Yesterday Ginger died

Posted by Gerry on August 25th, 2015

011810 Ginger
Yesterday Ginger died
The circumstances were of her own making
As befits a cat who arrived on her terms
Truth be told, I don’t know what the terms were.
I wasn’t there.
Ginger and Nora worked that out on Vincentia.
A cat of one person for many years.
Then melded into a broader household
A dog named Tess was there for awhile
And they traveled north together too.
Tess similarly gone as yesterday
From Monterrey came Aloise, wishes
And Chris just couldn’t get a year older without Katie
Katie still herself, eluding interacting until only on her terms
Like Ginger
Wishes comes and goes, and sometimes arrives upon a lap
Holly, ever two years old, was the only one to sniff a real goodbye
Pieces of love, two
For two who loved Ginger so, Nora and Anne
One piece lies with Ginger
One piece lies with Patrick
Symbols of some thing more
Honoring lives shared
With a cat.
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guest writers and inspirers

Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015

That tree trunk needs pink
That’s ridiculous. Pink tree?
trust your first instinct,

said the haiku master

for Therese La Londe
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The joy of beauty
Show purple trumpets blaring
In the summer sun
photo by Mark O’Neill

Our eyes see colors
Our souls see revelation
By the hand of God

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Enlightenment here
Twelve steps along the lee shore
some trees moving in
photo by Tim Konrad

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The heart of Pluto

Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015

The heart of Pluto
Rests in the cold deep space
Once thought glowing and orange and red
Now seen in brown and sienna
Heart exposed for all to see

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Joy of life

Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015

Houshold items everyone should have
Joy of life
To live the strife
Of loving every day

Love gave me a great gift
Sun flare on dappled face
Reflection of the opal
In the late day sun
A chance to become someone
better than
I ever would have been

Joy of life
To live the strife
Of loving every day

Love expands my heart
To capacity serene
Then joy and sorrow explore
the space created therein

Joy of life
To live the strife
Of loving every day

Amy amulet

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a thin veil

Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015

Grovers Hot Springs - Summer Solstice Hike to the waterfall

Great joy
And great sadness
Are divided
By just a thin veil.

The soft smooth synthesis of joy
Belies the thoughts that lie within
Gentle trepidation and real love
Haunt the lovers who begin
To set aside the veil
Their lives and souls to win

The sadness of the lost
And sometimes for the found
Reveals the fears from gathered years
Trodding some old ground
Remove the barrier
So we no longer tarry here

Know loves ways
In all the days
Great joy or sadness joined
Wrapped in a thin veil.
That will not fail
To protect them
All their days
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Grovers Hot Springs June 20, 2015


Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015

071115 Miranda (13)

“A comma is a cute pause in a sentence.”
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071115 Miranda (11)

Dappled sunlight
On a dappled banana slug
Cue butterfly
Cue hawk
Queue of memories
Trees and gems
Joy and melancholy
Water cascading through the fountain
While succulents nearby collected the mist
And prayed for rain
Little prayers yet to be answered
Joy of companionship under a may be maple tree
Certainly an ancient oak bodes well for the journey of the hawk
After dappled sunlight yields to clear blue sky.

[Amy with Gerry] la casa el halcon
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Needs unfulfilled
Yet then met
In the night
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Sitting outside
Motorcycles fly by
Watching crows return from the sky
Banana slugs and other bugs glide a particular way
Crows gone now gliding
Dog’s bark receding
Motorcycles return
And the rabbit comes out of the wall
And they do the mosquito dance
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071115 Miranda trip (35)

Wrapping it up there’s no doubt
The hawk went south
Circled back and circled twice
Amongst the Redwood trees
Then circle round to north instead
Everything circles back around here
Flowing round
The expansive needles
Close to the ground
Waved like a circling breeze

[Gerry with Amy] [gwa]
071115 Miranda trip (7)

Love winds among

Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015

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Good night. To dream. Of you.

Love is a choice
Until it is inevitable
It opens the passageways of the heart

Holding out their hearts
Lovers offer some safe remittances
Then from the shadows, or out of joy,
The embrace becomes complete

Love winds among
The flowers of our dreams
It brings the feelings like fragrances
That linger on our lives

Touched by the fulfillment of dreams
Prayers bring forth blessings
Of pathways waiting to be explored
The lilt of love wafts o’er their hearts
Now bound by choices blessed.

(at Juanita’s)
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Along the way

Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015

072715 Bayer Farms / NBOP

Life and death
Death and life
We need not rise above the strife
Just live each day with this in mind
Along the way some peace to find
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Love and all that

Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015


Clouds over snow sun shining on mountains
Driving along the eastern sierra
Rocks strewn in beauty
Hearts feeling hearts
joining hearts
overwhelmed by history and present
A gift to each other
this glorious day

Hearts joined
in the emotion of mountains and vistas
Light over all
this glorious day
Gently gazing in eyes
as souls strived to joining
imperfect sense
of this glorious day
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Morning coffee from the Titanic
New music Old friends
Old music and new friends
Relatives of old friends
New ways of seeing things already known
Love and all that

New smiles Old styles
Doing things the same old way
Smiling and laughing at the whole new day
Finding people you already know
Knowing you’ll find people out of the blue
Love and all that

Pink roses Bright eyes
Bright eyes happily looking
Pink roses framing a view of beauty
New friends becoming old friends some time to be
A vision of the present
Blessed vision of the future
Love and all that
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Charity that is not charity – ode to health care

Posted by Gerry on August 10th, 2015

Charity is giving. Charity is good.
Charity is corrupt if it serves the self interest of the giver above the interests of the people it is alleged to help.
Charity in the land of health care is a car wash to buy a kidney.
Charity in health care is a golf tournament to buy off the golfers’ perceptions.
Charity in health care is nonprofit insurance companies who own for profit hospitals.
Charity care of seven billion dollars in care advertised on public radio is seven billion dollars of overpriced full charge care that would be billed at a fraction of that except to write off on taxes.
Faith hope and charity
Charity that is not charity is hypocrisy and corruption
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