I’m listening to Amy Grant’s new CD. It is beautiful. Excellent, lovely, and true. There is a “Lyric Video” for “Don’t Try So Hard (with James Taylor)” at Amy’s site. http://www.amygrant.com
This seems to be a time to listen and read, and write a little less. I’ll keep sharing here. I love the conversation in the Comments, and enjoy responding sometimes here, sometimes at your site, and sometimes quietly visiting when a little tired, and knowing it’s okay to be silent.
Blessings, and thanks for your posts and friendship,
Today is a day to celebrate and treasure. I am actually writing with the window open. The birds are singing.
I’m reading HELP THANKS WOW The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott (2012, Riverhead Books, NY).
I always feel I can do better work when someone speaks about imperfections with love and grace.
“Help, Thanks, Wow” covers a lot.
I know I need help,
and I know gratitude is very important,
and oh to praise.
rises from the earth
nothing could be
than the trees
and their new leaves
except for when
they are in full
and then turn
their autumn colors
and then are their
wise winter selves
waiting for spring
I wrote a lot this morning, and then as I rested this poem was given to me – another spring to look out the same windows. Now that I’ve been here awhile, I can picture each season in the yard. Ellen
ponds and rivers
in the fields
wait to plant
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Many of you liked this haiku in memory and hope last year – thank you.
sorrow turns to stars
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I discovered Ida Waugh (d. 1919) at Reusableart.com. This picture was published in 1880. http://www.reusableart.com
along the roads
Hope you have a good weekend, Ellen
The picture is from Karen’s Whimsy.
sun in the north
slants into the sunroom
shines on red geranium
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the only sound
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The “rosette border page yellow” is courtesy of wpclipart.com.
I stopped at Book World in Sheboygan this morning, and the first magazine that caught my eye was ARTFUL BLOGGING. If you wish, you can see the new cover here: http://www.artfulblogging.com. I’ve read this magazine before and enjoyed it, and so bought the new issue.
Walking into the yard just now, the beginnings of a new poem began in my mind. Once upon a time, in my life, I did not know the shapes of the leaves and what they would become, or their names. Language is one of the greatest gifts. I’m sure many of you would add: and cameras, paint, brushes, and many other supplies – also other forms of language. I love reading your reflections, and the wide vocabulary across many blogs, with my love of words. Truly a gift to be cherished- each of our gifts.
Thinking of Mother’s Day soon, and some of the health problems I saw my mother weather, I can also say that her spirit grew ever more loving even when some things were lost. Then I read to her. It was actually hard for me to return to everyday life after her passing in 2004. But I did live in another state for years. So gradually things “returned to normal:” in different locations once again. Not so far away. We worked hard on our friendship too, discussed many things, and loved unconditionally. She gave me this love of language.
all the green leaves
old brown leaves
cotoneaster bushes too
and the kind people
in the stores
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The calendar is courtesy of wpclipart.com.
This morning I read Jim Kacian’s May 1, 2013 post on troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation blog. I was delighted to learn that bird haiku are featured this month – one haiku a day, selected by Gene Murtha. Jim’s introduction includes commentary by Gene, a haiku poet and birdwatcher.
The Per Diem haiku are published on THF home page: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org.
Here’s a link to troutswirl: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/blog.
The “bird singing” picture is from antiqueclipart.com. I also love this winter picture from the same site.