The Daily Napkin

Most every work day for more than 11 years, I wrote a love note, poem or other inspirational thought, on a napkin – and tucked it in my husband, Marshal’s, lunch – a ritual of the heart. At the beginning of 2009, Marshal started typing them up. It became OUR ritual of the heart to share the Daily Napkin as a blog. Then, in October 2015, Marshal retired, so the whole dynamic changed. I took several months to re-evaluate and decide what I was going to do. The poetry of the napkin is now joined with my art and/or photography images. May you enjoy them. May they feed your spirit.

The Journey

The Journey   You may find exhilarating storms of hope placid lakes of indifference and rushing streams of joy   still throughout your intrepid journey the constant thread stitches all together in the heart

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Cereus Joys of Caretaking

    From the prickly situation delicate bursts of gentle beauty  like love’s sweet whisper emerges in night’s darkness   From the bristly service everyday full of tasks fraught with jabbing thorns of duty and grief  born of love’s responsibility   In the still hours...

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Garden Lady

      Early Spring morning Sunlight and fresh air wafting through open window   Someone walking  through the leaves of last Fall   There stands Garden Lady with two fists full of bundled brown   Empowered joy shining on her face Barefoot on the Earth and grounded  ...

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Loquacious Child

      Even in the most complicated situations where multiple considerations intertwine into complexities yet undetermined whether beauteous or mundane   every present still the loquacious child babbling on incessantly making sense of all non-sensicalities...

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Wisdom Waken

    A crack in the world letting the light arrive awakening mystery amidst normal day to day shadow felled in one swoop one breaking open on dawning   tell me more with lively let the wisdom waken colors dancing on the tip awareness ogled sweetly glowering harrumphs...

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Caterpiano

    old abandoned and rusty usefulness no more still you could tell dancing fingertips once wrought harmony's fusion   heels clicked and squiveled skirts skirted and whooshed terrains yet overlooked blithely measured notes now ghostly impressions   handsome...

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Birth Day

    there is nothing more spiritual infused with awe and gratitude imbued with life's luscious essence of sacred breath than entrance into this world   years ago in almost spring with the innate aplomb innocence and elemental grit creation's nature you appeared...

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New Habit

  As you embark On the journey Of new habit   May the road Of intentions Prove smooth and joyous   May the unfamiliar pattern become extraordinarily ordinary with ease and grace    

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Spring’s Breath

When in the garden fallow Twig and leaf are dead It’s time to cut and trim, dig and prodPreparing for the lovely breath of Spring In the winter of my memoriesWhere feelings lay unsaidAnd frosty numbness veils Life within, still seekingIs poked and tethered deadWith...

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Repeat

    repeat repeat repeat   once again like clockwork another reiteration the tulip magnolia bloomed a surprise attack in pinks glorious magnificence as radiant sumptuousness   wind blew grey sky blustered gusts lifted and twirled   thus spring repeats resplendent...

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La-Dee-Dah!

    "I rest my life upon the sure foundation..."   In thought and word and deed she emulates that which lights her spirit   She embodies that which enlightens mine   A center for expression of good beautiful and creative eternal and victorious   Wisdom pouring out...

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God Box

    I have a little nest a woven bed of God thoughts accompanied by the song of my heart   prayers, releases requests for clarity clear guidance   all within the fancy house a jeweled abode carved by the story of my life...

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