Friday, December 30, 2011
even after all these years as a human, i'm still trying to figure it all out.....
learning how not to always stand on the edge of it, but walk into it...
sometimes wishing there were training footsteps with numbers on them showing me where to step and which foot to step with
knowing that even though it feels like it's set in stone, it really isn't because i have the power to change that,
and if i'm not careful, i could chip away at it so recklessly that i could reduce it to nothing but rubble.
in this new year,
let us all remember to step with care
to dance when life feels heavy,
even when we don't have footsteps to follow along in.
i wish you all a beautiful new year.
Posted by dawn at 12/30/2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
streets lit with magic
the season of love and joy
breathing it all in
i wish you all a very joyous and wonderful christmas.
thank you for your visits here and thank you for your support.
merry christmas with love,
Posted by dawn at 12/24/2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
the 10 commandments of christmas season behavior
1. thou shalt not use "yuletide log" or "christmas balls" in a derogatory fashion
2. thou shalt not punch, hit or shove any human under the age of 10 in store lines. after the age of 10, it's all fair game.
3. thou shalt not wear fat pants for any longer period of time than january 30th at which such time the 8 pounds that have been gained should be well on their way to being gone
4. thou shalt refrain from dressing with any item of clothing that blinks, jingles or requires a battery
5. thou shalt not drink red bull and eat items with high sugar content at the same time. (this includes pets as well)
6. thou shalt bear in mind that there is a direct correlation between power bills and exterior lighting decorating choices
7. thou shalt act merry and brite at all times....even if it kills you.
8. thou shalt remember that there is only one christmas per year and that you will remember this christmas fondly every year after, giving anything to have it back.
Posted by dawn at 12/04/2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
may god give you the grace never to sell yourself short.
the grace to risk something big for something good.
the grace to know that the world is now too dangerous for anything but truth,
and too small for anything but love.
may god take your minds and think through them.
may god take your lips and speak through them.
and may god take your hearts
written by william coffin
and adapted by stephen shoemaker
happy thanksgiving to you all.
Posted by dawn at 11/24/2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
it's not fall if you don't rake tlhe leaves up
and then jump in them.
it's not fall if you don't catch sight of your shadow on the ground and notice how long it is,
jumping around and dancing like a ridiculous clown just to see how much longer you can make it.
it's not fall if you don't breathe in that earth rich smell,
or that familiar smokey scent of leaves burning in the distance....
if you don't become just a little wistful at the poignancy of the season's change....
the familiarity of it,
and the disbelief that it's happening yet again....
it's not fall if you don't anticipate the quiet breath of winter and the ever present longing for spring to return.
it's not fall if the amber light doesn't strip your soul down to the very core and humble your spirit.
Posted by dawn at 11/19/2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
he drove a VW beetle......
drove it all up and down the east coast,
he put his head through the windshield of one when someone pulled out in front of him.
after that terrible accidentt, he was forever pulling tiny glass shards out of his forehead....
like a constant reminder that life can suddenly change in an instant.
i was young then,
i don't really remember anything about it except the anxiety on my mother's face and waiting at the hospital for hours as i stood on a chair with my hands pressed on the windows looking out at the city below while the hot summer sun beat down on me.
it's curious the things that you remember,
and the things you don't.
i know now that my father probably faced down many fears when he got back behind the wheel of a brand new VW beetle,
but i never knew it then.
all i knew was that i always felt safe with him behind the wheel.
Posted by dawn at 11/02/2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
if i walked through the gate,
would i find the quiet place?
would i find the place where all things make sense?
the place where i could understand why things are not always the way i want them to be,
but the place of resolution that all things are as they are?
and if i didn't walk through that gate,
would it be okay if those answers were not there for me?
i don't know if i can walk through that gate,
i don't know if i can't.
Posted by dawn at 10/21/2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
the early morning light
is the light
runs through my veins
fills me with
the quiet hope that
all will be well.
the late day light
is the light
that i breathe
and fills me with
the assurance that
all was well.
Posted by dawn at 10/01/2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
he asked me if i would take a walk with him and so i did.
we walked for a very long time
through all four of the seasons many times over and through mountains of patience
sometimes my feet would hurt and blister and i complain,
but he listens to me and supports me while i look for a band aid.
he always reaches out his hand to help me back up when i trip and fall
and smiles at me lovingly.
and then we walk some more.
Posted by dawn at 9/20/2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
people have told me many
they worry that
if they started to cry.....
they would never stop.
but what they don't realize,
is that every tear that falls is not
just from their eyes,
but from their heart.
and their heart is like a sponge....
it can only hold so much sadness
before it gets too heavy
and must shed its weight.
Posted by dawn at 9/11/2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
if i sit and think about things,
then i feel guilty
that i've wasted time thinking
not doing enough.
when i do a whole bunch,
then i feel guilty
that i haven't slowed down
and given more thought before
so i was thinking that it might be good
to think about my thinking time
as actually doing something....
and to do my doing time as
a way of clearing my mind so
that i can think.
most times though,
i forget what i was thinking about
and usually can't remember what it was that i was supposed to do
Posted by dawn at 9/06/2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
please let me cross my bridges with confidence.
let me pass with grace
on my walks across.
may i always give myself permission
to stop and look behind me
to measure how far i've come,
may i not let how far i need to go
intimidate me or keep me from trying,
may i always have a super cute outfit to wear,
so i can strut my stuff in style.
Posted by dawn at 8/26/2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
i was thinking
of the ways that jam
are similar to one another........
they both can spread themselves too thin
and sometimes too thick.....
they're both colorful and shine when the light hits them.....
and although no one would ever have thought to pair them with nuts,
when they are,
the effect is delightful
Posted by dawn at 8/14/2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
but not the kind of stuck
between a rock
the kind of stuck
when you discover
that you have gum on your shoe and you don't want to take another step
until you get it off so you don't stick it to anything else.
the kind of stuck
when you're finally all comfortable and peaceful
and then you discover you have to go to the bathroom.
the inertia kind of stuck.
the barnacle on a boat.
the clog in the drain.
the bogged down,
kind of stuck.
i'm in the midst of being stuck.....
if you think about it...
is really action in and of itself...
the action of being stuck.
maybe i'm really not stuck at all...
or maybe not....
Posted by dawn at 7/11/2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
they say there are seven natural wonders of the world,
but for me,
there are so many more.......
the way a tree arches into the sunlight
and throws its shadow
across the landscape.....
the impeccable design of a bird's nest,
the dreamlike beauty of a
twirling in a pink
there are so many more ways to wonder than seven.
Posted by dawn at 6/22/2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
i was always told
to wipe my feet
into the house....
but i always
that if i didn't
leave a muddy
footprint or two,
my mother would
never even know
Posted by dawn at 5/16/2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
my rearview mirror
has a sticker on it
objects appear closer
than they really are.....
i find that to be true
except when it comes
they are usually much
than they appear
and i can't seem to find a rearview mirror
that will make them
Posted by dawn at 5/11/2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
ten things that will happen while i am away:
1. i will not say the following words: routine, mandatory, scheduled, or necessary
2. i will not hear a xylophone alarm at 6:30 am or any other time of the day or night
3. i will say that i am well when asked how i am and i will really mean it
4. i will forget what day of the week it is as well as the current month and year
5. i will not experience the following emotions: frustration, impatience, shame or intolerance
6. i will allow myself to take a nap if i am tired
7. i will look up.....often
8. i will feel the power of the earth beneath my feet and the ocean before me
9. when the sun rises, i will be there to watch it
10. i will remember this time always
see you in a couple of weeks.
Posted by dawn at 4/15/2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
thank you for being made so perfectly for
each of my fingertips.
you taste even better
i can pop you right into my mouth
off of each of my fingers......
Posted by dawn at 4/10/2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
if i could be any place at all,
i would want to be a windowsill.
i'd only want to be a windowsill if the sun shone on me.
i'd only want the sun to shine on me if i was adorned with flowers in small glass jars.
i'd only want flowers in small glass jars to adorn me if they were wildflowers picked by little children's hands.
i'd only want those wildflowers picked by little children's hands if they gave me a big hug to go along with them.
i'm not picky though....
any big hug from little children's hands will be fine by me.
Posted by dawn at 4/03/2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
there are parts to every person
that are more tended to
parts that are caged,
parts that roam free,
parts that are in the light
and parts that are in the shadows.
sometimes they fight with one another,
sometimes they are harmonious.
i'm not sure these parts make up a
whole or that they are even meant
because the imperfection of parts...
tended to and not....
these fragmented parts,
are our essential nature.
i think we are always incomplete.
to be whole,
means being unbroken,
something i know
i will never achieve.
Posted by dawn at 3/06/2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Posted by dawn at 2/17/2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
it happens every year.
usually during the crappiest of all crappy winter days.....
the spring colors.
suddenly, the stores are full of
the perkiest of pinks,
the grassiest of greens,
a perfect plethora of pantone prospects adorning every rack.
what do i do?
i fall in love.
and i buy....
i buy in a big way.
and then i put them in my closet
where they wait for warmer weather to arrive....
full of the prospects of sunshiney days and spring in my steps.
until i look at them and wonder......
why, pray tell, do i do this to myself?
because these colors were not meant for me
the greens are ghastly.
the pinks look perfectly putrid....
i must learn to curtail my color conventions.
i vow not to pine for purple pants.
Posted by dawn at 2/11/2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
i've heard it said that
you take the weather with you,
and since i
really can't afford
the extra airfare for hurricanes
i guess i'll just ride
out the storm
and wait to travel
a clearer day.
Posted by dawn at 1/28/2011