Picoftheweek — Movement

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek challenge – Movement

I’m running a bit behind right now. Behind everything so time for some catchup this week. 😉

6.9.20 Movement
Sunrise on Kauai

Sun rising
as the earth
always in motion
dances through the day
Waves bring the tide
as the sea
always in motion
dances through the night

Ornico Flow — Enya

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Sunday Stills – A Mother’s Love

5.11.20 giving

They say a mother’s love
is like a rose
rich with beauty and fragrance
giving without thought
to the shortness of it’s season

But for me it’s been more
like a cactus flower
wild, unimaginable beauty
difficult to find
impossible to forget

and prickly, very prickly

For Sunday Stills – A Mother’s Love

Mother’s Day was yesterday here in the US. It’s a mixed emotion kind of day for me as my mother and my mother-in-law are both gone many years and I still miss them. Like many other mothers, I received greetings and socially distant hugs from children and grandchildren this year and all is well. My own experience with motherhood has been fraught with joy and pain, disaster and triumph. So thanks to my Moms for the love they gave me, the insight and advice; and thanks to my children, for forgiving me the worst of my mistakes.

You and Me Against the World — Helen Reddy

Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized ~JP

2020picoftheweek # 15 — Nature

 

 

 

 

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek # 15 — Nature

4.28.20 nature Nature

There is a magic in nature
that soothes the soul
and refreshes the heart
reminding us we’re just one part
of a greater whole

A child dreams of magic
dancing in the spring
grown-ups long for love
when did we forget
that they’re the same thing

Crystal — Stevie Nicks

About the pic, snapped in October (spring in NZ) Queenstown Botanical Park, Queenstown, NZ I fell in love with this orchid-like flower. I believe it is an “Orchid Lights” variety of rhododendron based on the stamens and huge size of the “shrub” which was well over two meters tall.

Til next time ~Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Santized ~JP

2020 picoftheweek #14 — Treetops

2020-pic of the week

For Maria Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek — my prompt: Treetops

4.16.20 tree tops
About the photo — looking up through fall leaves at Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan

Looking Up

Looking up I see the sky
shining bright before my eyes
looking down, I seen green grass
don’t see the ice, fall on my ass
I see treetops filtering the sun
don’t even care about my aching bum

Shoe Event Horizon – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Til next time ~Keep Looking Up! ~JPP

Monday Window and #picoftheweek 14

4.6.20 up the canyon
View from the rear window of a Swiss Army Butt Cruncher at 13,000 ft. near Silverton, Colorado

For Ludwig’s Monday Window and
Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek #13 — On the Road

STUCK INSIDE

Stuck inside while the hours roll by
instead of the miles
how I miss the drone of my tires
on hot asphalt
taking me to places never seen before
for life wasn’t meant
to be lived in one place
and I am not the same person
having seen the sun rise
on the other side of the world

On The Road Again — Willie Nelson

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

NaPoWriMo day 4 and dVerse OLN — Clouds of Dreams

1.30.20 Blue Skies

For NaPoWriMo day 4 where today we’re writing about dream images
and for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub

Clouds of Dreams

I bounce along the clouds
as they form a path before me
like cobbled stepping stones
solid and multi-hued
but translucent to the light
that pours from the sky
through me, through the clouds
through the stones
reaching down I pluck
a yellow daffodil
as the clouds begin to whirl
and shift beneath my feet
until they part, leaving me
standing in clear air

Dreams — Fleetwood Mac

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

What Day Is It Anyway? Coping with Covid and AtoZ blogging challenge “C”

snowy branches

For A to Z Blogging Challenge — “C” Coping

Coping with Quarantine

Looking out my window hoping
there’s more to life than merely coping
my nerves in need of extended doping
fingers raw from excessive soaping
with new protocols I’m still groping

but …

snow still glistens, bunnies hop
and birds still sing, never stop
it’s really not so bad a thing
simply coping with quarantine

What Day Is It Anyway? – Coping with Covid day 15

What day is it anyway? Hmmmm I’m thinking Friday? I only know this because it’s “Castle” night. Yep, we watch dvds of the series “Castle” on Friday nights and, hey I never miss Nathan Fillion. It’s quiet here, very quiet, no people out walking, no carts driving by, no snow plows. It’s almost eerie and kind of weird but we’re just taking it all in.

Castle Theme

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Crimson’s Creative Challenge 73 and NaPoWriMo 3

ccc 4.3.20

For Crimson’s Creative Challenge # 73 the beautiful prompt above
and NaPoWriMo day 3 where today we are to utilize rhyming tools

The Box

Deep in the forest covered in green
there rested a box barely seen
it perched atop a narrow ravine
looking down, calm and serene
watching, waiting in it’s quarantine
carpeted with vines all velveteen
Into that forest so crisp and clean
there came a fairy, fluttering
her wings sparkled iridescent sheen
“Hello” said the box “I’ve been waiting”

The Box — John Denver

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

A to Z Blogging Challenge and What Day Is It Anyway April 2

snowy branches

A to Z Blogging Challenge – B is for Blessing
What Day Is It Anyway April 2— Coping with Covid day 14

Blessings

My life is full of blessings
even though the snow is messing
with my plans, leaving me guessing
I find my self honestly confessing
I miss the sun’s warmth caressing
though Summer heat can be oppressing
and humidity is too depressing
So I’ll cloak myself in winter’s dressing
warm and snug to contemplate my blessings

Awoke to several inches of snow this morning when a spring squall moved in. A few more inches since then. It’s been a quiet day, roads and sidewalks are slick with melting then refreezing run off. My exercise today has consisted of an indoor walking video, and shoveling the front walk twice plus a short walk to the garbage cans. Good enough.

I am reminded today that one of my goals has been to acknowledge the blessings this pandemic panic has brought my way. I gaze out my window at the snow covered trees, bushes and roads and contemplate the blessing of a warm snuggly home. I was able to pick up groceries yesterday, have ordered more on-line and have a stocked pantry to see me through until those orders arrive. Blessings, oh so many, many blessings fill my world every day, it is humbling to contemplate. Blessings to you my friends.

 

A day in the life — The Beatles

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

2020 picoftheweek # 12 — Details

2020-pic of the week

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek challenge # 12 — my prompt for this week — details

and for Kammie’s Oddball Photo Challenge

4.2.20 details
about the photo: Love locks on the railing along Wellington, NZ waterfront footbridge over Frank Kitts Lagoon.

Love Locks

Love is not found in grand passion
nor in the splendid hues of sunrise
Love lives in the little things
the twinkle in the eye
at a well time joke
the brush of your body against mine
love doesn’t lie in the words we say
but in those tiny details
of life we live day after day

What Is Life — George Harrison

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP