It catches my eye as I walk across the room
tawny spots, gray tinged slink across the snowmelt
right, left, right, left – like pendulums to her clock
clawless tracks of a wildcat, a string of calling cards
for the squirrel, the vole, the quick snowshoe hare
and here I stand at the slider, aware, my desk a cache
my camera zooms, focuses, clicks, hunts her down
she licks and preens, lithe and lynx-like in the copse
a crowned queen on her throne of stone, she’s alone
paws retract now, tuck in against the cold, eyes half-close
under gray sky, undercover in her coated mantle of instinct
A good Dad.
Who is he?
Sometimes it’s hard to put it into words,
sometimes all you need is a good idea
and some action
a warm smile
lots of love
some patience thrown in
a lesson or two
a kid at heart to follow
one little book with a tree swing in it
some elbow grease
pliers and a good hammer
a little helper
heavy duty bright yellow rope
Papa and Robert put up a tree swing after reading about one in a story.
connecting steel chain
a special swing
a ladder and a sturdy branch.
That’s a good Dad
that’s a dream come true.
In order to be able to write in the first place, you need “a room of your own” - a place where you can gather and write down your thoughts away from distractions. And you want to feel good in that room. As Virginia Woolf believed, a writer needs a sanctified space in order to even begin the craft of writing. So, set up a place, preferably not in your bedroom, where you can sit comfortably, feel safe, and write. I have tried writing in different spots in my house and I’ve found what works best for me is a sunny room off of the living room which we call the sun porch. I am an outdoors girl so feeling like I am sitting right in the woods helps me to relax. In this room I have placed a couple chairs, for the occasional visitor, a simple barn board desk and an office chair. The room also has a door if I need total quiet. You’ll also need a small bookcase or a closet with shelves, for your favorite books, supplies, and any folders where you’ll want to store active files for current projects required for writing or poetry groups you may belong to, which by the way, I encourage you to join. Doing so will help you to learn how to critique and how to accept constructive criticism which is an important part of the process of writing. On my desk there is a lap top – always back up your files, just in case. On a smaller table there is a printer, which you will need if you belong to writer’s groups or if you plan on submitting work to traditional publishers. I am old-fashioned, so I really like having a cup of pens and pencils, some notebooks, sticky pads, and my journal close by along with a stapler, paper clips, Kleenex, a picture of my family and a coaster for my coffee cup. So drink up and get writing! You can do it. Anyone can be a writer, there is so much to write about, all it takes is passion and discipline. Write on!
“The simple act of looking, transformed into a daily ritual, assures that we are seen by the other, at the beginning of the day, before separation into the flow of life. It is a mental photograph we carry through the day; a reminder of the importance of seeing and being seen, considering and being considered, caring and being cared for, by others close to us. As a friend of mine always said, “Little things are big things.” Small gestures have a deep current. Each moment adds to the flow. If there is variety in the familiar, it is always new.” – Franz Nicolay