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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2011

This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2011 — the good, the bad, the active and the retired. It includes content written as filler for The Quote Garden as well as my personal journals and writings. —tg, 2023

imagine how many glorious winters and springs
the stars from their celestial perches have seen—

      DATE:  2011 Jan 3
      NOTES:  revised

Desert sunset clouds exhale pink puffs of dusky smoke.

      DATE:  2011 Jan 3

Clouds blaze brilliant colors in a sky on fire.

      DATE:  2011 Jan 3

A poet is a lone wolf
          howling his soul
at impossible questions—

Poetry is the answer.

      DATE:  2011 Jan 7
      NOTES:  revised

Don't fake-live. Don't zombie-out as life goes by. Actually live!

      TITLE:  As real is real
      DATE:  2011 Jan 10

Moon —
the nightlight
for our souls

      TITLE:  Faith well lit
      DATE:  2011 Jan 19

Enjoy the unique beauty of each day.

      DATE:  2011 Jan 24

Poets rejoice in the light of dawn,
struggle with a heavy pen at noontide,
quip with dragons and fairies at teatime,
love and muse in the evening,
and flourish with midnight ink.
(Sleep? No. We could miss a poem.)

      TITLE:  Overclocked
      DATE:  2011 Mar 3

I yearn to
fall asleep to
the rose-scented
burning-pink smoke
and dreamy aromas
of soul-poetry,
so that I wake to
a poem-tinted dawn
and morning's sweet fragrance
lays out my new day's path
in flowers of purpose and joy.

      DATE:  2011 Mar 5
      NOTES:  Wtf? Idk.

Heartbreak wanders throughout the body— it's a lack of oxygen to the soul, a chain wrapped around the mind, a poisoning of the blood, a sorrowful symphony drowning out all else.

      DATE:  2011 Mar 24
      NOTES:  revised

Day holds the sky with big blue arms
until the sun sends her off into evening
with a grateful blaze of vibrant colors—

Night embraces the quiet dark sky
until it sparks alive with morning light—

      DATE:  2011 Apr 2

I love life. Because even when it sucks, it's still good. If you truly appreciate.

      DATE:  2011 Apr 2

Nouns & verbs
      begin my words
but meanings
      exhale invisible

      DATE:  2011 Apr 10

Instead of a smoothie for brain power, try books.

      DATE:  2011 Apr 11

Sometimes just looking up and seeing the light is enough.

      DATE:  2011 Apr 21

Pray on the shadowy hillside of hardship and on the sunny hillside of happiness.

      DATE:  2011 May 1

Life is amazingly good when it's simple and amazingly simple when it's good.

      DATE:  2011 May 1

Love:  Is it passion or poison or both?

      TITLE:  A question of love
      DATE:  2011 May 20

Seasonal Forecasts

spring —
      giddy and warm
summer —
      happy and hot
autumn —
      serene and chilly
winter —
      blessed and freezing

      DATE:  2011 Jun 1
      NOTES:  revised

Veggies are my savior and my soul.

      TITLE:  Alive & healthy!
      DATE:  2011 Jun 11

Prayer of the day

God, let the people of the world understand how they can embrace simplicity to save their lives.

      DATE:  2011 Jun 14

There are spunky little angels at the top of a bottle of wine and fearless little devils at the bottom.

      DATE:  2011 Jun 18

When you dance to your own rhythm,
Life taps its toes to your beat.

      DATE:  2011 Jun 18

When the cherry blossoms fall onto you, don't wipe them away — close your eyes and have cherry blossom dreams!

      DATE:  2011 Jun 18

When we pray, our hearts glow a glorious joy that lights our souls and all the world around us.

      TITLE:  Afterglow
      DATE:  2011 Jun 18

Sometimes, stress is just an excuse. You choose your own reactions to the world. Kick over that excuse and find smiling up at you the choice of joy and the joy of choice.

      DATE:  2011 Jun 18
      NOTES:  revised

The universe is offering you healing — reach up and accept it.

      DATE:  2011 Jun 18

lightning and thunder of the soul
crashing waves of love, torrential lust
lava-hot kisses, bodyquakes
storms of the heart

      TITLE:  Blank pages of an already filled journal
      DATE:  2011 Jun 18

Sometimes clean feels empty. A bit of clutter and dirt gladdens the heart and affirms a life in progress.

      TITLE:  Moving out–in–on
      DATE:  2011 Jun 23

How do non-coffee-drinkers rise from the dead each morning?

      TITLE:  Brains!
      DATE:  2011 Jul 1

For happy health, fuel yourself with dreams and greens.

      TITLE:  Dreams & greens
      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

Our bodies run on the fresh green fuel of the land.

      TITLE:  Fresh & green
      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

Sometimes we must unfocus our way to clarity.

      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

I drifted into a summer-nap
under the hot shade of July
serenaded by a cicadae lullaby
to drowsy-warm dreams
of distant thunder...

      TITLE:  Summer-nap
      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

Let the rays of your heart shine on all who pass by.

      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

These lands are too parched, please rain-bless our hearts!

      TITLE:  It's a dry heat
      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

Clouds are droplets of now.

      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

Don't forget that your spirit-twinkle makes life's rainbow shine bright.

      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

Life's real name is Choices.

      TITLE:  Nice to meet you
      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

Green leafy happiness and cherry-red life, bursting with seeds!

      TITLE:  Lunch, life
      DATE:  2011 Jul 3

Leaf blowers are excruciatingly lazy loud invasive rudeness, the hot air din of disrespect.

      TITLE:  Blown eardrums
      DATE:  2011 Jul 10

Sometimes on the lonely nights the man in the moon is my best friend.

      DATE:  2011 Jul 13

You are fate's shadow or fate's sun, depending on which way you turn.

      DATE:  2011 Jul 16

Sunbeams joy-pierce clouds.

      TITLE:  Rays of happiness
      DATE:  2011 Jul 16 clouds
raining on the live-green earth
refreshing its nature-glory...

      TITLE:  Sunbeamed joy
      DATE:  2011 Jul 16
      NOTES:  revised

i am a silvery-lined cloud
drifting slowly through deep blue
glowing on the edges
inside a rain-drenched hue

      TITLE:  Silver lining
      DATE:  2011 Jul 16
      NOTES:  revised

Red is passion-lit, orange is flowerageous, yellow is suntastic, pink is lipsensual, green is lifebursting, blue is skyful, purple is berrydancing, gray is cloudrainy.

      TITLE:  Love colours
      DATE:  2011 Jul 17

Green tastes like life, feels like energy, looks like peacefulness, smells like earth's love, sounds like vibrant health (your body listens well). Eat your greens, go wild for greens, play in green, weave green into your colorful daily existence!

      TITLE:  Wild green
      DATE:  2011 Jul 17

Life is questions
and answers,
ebbing and flowing
in endless waves

      DATE:  2011 Aug 13

Shedding late-summer tears for the end of cherry season. Patiently and hopefully waiting for pumpkin pie season.

      TITLE:  Seasonal emotions
      DATE:  2011 Aug 28

We must be fulfilled in our own most deeply needed ways, then we can pass gracefully and without regret beyond our life on this earth.

      TITLE:  Breathing past fear into nature
      DATE:  2011 Sep 6

The devil needs no convincing of the poison in your elixir. But did you really think you had medicine?

      DATE:  2011 Sep 23

First waft, the landscape ahead flashes before me
First sip, I stumble gently over the threshold
Each sip, one more step into another world
Tentative steps, then bold, then giddy skipping along the path
One more sip…

      TITLE:  Red wine path
      DATE:  2011 Sep 25

Sometimes we don't look up unless we have a reason to. And then it all becomes clear.

      SOURCE:  journal
      DATE:  2011 Sep 25

Appreciate everything, fear nothing.

      DATE:  2011 Oct 6

Poetry and death are not strangers but lovers, bound by the ink of life.

      DATE:  2011 Oct 16

Autumn bowed to place a beautiful crown on the Queen of Morning, and her velvet robes sway merrily in the chilly breeze.

      DATE:  2011 Nov 2

Old words are reborn with new faces.

      DATE:  2011 Dec 11

The sun shines different ways in summer and winter. And we shine differently in the seasons of our lives.

      TITLE:  Angles
      DATE:  2011 Dec 16
      NOTES:  revised

If not interrupted, an INFJ can stay in a fantasy-trance for hours.

      DATE:  2011 Dec 17

Welcome, Winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.

      DATE:  2011 Dec 22

Wine is liquid stardust.

      DATE:  2011 Dec 23

Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2011

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