Acrostic for RAIN

A storm this early morning.  The power has gone off a few times for a few moments.  I can picture the peonies now and am grateful we have these photos.  The entire life cycle of a plant is beautiful.  We need the grey skies too and the rain.

R  efresh and renew
ppreciate the plants in all their stages
I   nvite new dreams as we age and life changes
ever without Hope

Walking On Water – Reflections On Faith And Art – By Madeleine L’Engle

I came across the copy of Walking On Water by Madeleine L’Engle (Harold Shaw Publishers, 1980) that I gave to my mother.  When I opened the book, I saw she had taped the note I wrote to her, many years ago, to the inside cover of the book.


Dear Mom,

I want you to have a copy of this book.

It is a favorite!  Because I was not a singer/painter/athlete, it took me a long time to learn that the expression of my form of creativity is absolutely essential to my health, wholeness, well-being.

Isn’t it interesting, the little things we do, like my mother taping the card to the book, that mean so much later on?

Madeleine’s website:

Madeleine L’Engle lived on earth from 1918 – 2007.

“Pretty Pink Rose” courtesy of

*Updated January 26, 2014.
My mother’s birthday; Enola Borgh lived on earth from 1917 – 2004.*

Old Roses

I posted this new poem on yesterday, as a comment. d.f. tweney is the editor and was a pioneer in using technology to make the world a better place with poetry.

The wild rose bush in our yard was planted by previous owners.  It must be a few decades old at least.  The photo by Karl is of this rose bush last autumn.

Just two flowers created fragrance for the house.

old roses

now in bloom

a few petals fall

from the blue vase

caught by a poem


Published by SMILE (2011).

Summer Is Here…

Summer is here, according to the calendar.  The weather is cool, but this is not unusual by Lake Michigan in Oostburg, this time of year.

When I began this blog, one of my goals was to give previously published poems a new life.  I could not write some of these poems now, as my life has changed.  It’s lovely to see that they are read by others.  I still like many of my old poems, which were GIFTS.   It’s great to see, through your feedback, which poems are meant to last.

Of course, if something we write helps someone somewhere, that’s what matters.  The stats are interesting and helpful, but much remains a wonderful mystery!

Another goal was to credit the editors and print journals who published my work, beginning over 20 years ago.  It is still wonderful to be accepted and always good to say “thank you” again.  It amazes me the technical skills I am learning, with WordPress.  I am not known for self-confidence in this area.

Not sure where my poetry is going now, but summer is a good time to renew.  I’ll post as my heart leads and read your blogs too!  Thank you. 

I love these free samples from my Dover Design Sampler this week, sent by Mary Davis.

From Full-Color Art Nouveau Floral Designs.