black velvet pansies
this years delight
bright magenta blooms startle
coffee and cream pansies soothe
bleeding hearts favorite of neighbor
each time he walks by
five families of Canadian geese
… no passport required …
Mill Pond for swimming and lessons
then nap time for all,
dad watches the sky
two eagles watching goslings napping
men with cameras big as tanks
looking for eagles,
not goslings playing at feet
others with easels painting far mountains
in her own world
hubby grabs a book then dozes in sun
first time sighting: egret at top of tree
tourists scan horizon ~ never over head
no sign of geese or goslings ~ gone in hiding
people from away escaping summer heat
for me and my feathered friends
Goldilocks DownEast summer
Prompt: joyous discoveries you’ve made so far this summer
for Imaginary Garden with Toads
Last week, I went to St. Saviours Episcopal Church in
Bar Harbor, primarily to hear Chimesmaster Ilia Karp play
St. Saviour’s bells church bells.
I planned enough time to walk thru the church
and take time looking at the stained glass windows.
Joan, myself and often Ralph with us,
over the years spent many occasions at the church
for various programs.
The window that I have here is the one that started me
down memory lane about the times at the church with Joan.
It is near the front door and amazing. Another particular
space was the small chapel where Joan and I had attended,
I believe it was Morning Prayer, during a workshop.
The feeling of intimacy and the Holy Spirit is what I recall now.
heard over the village
written June 13, 2018 // Joan died April 13, 2018
TPOS prompt: June 29 tanka prose
TPOS prompt: February 4 2013 memory/experience
# 1 photo: Tiffany Stained Glass Window
For Annie Kane 1926
One of tryptic:
Alpha: Angel of the Nativity
# 2 photo: The small intimate chapel to the left of the main altar
inside St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, ME
Have You Seen…
Have you seen
my “Helen Keller” paintings?
They are called that because
back in the day you could
tell without seeing,
what the painting is.
my paintings are more
rough and bumpy,
palette knives and fingers,
forming visions of
waves, froth, mountains,
rocks and sand.
Sometimes a surface
a mind of its own,
rough or bumpy,
slick as satin.
Come see my paintings
where brush strokes
and knife marks rule.
On rough canvas,
or slick, slippery plastic.
Enjoy the feel of a
sometimes it’s a mood,
touching the heart
sometimes a touch,
the artist made strokes
only you know where
they come from.
The earliest thing I can remember
is the color red.
I can see it in my minds eye.
My mother said it was because
when we lived in Thief River Falls,
around the age of 3 or 4,
I decided to color the white kitchen cabinets
red with a red crayon !
She told me she had me scrub
the cupboard doors
to get the crayon off,
If that isn’t the earliest
I do remember in grade school,
in Ashland, Wisconsin,
looking at the sky,
it was a bright red,
and there was a huge fire across town
I was told.
But in my heart of hearts,
I deeply think I have a memory
of my sister Vicky
and dying a month later.
I was 3 that week.
I can’t believe that the rabbits feet we had were REAL…
“First of all, they were genuine rabbits’ feet.
I LOVED rabbits.
Why would I ever want to carry their foot around
on a little metal ball link key chain?
I’m not sure.
Secondly, the feet were dyed very unnatural colors
like turquoise, purple, emerald green and blood . . .
I mean, bright red.
Third, when you reached down
to stroke your lucky foot
to give you some of that good luck,
you could feel the poor,
dead rabbit’s toenails.
And WHY would my parents get me one ?
I was so sure they weren’t real back in the day.
…….June 5, 2018 … sigh. big sigh. Sigrid
Alphabe-Thursday..“R” is for Lucky Rabbit’s Foot 8/18/2011
August 18, 2011
“R” is for Lucky Rabbit’s Foot
Did you ever have…
why did our parents let us
carry a lucky rabbit’s foot
creating superstitious thinking
in our tender minds?
I can remember being in grade school
and it was “The Thing” to carry
a lucky rabbit’s foot key chain.
I found out that it was
supposedly a REAL rabbit’s foot !
In particular, the left hind foot !
I’m sure that I had
a faux rabbit’s foot keychain
bought at my dad’s
F.W. Woolworth Store.
But at the time, I was SURE some poor
rabbit, sacrificed his life, on a full moon,
in a cemetery,
on Friday the 13 th.
Well, maybe…Where’s your rabbit foot
you got in grade school hiding?
For Monday Morning Prompt…Contrast;….To See or Not to See…8/17/2011
August 17, 2011
To See or not to See
I always thought
my sight was good…
not excellent, but as good
There was a question
in my mind,
even with glasses,
how someone could
see birds in the trees,
deer in the forest,
four leaf clovers,
figured it was just me
and it was just an occasional
life got irritating.
Lights weren’t bright enough,
why didn’t the people at
my daughter’s new apt
make the driveway more
I couldn’t get my sunglasses
and threw them across the car
never to wear them again.
I went to the eye doctor.
New glasses would take
care of the problem.
This was after
I kept going by my daughter’s
driveway and one granddaughter said
“let me out here, I can walk back”
after three passes and missing each time.
The younger had a friend in the car
and as we got up to the entrance to
the apartment complex,
she turned to her friend and said,
“Don’t worry, Nana’s blind ! “
(made sense to them !).
Like looking thru waxed paper was the
not new glasses.
In three weeks,
“blind as a bat”.
“I can see clearly now !”
self prompt: thank you
long three weeks
waiting for final goodbyes
the kindness of friends
sharing my loss together
I started daily thoughts in
writing thinking it would be for a few days.
It turned out to be three weeks until the memorial
service for a close friend.
The day of Joan’s (Mimi’s) memorial service seemed
to be fitting, not for ending, but letting go for now.
Thanks to all who read my posts and wrote kind notes.
Peace and love to all.