:  2010 Jul 5

The sun tires of summer and sighs itself into autumn.

      TITLE:  Fallen angle
      DATE:  2010 Aug 12

Healing is a rumor amongst cells. And good news spreads.

      DATE:  2010 Aug 15

Without aligning your energies daily, life clogs.

      TITLE:  Qigong breath
      DATE:  2010 May 27

The sins of others are filthy smelly dung; our own sins have the golden sparkle and aroma of a fine ale.

      TITLE:  Halo there hypocrisy
      DATE:  2010 May 14

God is now serving scoops of orange and raspberry sherbet on the horizon. What a beautiful sunrise!

      TITLE:  Sweet dawn
      DATE:  2010 Aug 20

WRITING.— A week-long business meeting with a single word. Being on a committee with a thick dictionary, thesaurus, red pen, and cup of strong coffee. Arguing with an obstinate piece of punctuation. Bleary-eyed inkstorms at 3am, answering the call of duty whenever inspiration strikes.

      TITLE:  Blotting paper
      DATE:  2010 Jan 24

Ink surrounds me all the time
On my bed sheets, recorded in rhyme
Quills 'ever scribbling in my head
Sometimes damnit I forget what they said.
Ink has settled into my fingerprints
But to keep the words I fear to rinse...

      TITLE:  Ink well
      DATE:  2010 Mar 6

Hope is that lone bloom in the desert when you can see nothing else but sand.

      DATE:  2010 Jun 5

On the map of faith, you are here — always right here — because you have to be to believe.

      DATE:  2010 Oct 17

Writing helps keep me sane — or at least a pen's length from insane.

      DATE:  2010 Jul 28

So much to know in this world but sticking to basics is knowing the most of all.

      DATE:  2010 Jun 24

Life has left its prints all over me.

      TITLE:  Thirty seven sins
      DATE:  2010 Nov 18

make your poem make sense
in the most beautifully nonsensical way
and use every one of your senses
to write with utterly uncommon sense
as in childhood you used to play

      TITLE:  How to write a poem
      DATE:  2010 Dec 4

The old year cracks under the burdensome weight of twelve heavy months, and the next year emerges fresh and anew from its shell.

      DATE:  2010 Dec 27

Passion is purpose—
Success is proof.

      DATE:  2010 Dec 29

Action is taking the first step. Action is climbing the hill. Action combined with desire, harmonious intent, and undoubting yesfulness is invincible. Hallelujah!

      DATE:  2010 Nov 8

Beautiful rainbows and life water
come from a dark rain cloud —
What gifts can you bring the world
even in your times of darkness?

      DATE:  2010 Aug 8

Wine:  the corkscrew of poetry.

      DATE:  2010 Jul 20

I pull myself out from dreams and the night
through dawn's glowing entrance to morning

      TITLE:  Out of bed and into morning
      DATE:  2010 Apr 2

☆ ☆ ☆
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
☆ stars swirl downward ☆
☆ from blissful heavens ☆
☆ universal energy ☆
☆ heals around me ☆
☆ exploding into life ☆
☆ drifting into calmness ☆
☆ and nothing else matters ☆
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
☆ ☆ ☆


      TITLE:  The stars & the heart: a bedtime story
      DATE:  2010 May 31

It's all in the mind and a bit in the heart but it goes in the body and that's where all the trouble comes in.

      DATE:  2010 Jun 26

Get up off that couch and get active! (talking to myself but if you need to listen too, feel free)

      SOURCE:  tweet
      DATE:  2010 Sep 20

Sometimes healing is about not journaling — about living and forgetting that you even have a journal.

      TITLE:  The healing journal
      DATE:  2010 Oct 13

A beautiful chilly autumn evening, signaling the time of year to start s-l-o-w-i-n-g  d-o-w-n.

      TITLE:  tweet
      DATE:  2010 Oct 21

Many things make life worth living but near the top of my list is the glow of autumn sunlight.

      DATE:  2010 Aug 29

wisp, puff, swirl, glow, shine
float, shade, grow, gray, darken
break, open, release, rain, drench
wander, lighten, disperse, fade

      TITLE:  End scene
      DATE:  2010 Mar 13

Worry chokes off our air supply of living joy.

      DATE:  2010 May 25

Be glad for little frustrations. These give you things to be grateful for.

      DATE:  2010 Oct 4

When soul breaks, meditation mends.

      DATE:  2010 May 26

Life can get very stressful very fast. That's when we know we need to take it slow.

      DATE:  2010 Mar 3

Sipping a cup of hot tea is like a mental bubble bath.

      DATE:  2010 Apr 18

The simple pleasures are all I need.

      DATE:  2010 May 25

Wine makes the world not mine
      —Ergo, easier to take,
I don't always know how to deal
      when it feels all mine
      warring emotions entwine
Life is ever split betwixt
      Lack of control—the mirthful angel
      and lack of control—the nettled devil
When it's all too much to take,
      Fresh battles, or in-statu-quo—
      Breathe in, breathe out, let it go

      TITLE:  Give & partake
      SOURCE:  journal
      DATE:  2010 Dec 31

My inner child took over today. And I feel good. And I am tired.

      DATE:  2010 Apr 2

I want to live happy. And when the time comes, I want to die happy.

      DATE:  2010 Sep 16

Homemade sourdough french toast and hot cocoa for dinner! Followed by jumping on the bed and sheet forts. Mondays don't have to be all bad

      DATE:  2010 Aug 23

If you open your eyes and
it's suddenly all there in front of you —
so clear,
you may wonder
where has it been all along?
Have I been living inside a Paul Simon song
for much too long
and my eyes distorted my soul
or did my soul poetize the vision
and I couldn't see the plain truth
without the benefit of not looking?

      TITLE:  Cleared up
      DATE:  2010 Apr 21

sometimes we need things shaken
up the glory is in the shaking
being sifted to the bottom
in a life of happy dregs
happiness at the top
but also below
living is in the
waist of an hourglass
that little strip of space
and time to run our sand
to be free even while drifting
down and out of our own control
be the ripple and not the stuck leaf

      TITLE:  Shaken, not sunk
      DATE:  2010 Apr 27
      NOTES:  revised

Time is an old firmly rooted tree; we are the breeze rustling its leaves.

      TITLE:  Poems That Make No Sense
      DATE:  2010 Oct 26

There ought to be a way to combine "autumn" and "morning" into one word — the combination of the two is special enough to be its own entity.

      DATE:  2010 Oct 16

The more we're dragged down by stress and society, the more we look low. Try a glass of wine with dinner or unconditional happiness or a long tight hug, and you may find you can and do look upward — to where the blank spaces are, which aren't really so empty. We just don't usually look there.

      TITLE:  Up!
      DATE:  2010 Mar 29

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Archives — 2010

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