Saturday, August 27, 2011

Poppy Seed

Snip, snip, just below
the pale brown globes 
place them in the pail 
dangling from my arm -
I’ve harvested a half gallon 
of miniature maracas! 

Friday, August 26, 2011


Self seeded cosmos grows thick,
towering along the lawn edge,
canopy scatter crowned
with white, with orchid pink 
palm sized radial blossoms,
understory thick with side stalks
branching at ferny forty-fives.
On the shaded soil floor domestic
tabbies dream of forest primeval.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The day Begins to Cool at Last

After the sun disappears 
behind the shielding ridge
walking to the mailbox reveals
a map of micro-climates -
cooling across the open pasture  
cooler among the aspens creekside
warm under the sweet ponderosa.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Green Grapes

Bursting firm warm globes
sweetly mild - except 
for occasional small squint
inducing tart ones!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In the Dishpan

A raft of bubbles moored alongside
a red Seattle’s Best Coffee mug
reclining half submerged atop
a sunken stack of yellow plates.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Whose Livery?

Unmistakably a ladybird beetle
but it bears a creamy yellow elytra
not the common crimson and
black horizontal bars replace
the standard issue buttons.

elytra: wing case

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Holding the peach in my hand
fingers broad spread
slowly closing my grasp
the fuzzy jacket slips off
revealing glimmery slick
yellow orange red succulence.

Friday, August 19, 2011


Sneaking under the closed blind
a splash of moonlight
reflecting on the glass desktop.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie

Hot sweet nutty fragrance,
soft insides spotted with gooey
brown goodness stretching 
between broken halves,
crisp crunchy bottom crust.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Avian Propwash

Purple petunias flailing
like a trailing scarf
evidence the turbulence of
hummingbird’s hover.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Night Feedings

Yet again the kitten wakes me
after a couple short hour’s sleep,
when his tiny belly is eye-droppered full
we sit on the floor in the first sunlight.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mona Lisa 1:1 Reproduction

Over and over, your serene bemused face
but never have I noticed the mountains
sea, roadways and arching bridge!

(Viewed at The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, Washington, USA as part of the Leonardo DaVinci - Man, Inventor, Genius exhibit.)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Breadseed Poppy

Atop the silver green seedpod globe
grows an amber lined compass rose,
a crimson and black lady bird beetle
rests in the center plotting it’s course. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Honey bee working, one after the other,
tiny florets in the brown sunflower face, 
all her foreparts caked in brilliant pollen 
quoting the color of the showy outer rays.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sun's Up

The scrabbling outside the window is Sunrise,
she's hanging amid the scarlet runner bean's
orange blossoms halfway up the trellis,
a scolding hummingbird just out of reach.

(Sunrise: a year old tabby cat)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Sunlight and hot water fall together
bubbling onto dandelion yellow plates
stacked in the old white ceramic sink.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Highland Games Pipe Band Competition

Three smartly kilted pipers 
from the head of the column
marches an enthusiastic drummer
with a most un-martial bounce.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Drying elderberry florets
scattered like creamy confetti
over green hammock stripes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Loosen Up

Orange daylily quick sketched 
on the edge of a paper
where it doesn’t matter 
touched up with colored pencil.
Hey - not bad!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Writing at Nightfall

Eyes lift from typing,
the window sneers blackly. 
Lower the shade - stop the night
from swallowing my words!