dVerse Poets – Gifting Rhyme

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photo credit Alice Pasqual on Unsplash

Bjorn is our host for the final dVerse Poets Meet the Bar before the season break. Bjorn (sorry I cannot figure out how to insert special characters) asks us for a gifting rhyme.

Because you’re loved
and no other reason
enjoy this gift
to help you season

For a package of spices and teas I would have given my mother who would have LOVED this rhyming tradition. Merry Christmas to all, and I’m off to make a big pot of “seasonal” chili. 😉

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

The Poetics of Food

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Lisa is hosting Poetics Tuesday over at dVerse Poets pub and she has asked for a poem about food. Fall and food an inextricably linked for me. Food and memories, I can still smell the pies baking. I wonder sometimes, how will a generation brought up on store bought confections ever know the pure bliss of the smelling the first pumpkin pie of day, fresh from the oven, still jiggily as jello, cooling near the window.

Grandma’s Pumpkins

All through the month of October,
the leaves turned bright colors
and merrily danced on the winds
like the way I learned to dance
with my tiny feet on top of Daddy’s

Grandma’s kitchen was filled
with harvest smells and warmth
fog from the cook pots steaming
the windows where I drew hearts
leaves and jack-o-lanterns

Pumpkins graced the table nightly
in some form or another
roasted and drizzled with oil
mashed with rich butter
or baked into elegant pies

The pies were my favorite
delicate things they were,
edges with dough shaped like leaves
the top dark brown at the center
radiating out into delicate umber edges

The largest from the patch
were carved on Halloween
into happy faces, filled with candlelight
to keep unfriendly spirits at bay
silent sentries guard us through the night

Grandmother and her kitchen are gone now
I watch my grandchildren carve the pumpkins
that will stand guard over our homes this night
the kitchen is redolent with steam and smells
of cinnamon and butter, and Grandma’s pumpkins

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Sun and Moon – a Quadrille

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Sun and Moon – a Quadrille

The Sun burns until rains fall
in twilight breezes’ cooling thrall

the night rolls in with silent step
stars that twinkle and brightly jest

the Moon looks on in quiet beauty
guarding night, her solemn duty

night ends, Moon subsides
once again, Sun rise

word count 44

For the Monday Quadrille at dversepoets.com

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Mighty Rufous – a Quadrille

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I couldn’t resist a revisit to the dragon quadrille post, it’s all just so much fun, so for your consideration, another mighty tiny poem

for Quadrille Monday on dVerse Poets

Just pen us a poem of precisely 44 words, not counting the title, and using some form of the word dragon. Then drag your cursor on over to visit some of the fieriest poets on the ’net. And as the week drags on, we’re not done yet! The Quadrille prompt is up all week, and multiple posts (perhaps two-headed beasties?) are welcome. And hey, drop us a hello in the comments below. Maybe let me know who’s your favorite dragon? (Game of Thrones? Tolkien? Rowling? Or maybe Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon?)

Mighty Rufous

a tiny scarlet hummingbird
as fierce as any dragon
drinking sweet nectar
from a trumpet flower flagon
it flitters to and fro
wings just a blur to see
passing beauty, fragile joy
a dream of what might be
for all who would fly free

word count 44

Inspired by a Rufous hummingbird

Til next time ~Peace JPP

Frozen – a ekphrastic poem

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art work by mary frances


Dull grey, chilled ground
decay halts in frozen moments
Mother Earth slumbers
in her cocoon of
leaves made brittle with frost
colors retreat from the cold
still the Mother waits,
with endless patience
for the sun’s return
when the world thaws,
colors flow back to the land
and the dreamer awakens

for dVerse Poets pub

til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Spoonie Sunday – Life Tools – Escapist Coloring

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I’m spending some time examining the concept of a life tool box, as outlined by Chris of Cee-chris.com 

This week has been a bit “off” for me. I had minor surgery and, while certainly not serious, required general anesthesia which is always hard on my system. I’m recovering just fine thanks, so this week has been a lot about ‘taking it easy’. Continue reading “Spoonie Sunday – Life Tools – Escapist Coloring”


2.28.19 Balloons

Escapist Coloring Challenge – February’s gone, March on the way!

Here is my COMPLETED February project! Yeah me, I have completed two coloring pictures, on schedule. I really am so very grateful to Lindaghill.com for this great challenge. It’s so easy in the business of life to forget to take a few minutes, put on some fab music, and just chill. Having a deadline keeps me accountable and has really helped my “mindful coloring” meditation. I just let my mind go blank and focus on the colors and the page. So thanks to all of my fellow colorers and, if you haven’t taken up this challenge yet, come on and join in this ever so serene activity. Without further gilding of the lily, voila, I call it “balloons.”

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP


Brighter Passion

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Imagine Happy
explore your
brighter passion
you are
welcome here

Final Found Poetry February. Wow I can’t believe it’s the last day of February already. This last piece is an example of “cut out” poetry. I have a real love of words, different fonts, colors and meanings. So whenever I come across a word in a magazine or an ad or whatever, I cut it out. Then I put them together to form tiny little poems. This one is on a coloring page I did for Escapists Coloring Challenge. Mindful coloring is a lovely, serene activity and frankly, I need to do more of it. Check out the challenge and grab some crayons and join us.

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP