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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2014




This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2014 — 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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If you feel beautiful, then you are. Even if you don't, you still are.


      DATE:  2014 Sep 11







Butterflies dot springtime with flitting airy kisses.


      TITLE:  Spring flight & grounding
      DATE:  2014 Mar 14







Spring:  the music of open windows.


      TITLE:  Spring out & in
      DATE:  2014 Mar 27







Wind tries to show Tree how to run wild.
      Tree:  "I cannot leave this place."
      Wind:  "Then let's dance."


      TITLE:  Palm's psalm
      DATE:  2014 Mar 26







We live in an Arizona desert town
where winter is brown and green
and summer is green and brown
with 300 annual days of sunscreen
our autumn's unreasonably warm
and springtime is mostly too hot
here we live for every rainstorm
and the seasons—well, they're not.


      TITLE:  Unreasonably warm in Phoenix
      DATE:  2014 Jan 2
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ  ArᎥɀønα







Hindsight —
      a.k.a.
      I was a fool,
      such a fool!


      DATE:  2014 Apr 25







Winter sprouts springtime wings and flies off into the budding year.


      DATE:  2014 Jan 30







It's not all about healing yourself — it's just as importantly about letting yourself heal.


      TITLE:  Of letting be
      DATE:  2014 Sep 4







The years pile up and hide under a new exterior.


      TITLE:  Aging inside & out
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







Memory's time-worn
— a crumbling wall...


      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







...as healing as a mommy kiss...


      DATE:  2014 Feb 13







It's a sin to waste chocolate. It's in the Bible. Ghirardelli ® 3:17.


      TITLE:  There are actually eight
      DATE:  2014 Apr 5







Climb from the depths of your soul to the heights of your future.


      TITLE:  With or without a ladder
      DATE:  2014 Oct 8







Homemade meals — especially mommy meals — are life's most pleasant fuel.


      TITLE:  Family dinner
      DATE:  2014 Apr 6







Hope is wingèd —
one wing faith-patience
the other action-effort —
and we must fly with both!


      DATE:  2014 Jan 30
      NOTES:  revised







We cannot heal when hate persists.


      DATE:  2014 Apr 8







when the leaves fly
float, feather, flutter
off the autumn trees
i am in love with life


      DATE:  2014 Nov 30







Hester unadulterated. The end.


      TITLE:  Alternate ending
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







Some translators turn an author's words from gold to stone, others from stone to gold.


      DATE:  2014 Apr 10







I’m an HSP, INFj, double Scorpio, vata–pitta, and worrywart. But it could be worse — I could’ve been an extrovert.


      TITLE:  Gratitude of identity
      DATE:  2014 May 14
      NOTES:  revised







Teetering on life's balance, between the long past and the unknown yet less infinite future, knowing it's only going to tip in one direction, and more quickly than you ever expected — that sense of vertigo, fear, excitement, and uncertainty, is middle age.


      DATE:  2014 Jul 25
      AGE:  40-¾







segmented,
      fermented,
            demented.


      TITLE:  Stages of Papago Orange Blossom
      SOURCE:  beer tasting journal
      DATE:  2014 Aug 1
      DRINK:  Papago Orange Blossom, vanilla mandarin wheat ale
      BREWERY:  Huss Brewing Co., Tempe, Arizona







Hydrangea —
watercolor'd
confetti-bursting
flowery garden art


      DATE:  2014 Jul 13
      LOCATION:  Portland, Oregon







A poet dips words into springtime to season her poems with beauty.


      TITLE:  Word-blossom beautiful
      DATE:  2014 Mar 14







Who can sleep when all the words of the poem aren't just exactly right ‽


      TITLE:  Poeta insomnis
      DATE:  2014 May 13







the miracle of a library card
to study, oh, you know,
fill in the blank — anything


      TITLE:  Endless knowledge
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
      DATE:  2014 May 8







A fine layer of dust must settle on literature before it's truly complete.


      TITLE:  Grape juice isn't wine, no matter how fine
      DATE:  2014 Aug 15







Every time someone says something politically correct, another brain cell of Reality drops dead.


      TITLE:  Trigger warning
      DATE:  2014 Aug 3







Every time someone says something Politically Correct, it's another nail in the coffin of Reality.


      DATE:  2014 Aug 3







Homemade soup has extra nourishment that store-bought will never have. Love and broth can heal many things.


      DATE:  2014 Aug 21
      NOTES:  revised







Story of our life —
the kiss, a bonfire,
an atomic meltdown.

      — Now,
      come back to me.


      TITLE:  Romance burned
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
      DATE:  2014 May 8
      NOTES:  revised







Age is a foreign land I can't get used to. I want to go back home.


      TITLE:  Sound of winter leaves at night
      DATE:  2014 Dec 14
      AGE:  forty-one







holding on to the years
i couldn't let them go —
and it's only fair because
they wouldn't let go of me


      DATE:  2014 Dec 29







Cowardice —
the great horror of mind,
gnawing and poisonous.


      TITLE:  Afraid
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







Meditation —
      don't think,
      close your eyes —
You're in a castle
      of silence,
      getting deeper
      and deeper —
Sink to the bottom,
      beyond the pain —
Listen to the quiet,
      hear yourself —
Walk to the edge
      of the moment —


      TITLE:  Meditate
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
      DATE:  2014 May 8
      NOTES:  revised







For the INFJ, all of reality is surreal.


      TITLE:  Surreality
      DATE:  2014 May 1







money, money, money
it's the best hell


      TITLE:  $$$
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
      DATE:  2014 May 8







Faithfully,
Truth casts his leaves forth upon the wind,
but few indulge in revelation to the heart.


      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







The sensitive is the boundary between two worlds:  our nerves and heart.


      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







At the fireside of life
in the deep quietude,
I was happy of heart.


      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







The bookworm had intellectual gifts —
wise, vast, and blazing bliss philosophized.


      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







winter sneaks up on me
before summer ends in my heart
the spring blossoms arrive
when my mind is still snowed in


      DATE:  2014 Dec 13







Sometimes when I mean to pickup my pen
I pickup my beer,
and I write with my drunk—
the ink an intoxicant always,
more so than brew or fermented grape;
mind ferments momentarily—
      feelings, the fragrant raw hops
      words wizen into malt
      sudden fireworks of poetry
      effervesce out the bottle…


      TITLE:  My mind ales me & I strain for words
      DATE:  2014 Aug 11







I don't know, maybe
it's thirds and thirds
and thirds again
that makes us whole


      SOURCE:  typewriter poem
      DATE:  2014 Aug 11







Women of happiness rule the soil.


      TITLE:  She gardens
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







No law for age —
more active within the sphere of spirit,
a freedom knocking at her door!
the blossom of womanhood to be cherished
— her own passion and heart.


      TITLE:  Middle age welcome
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







Broken,
praying—
It will be alright,
it will be alright.


      TITLE:  Faith
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
      DATE:  2014 May 8







Moon, the stars,
a beer in my hand,
and my library card—
Yes! and chocolates.


      TITLE:  All I need
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
      DATE:  2014 May 8







Vivid phantasmagoric reality —
      happy, miserable
a half-obliterated shield over death
a pathway illuminating the years
a lamplight penetrating the human soul


      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







Disastrous beauty shone out —
a halo of spirit — wild and brazen and dainty.
She has felt it in her heart, I promise ye.


      TITLE:  Hester
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
      DATE:  2014 May 4







Torn free of the mayhem and the plastic—
Focus, young strong men and women:
We have a spiritual freedom, and courage!
Sacrifice. Imagine. Work.


      TITLE:  Give your lives to something
      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
      DATE:  2014 May 8







the music of spring
is as sublime as
the silence of winter


      DATE:  2014 Mar 27







A spring morning,
alive and cool —
I felt the world mattered.


      SOURCE:  found poetry
      BOOK:  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
      DATE:  2014 May 8







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