Holding goodness in our hearts

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From the depths of sadness
Memory brings forth
Moments of tenderness
In dreams
In the moment
That it is a dream
Thus comfort becomes
The knowledge that past tenderness
Resides in the heart
And wanders around the inner mind’s realm
Memories of comfort
Near the depths of the soul
<><><><><><><><><><> 12/07/14

Anne with glasses
With goodness in our hearts
and sadness in our eyes
we said goodbye

We had felt the depths
and seen too much
when we said goodbye

Strength can hold the heart aloft
though tears in trials flow
as we said goodbye

Time is healer of the heart
Mind’s eye throws us back
to when we said goodbye

Many hearts through fits and starts
Have seen some better things
as we said goodbye

Time does not erase our feelings
and silent tears return sometimes
to when we said goodbye

Holding goodness in our hearts
as we gaze beyond
when we said goodbye

<><><><><><><><><><> 09/17/17
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Love is in the air

111515 Sonoma County 397
Love is in the air
Hummingbirds come together by the redwood trees
Beak to beak flying
Spinning in a synchronized pattern
Spinning like a corkscrew into the air
Cascading suddenly down and away
Flying off to wispy clouds
Beyond the stand of trees
Lovers laugh to see the sight
Of nature all around
While hearts entwine our feelings find
Our hearts back here on the ground
Joyous visage looking up
The lives in truth emerging
As beauty was
Still beauty is
In our joining we have found
The parts of us worth saving
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 07/18/15
Bird bath Fall color
The Sun whirrs
my loved one stirs
my heart improves
on a sunny Sunday afternoon
sunshine on the curtain falls
like a poem falling off the bed

hearts delight in the afternoon bright
as lazy is what lazy does
on a day like no other
balmy breezes and the Redwood trees
river noises expanding none the less

the mating Hawks above us
calling out their names
omen of magnificent becoming
on this glorious day
I have learned to live each moment
and this indeed is a very fine moment
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 08/16/15

Hummingbird at Bantam
On the patio watering plants in the Sun
a hummingbird brushed her shoulder
and gazed briefly into her eyes

the river of life and wind of God touched by a hummingbird

a river of humanity flows on a road
like water over rapids
sunshine or clouds do not slow down
the flow the river passes

and wind of God touched by a hummingbird

loving beauty and cherishing time
to make a space to reflect
surrounded by color and wisps above
finding each moments best aspect

the river of life and wind of the creator
touched by the brush of hummingbird wings

gazing on this sunny afternoon
at the beauty of her smile
and the gift of her time
days and nights shared
with wings of a hummingbird

the river of life
and the breath of God
across the earth arriving
at the place, this space,
in the form of a hummingbird
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 10/06/15
Hummingbird at Bantam
A cocoon by a river
Hanging in the air
Above the trees
Not in the trees
Above the world
Not in the world
Tender warmth
Enshrouded in thread
Growing new wings
And colors which emerge

Awakening in a cocoon
Branches shadows colors
Light of day or night
Sometime difference merges
In vivid space to grow
Where life and love are melded
In a protected place
Breathe and pulse enshrouded
Growing all life’s grace
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 10/24/15
Sunflowers & wine

a thin veil

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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 07/13/15
Grovers Hot Springs June 20, 2015

Love and all that


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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 05/23/15

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
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 06/02/15 @brew

Some views of love and its choices

Mystical oak
Love is a spite.
Its devotion knows no bounds;
Neither high nor low.
Love is an integration of souls.
Love is an interminable commitment of fidelity.
Love pushes all our buttons and expects us to reset them
So they can be pushed again.

Love is a spite with a certainty
that no matter how much
of your hurt and sadness and frustration is expressed as anger,
no matter what,
it holds on to me and you, and you and me.
Nobody told us it would be exactly like this,
but they sure told us it would be a journey.
We heard “for better or for worse” our whole lives.
And lo and behold they both happened again and again.

Love has the spite to prove to you that
I’ll hold on to you no matter what.
Love is just stubborn that way.
Love is never violent. It never hurts for hurting sake.
Love never destroys itself nor the other person.

Love can be unkind at times
Because love trusts in its reciprocity
That hurt and sadness can be overcome in its very being.
My love is my love in spite of myself after all this time.
The love I receive in return is the same,
Full, complete, complex and in spite of it all.

I love you in spite of myself.
I love you in spite of yourself.
There is a connection deep and unexplainable
Which brings our souls together.
In each of our minds we are committed to the other.
As time goes by the connection is stronger.

The meaning of fidelity is manifest in spite of all that happens.
Our minds and our souls and our lives experiences
Are so intertwined that the two cannot be less than together.
Even if we are apart the connection remains strong and mysterious.
This is what we have made by choice and chance and spite.
If we love in spite of ourselves, and if we take away the spite,
All that is left is the connection of our love.
><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 05/19/13

Love is a choice
It is also a mysterious voice
Inside our heads, within our hearts

Inner emotion evolves
Until it finally resolves
To bring together all of our parts

The part of me that sees
How separate I can be;
Such an unenduring plight

Nothing else can fill the part of me
That needs to have some company
So search ensues to cure this blight

It’s not some random thing
Like a bird upon the wing
Startled to take flight

Love makes choices every day
What to do and what to say
Affection the branch found to alight

But like the branch that moves and sways
Loves must balance in its days
How to act and feel while making something right

Hopes to share an inner vision
Connections made in each decision
It’s not some random wondrous flight

Affection grows through choices made
As our hopes and dreams get weighed
Through the evenings on into the night

In sleep and dreams the choice still spinning
Is this joining worth the winning?
Joy of love found at first light

Happiness found in its potential
For each humans being, love essential
Fulfilling hopes and dreams so bright

Love is a choice
A lovely yet mysterious voice
Inside our heads, within our hearts
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 10/14/14

The essence of love
Is borne of the availability
Of the heart and emotions
A person chooses to love
As love chooses to evolve.
Attraction, then infatuation
brings a choice of commitment
to explore the possibilities.
The commitment to the other person
Sometimes comes first,
But often our love is borne
In the mysterious inner self.
Did one inner self touch the other inner self?
The point of contact may be obscure,
then in joy, relief, and trepidation
one discovers the connection to the other – the love.
The connection, once made, is sustained by fidelity.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 04/16/08

Double Rainbow

Life is too short for a love that lasts so long


This is a very good thing.
Health and someone to share it with
Lack of health and someone to share it with
Life is too short for a love that lasts so long
Love, and my dear loved one, show the eternal truths
This is a very good thing.
Health or no health
Happiness or no happiness
Life and no life
These are each our being in a moment of eternal truth
This too is a very good thing
Health is, until it is taken for granted,
But never again
The foibles of our lives are learned in these moments of no health
Love, and my dear loved one, show the eternal truths
This is a very good thing.
The blessing is not only the health, it is the love and connections with the loved ones
Life is too short for a love that lasts so long
This is a good thing in its way, in its connection, on this day.


This moment is a place we’ve never been before.