Tag Archives: poetry

Vegitable Faith



Despite the worst of entropy

A bean will burst in ecstasy

Divine delight

A lumbar leap

Invisible, yet constant flight


Hope in February


Turn my face to the sun and close my eyes red

Hope in my heart

Hope in the bulbs fresh burst from the frost lock

Hope in my skin

Hope in the flight of the birds swirling sunlight

Bitter Cold

Bitter Cold

This is also available as a print here.


Liquid Darkness


Is it absence?

The state or quality of being [is] unable to distinguish

Is it lack of knowledge?

Human deficiency?

Is it light deficiency?

The state or quality of concealment [is] achromatic perception

Is it absence?

This post is inspired by Poets and Writer’s writing prompt The Time is Now as well as the theme “Dark” from the Creative Everyday Challenge.  The illustration is one of my monoprints entitled, “Liquid Darkness”.  It’s very odd to think about darkness as a presence that counteracts light as Goethe did.


IF: Exploration


The adjacent possible


Rubbing shoulders

Bouncing off ideas

One idea leads to the next

Two people love each other and then a baby comes

Then another

Then another and

Love branches off into the future

You can’t reach it

But you can start it

Or can you?

What sparks


“Planting the Tree” Henry Abbey

Here is a delightful poem that I came across as we moved books this weekend.  It was a refreshing antidote to the overly simplistic message of “The Lorax” which we had just watched.  Although a funny movie it seems to portray that the very act of cutting down a tree is evil.  We do want our children to care for the world around them.   That means planting and caring for trees, of course, but at times it might also mean chopping a tree down and carving it into something it never could have been on its own.


“Planting the Tree”

by Henry Abbey

(from Elson-Gray Basic Readers Book Six, 1936)

What do we plant when we plant the tree?

We plant the ship, which will cross the sea.

We plant the mast to carry the sails;

We plant the planks to withstand the gales –

The keep, the keelson, and beam, and knee;

We plant the ship when we plant the tree.

What do we plant when we plant the tree?

We plant the houses for you and me.

We plant the rafters, the shingles, the floors;

We plant the studdings, the laths, the doors,

The beams and siding, all parts that be;

We plant the house when we plant the tree.

What do we plant when we plant the tree?

A thousand things that we daily see;

We plant the spire that out-towers the crag,

We plant the staff for our country’s flag,

We plant the shade, from the hot sun free;

We plant all these when we plant the tree.

(My painting was based off of a photograph in “The Sierra Club Guide to Close-Up Photography in Nature” by Tim Fitzharris)