poetry

June, Front Porches, and Missing Martians

“Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher.”–Ray Bradbury  (Dandelion Wine) I picked up a copy of Dandelion Wine the day I heard Ray Bradbury died.  How fitting he should leave us on a day early in June. I love Fahrenheit 451, and read it every ten or fifteen years to see how many…

Untitled Poem

I’ve been feeling, lately, like it’s been too long since I’ve written poetry. Yes, I’ve been great about writing 500 words a day on a novel I’m working on…but I haven’t been writing poetry. And I miss it. I also thought it was time I post another poem here on my blog. So I started […]

FREE FOR FIVE DAYS ONLY

  Free is a great price! What do you get in Cat in Mouse? First, you get four short stories–short as in just a few pages, not 20+ pages. The stories all feature characters from the Seed Savers series. You don’t need to have read the novels to understand the stories. In fact, this is […]

June Haiku and Other Stuff

Roses shout at the passers-by; announcing that summer has arrived And now for the “other stuff.” First, in honor of summer’s imminent arrival here in the cool and cloudy Pacific Northwest: Yahoo!!!! Okay, enough of that. I need to get outside soon and lay some soaker hoses in the garden before everything grows too much.. […]

The Dedication Page (for Garrett)

I don’t know if I can do it but I promise I’ll try And hope your mom forgives me for making her cry. Today is your birthday but you are not here So we’ll remember you fondly with memories dear. When you were a toddler we never understood What it meant, or why the only […]

Dr. Seuss Would Be Proud; Testimony in Rhyme

So when I’m not writing, cooking meals for my family, gardening, cleaning, volunteering, etc., I try to keep up with what’s going on in my community. Currently, some of the city leaders want to spend about 700 million dollars to put another bridge across the river that divides our city. Now, the city is not […]

Seed Savers: Heirloom, Sneak Peek

  Excerpt from Heirloom, book three in Seed Savers Series Clare didn’t know how she could stay indoors on a day like today—sixty-five degrees, sunny and warm. And yet she couldn’t think of anything more to do outside. After she got home from school, she let the chickens wander while she pulled weeds from Marissa’s […]

Poetry Without Words

Today I wanted to do one final post related to the weekend at Drift Creek Camp. I found the creeping, clinging, crawling, hanging moss and lichen to be so awesome that I tried for quite some time to write a poem about it. But it never came out right. So here are some of the […]

Spring

Spring Poem I need a poem for spring I check my chapbook—the one I wrote two years ago. I look under my bed; wander through the house, searching. And through each window the rising sun peeks. It’s out there—I know it—spring. Pungent daffodils such bright yellow you expect them to rub off on your hands […]

They’re Longfellows (Feet, Part 2)

Today is the sequel to the post titled But Her Feet Show It,  which featured the “answer poem”  to This Is Just to Say by Williams. This time, I answer The Village Blacksmith by Longfellow.  My poem is first, but if you need to refresh your memory, you can scroll to the end where I […]