"The ordinary can be absolutely miraculous."
~ Simon Armitage
LIKE THE SWEETNESS OF GARDENIAS
Mother, you died 15 years ago.
I felt shards of pain so deep
I couldn't breathe,
the sun could not break the clouds.
Then there was just stillness
like the sweetness of gardenias
in the crystal vase
on your yellow kitchen table.
so fragrant, so strong.
Today the tradewinds blow your voice to my ear
a pleasant mantra
magic words that move my palms, your palms,
together we mold, help, create.
your gift has become my gift.
In the mirror I see your eyes,
your beautiful brown circles
looking back, so radiant.
"Don't forget me," you whispered
your heart stopped
I won't forget.
"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." ~ Jack London
"Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not yet begun to live." ~ Thomas Merton
"Live in the active voice, rather than in the passive. Think more about what you make happen than what is happening to you."~ William De Witt HydeHad to choose this one. My back deck perch on left, a jet leaving Asheville stains a trail in the sky. And oh, the colors of that passionate sky. It is morning in Asheville.