From Broken Bow to Bow Birth on the Prarie Leaving Nebraska A Mother's Heart
1900 - Lizzie Up on Colony Mountain, about a mile from our farm, there is a commune of socialist people who are trying their best to live together peaceably. It is called the Equality Colony. When we were in Nebraska we often shared in the going on of Equality through their weekly newspaper, Industrial Freedom. [...]
Her eyes, her heart Her smile, her art Her laugh, her style Paint and pad, watery colors Splash into a beautiful painting On the sand, at the beach Camera snapping, capturing pictures Of her with flip flops and pails... painting pictures of many things A pony tail high, sun-kissed skin, A pink suit for swimming [...]
Red, peeling bark Smooth soft caress Always leaning into the wind Hair blown back Clinging to the edge Gnarled, graceful branches Signaling strength Weathering any storm Rare beauty Magnificent!
Solitary Blue Heron Timid, Graceful Strutting Slowly Snacking Along the Shore Pondering, Waiting Stillness, Tentative Watching Patiently Enjoying the Shoreline copyright 2012
Our Lady of the Rock Nuns in rubber boots Driving tractors Burying the dead--sister, farm animal Running errands Catching the ferry Shopping at Walgreens, Costco Selling their wares -- jewelry, pork, cheese Living on the Rock Sharing graciously They have dogs for pets Mother, sister, prioress Someone's daughter Choosing a life of hard work, [...]
Glass Beach Walking the hardened path -- an old railway bed covered in asphalt leads to a series of sandy labyrinth trails down, down, over enormous rocks that make up the edge of the earth Arriving in a little cove covered in small pebbles Glistening with jewels spilled here over the decades Sparkling in the sun, hues [...]
Symmetry of Life I've been thinking a lot about the symmetry of life from beginning and ending. When I had a baby 25 years ago there was a constant need for my attention; he relied on me to be present, available, devoted. His very life depended on me and I loved him with the deepest, [...]