Essential Work

Sitting on the back porch of 2020, watching for the sun to rise on the next year, I am grateful for our common task that binds us - this essential work of loving in the time we have to love. Let's get busy with that, shall we? And in the meantime, I share some excerpts …

Before and After (a poem)

Before and after There’s this thing going around about how we should not want to go back to “normal” because what came before should be – upon reflection – forsaken. I don’t know what your normal looked like before, but as for me, I can’t wait to have an unplanned conversation with a colleague by …

A Prayer for the Disillusioned Idealist (a poem by Kelly Belmonte)

A PRAYER FOR THE DISILLUSIONED IDEALIST, the earthbound acrobat whose grip failed to close at the reach, and in failing fell below the beginning. May this new view give grounding as grace.  Let unexpected friendships replace pseudo-saviors – and false expectations yield to merciful humility – for Your Name’s sake Amen ***** Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 18

A day late, today's poem is from yesterday's NaPoWriMo prompt. My starting poem is Jane Kenyon's Song (which begins, "An oriole sings from the hedge..."). Simple Pleasures Those hidden drops, forgotten seeds, fragile flower-filled absences that hill, valley, stream cannot contain: The simple pleasure of the long familiar. So lucky to be not forgotten but …

The Hardest Word

“It's sad, so sad (so sad) Why can't we talk it over? Oh it seems to me That sorry seems to be the hardest word” ~ By Bernie Taupin, Elton John You can’t swing a cat in a crowded subway station these days without hitting an offender. By “offender,” I mean someone who has wronged …

More NaHaiWriMo…

More NaHaiWriMo fun, my friends! Thanks for playing along, Rob! Who else wants to join in? Here are my latest from Day 8 to now, all of which were based on the prompts provided here: Day 8 Evening sky - Playing with God’s paintbox Day 9 Remember when we walked into the Atlantic up to our knees? Day …