more about the robins…

Will you believe me when I say how much the number of robins out there excites me…this morning again, even in the snowy rain, they sit in the highest of bare branches. Some fly across to the junipers, their dark needled limbs jumping with busy inhabitants.

fourteen birds sit high

her binoculars see red

snow shrinking below

where she celebrates each sign

those round robins may bear young


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knots in my hair


My aging head

knotted curls
and tight frizz hedges

stone castle gardens
that fell from air

their dead weight
tears my skull

long silken strands
weaving nests

where birds of every kind
come to rest

some squawk and squall
as tin bells call

but when I dream
of open sky
of timeless places
birds of joy will be my guests


The beautiful painting is the work of artist Catrin Welz-Stein, featured by Lillian at dVerse Poets Pub for Tuesday Poetics.  Catrin Welz-Stein kindly gave permission for her art to be used as inspiration for our writing.  

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more orange!


When the world becomes a snow globe, it’s time to make soup.  The sun is rising earlier, days are longer and everyone is talking about spring, but it’s still freezing cold.

In the fall I buy large and small pumpkins and line them up on the counter.  Their brilliant orange cheers my spirits. Two days ago, in cold February, I cut up my second last pumpkin and made a huge pot of soup with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and coriander.

Five spice aroma

warms last nights of winter

Is this early spring?


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Snow globe world


no wind, no storm

disturbs the falling snow

this snow globe world


I laughed yesterday when I heard a radio host say “I feel like I’m living in a snow globe”.  He was confirming that snow will continue falling for the next few days. I too feel like I am living in a snow globe. I took the above photo while driving home and the image below, showing a snowman in a snow globe, is from Pixabay.


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