SOCS – How Many Ways

Iris
Iris, Queens Garden – Invercargill NZ

For Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday our prompt is “more than a hundred”

How to I love thee?
Let me count the ways
I love you like the flower
loves the sun’s bright rays
I love you with my very soul
and I’ll love you all my days
between my heart and yours
many words lose their way
Just how many are there
I have often wondered
I may not know the total
but, it’s more than a hundred

 

I’ll have to say I love you in a song ~ Jim Croce

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Sunday Stills – Life’s a Beach

Many thanks to Cathy over at Picture This for hosting Sunday Stills for us during Terri’s August blogging break. Our prompt for this week is “Beautiful Beaches”

8.2.20 march of the sand crabs
March of the sand crabs – Kauai, Hawaii

I was born to be a mermaid
but by nature was betrayed
to live this false existence
and walk this world on legs
the ocean’s song still sings
within my heart and mind
peace and calm engulf me
as I watch the waves unwind

8.2.20 GuLangYu
View from GuLangYu Islet off the coast of Xiamen, China
8.2.20 wakatipu nz
Beach at Wakatipu Lake – Queenstown, NZ
8.2.20 surf Oahu, Hawaii
Surf on Oahu, Hawaii

Stronger — Under the Sea: A Descendants Short Story

til next time ~maluhia ~JP

Sunday Stills — Yellows of Summer

 

7.27.20 yellow coneflower
Black-eyed Susans near Rapid City SD

For Terri’s Sunday Stills our prompt is “yellow”

Yellows of Summer

Brittle yellow grass
crunches beneath my feet
trees drop their leaves
yellow with drought stress
Black-eyed Susans
and Marigolds wink
at the summer heat
while children run
through sprinklers
and adults pray
for rain

7.27.20 forsythia NZ
Yellow Wisteria at Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown, NZ

7.27.20 canal boats - Suzhou China

Canal Boats – Suzhou, China

 

Yellow Submarine — The Beatles

Till next time ~Peace ~JP

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

Sunday Stills – Leisurely Awakening

5.6.20 awakening
Dawn near Kapaa

Awakening

Slowly stretch and yawn
rising up to greet the dawn
fire breaks through the sky
awaken the magic before my eyes
leisure days of sun and sand
far away from the things of man

For Sunday Stills — awakening of leisure

Leisure is one thing I’m feeling the lack of lately. Most of my leisure activities, you see, involve traveling. As in, long distance traveling. One of my absolute favorite leisure activities is staying on a little stretch of beach near Kapaa on the Island of Kauai in Hawaii. There each morning we rise early to watch the awakening of the day. We stand and soak in the glorious ambience of sun and sea.

Aloha Oe — Teresa Bright

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

Picoftheweek – 16 — Surrounded

5.4.20 surrounded
About the photo: taken with my cell phone from an overlook along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, Kaikoura NZ

EDGE OF THE WORLD

Looking off the edge of the world
surrounded by sapphire waters
here sky and water meet
no words, no song
can match the startling beauty
that is almost too much
for one poor heart to bear

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek challenge. My prompt this week: Surrounded

Over the Rainbow / What a wonderful World – IZ, Israel Kamakawiwo`Ole

Til next time ~Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Sanitized

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

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