When it seems darkness
May defeat you
Keep moving forward

Unexpectedly the light
May shine on you…

Photo by BAH, my sister-in-law

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Be Well, My Friend

We met on the sidewalk
In Panama City
(Panama, not Florida!)
Army wife, Marine wife
Both mommas too nervous to
Let our kiddos go to the bus stop

Exploring that new city, that country
Finding so much in common
New friends, lifelong friends
(Then and now)
Wherever we are
Our hearts still meet

I’m praying for my dear friend and a good outcome tomorrow as she undergoes surgery to receive a new pacemaker. I can’t be with her, but my heart is there.

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The Light of Evening

The light of evening
takes me back

The light of evening
on the neighborhood houses
takes me back

The light of evening
on the neighborhood houses
takes me back
to the light of evening
on the buildings of the city

The light of evening
on the buildings of the city
glowed then
and gave me hope
when despair came calling

The light of evening
on the neighborhood houses
takes me back

The light of evening
takes me back
to hope

It has been two decades since I lived on the tenth floor of an apartment building in Lima, Peru. My husband was fighting cancer. Often, in the evening, I would stand at the window, as the glow of the sun lit the buildings of the city. It was the time I wrestled with fear…and despair…and chose hope. Through all the years between then and now, since the death of my husband, through other losses, that light, that time as the day comes to an end,  is still for me a time to ponder, to search again for hope. Sometimes I feel tears gathering, my throat tightening…but I still find hope.

In this time of death and loss in the pandemic, this time of injustice and crying out for justice…fear, grief, despair- all are real. Still, hope remains. Tonight, the evening light glowed.



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One Is Not Like The Other

Two birds perch on the peak of the roof
One ruffled and plump
The other sleek and and skinny
They stand apart
Together they sing
Together they claim
a place in the world

And then each flies
In its own direction

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What’s Making You Smile?

These are serious days, but there are still things that make us smile. Here are a few of mine:

•my friend brought chicken soup from our favorite Mexican restaurant

•another friend brought a loaf of cinnamon bread so fresh from her oven it was still warm

•after taking part in Zoom staff meeting, the Saturday Night Live skit had me laughing out loud it was so true to life

•I invited students to write poems, and here are a few lines they sent in:
*I bought a lion 🦁
that was Hawaiian
*I have a pet dog 🐶
I take it out to see the fog
*Up in the sky
I saw a dinosaur fly 🦕
*I have a dog
That looks like a frog 🐸

•the sun came out today!

Look for the things that make you smile!

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Little Voice

In a little voice
She says, “I’m OK…”

But I wonder…

It’s such a little voice…

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The lily trumpets
Hallelujah! Christ is risen!

The lily trumpets
Hallelujah! He is risen for you!

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Share the Light


Look to creation
Find peace and calm in your heart
Beauty surrounds us

Watch the birds flying
Fulfilling their life purpose
We have purpose, too

See the sun setting
Spreading its bright golden glow
Share the light we have

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Coronavirus Butterflies of Indiana

Our governor says
We all hunker down
We’ll make it through
We’re cocooning at home
The day we fly freely

Written based on “This Photo Wants to Be a Poem” at Margaret Simon’s Reflections on the Teche and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s “Roll the Dice” for National Poetry Month at The Poem Farm.

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Birds trilling their songs
Nudge the day into waking
With a thrill of hope

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